Calaverite Scratched from 2015 Widden Stakes

January 29, 2015

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Calaverite Scratched from 2015 Widden Stakes

John O’Shea will saddle just one Godolphin filly in the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday after Calaverite was scratched from the race.

Calaverite was scratched from the Widden Stakes due to wet tracks.

Calaverite was scratched from the Widden Stakes due to wet tracks. Photo by Steve Hart.

The two-year-old filly was the top weight of the field after winning the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) on debut back in October, due to carry 57.5kg and jump from barrier five with jockey Sam Clipperton.

Her stable mate Igraine remains in contention for the $150,000 race.

Representatives from Godolphin had previously said that while both fillies would accept for the 2015 Widden Stakes, the rain-affected track at Rosehill could see them scratched as late as the day of.

However O’Shea didn’t need any extra time, scratching Calaverite on Thursday morning.

“We just thought we’d let everyone know early, she doesn’t need to go around if the track is too wet,” O’Shea told TVN.

“It doesn’t change much with our preparation going forward. She can just wait a couple of weeks. She’s quite forward and I can keep her ticking over.”

Igraine was runner-up to Calaverite in the Gimcrack Stakes, finishing just half a length behind her stable mate. The filly kept hunting along the rails to hold the position at the front and boxed on well for second place.

The filly will get the ideal jump on Saturday from barrier two with James McDonald to ride.

Igraine is on the second line of betting for the Widden Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au with odds of $5. Gai Waterhouse’s Giulietta is $3.70 favourite after her maiden win at Rosehill earlier this month.

Downpour in Sydney on Wednesday led the track to a heavy 9 rating and while the weather is supposed to improve for the rest of the week, Rosehill will likely still be rain-affected given the fact that 57mm fell in just 24 hours.

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