The feature race at Hobart this Friday night under the lights at Tattersall’s Park is the Bow Mistress Trophy 2015 for fillies and mares where Stephen Theodore’s Victorian raider Lady Lakshmi is narrow favourite to win.
There are seven interstate visitors among the 14 remaining hopes in the $150,000 Tasracing.com.au Bow Mistress Trophy (1200m) following the early scratching of Merrick’s Beauty.
Leading the early Bow Mistress Trophy betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au at $6, four-year-old Lonhro mare Lady Lakshmi jumps from barrier five with Daniel Stackhouse in the saddle.
She’s looking to add to a good second-up record (5-2-0-0) after running seventh first-up at Moonee Valley over 1200m on January 24, a good run she’ll be improving on here in her Tasmanian debut.
Following closely in the Bow Mistress Trophy odds are then I Love It ($6.50) out wide in barrier 12 for Stephen Baster and Miss Middleton ($6.50) with a better barrier four draw boosting her chances.
John Salanitri’s Artie Schiller four-year-old I Love It is down from Caulfield and comes off a win at Ballarat over the distance from November.
She resumes here then and has won two of her previous three first-up runs making her a smart chance of adding to that here.
Miss Middleton is then prepared at Spreyton by top Tasmanian trainer Barry Campbell who has engaged the services of apprentice hoop Ismail Toker for the Bow Mistress ride on his six-year-old Churchill Downs mare.
Lightly-raced for her age with just 16 previous runs, Miss Middleton boasts six wins including two from five over the 1200m with the most recent of those being two back at Launceston on New Year’s Eve.
She was then dropped back to 1100m on January 25 back at Hobart, just her second run back after a stint with James & Bart Cummings.
Running second that day only half a length separated her and the winner Sh’Bourne Spirit and the step back up to 1200m is set to suit this weekend.
Drawn one inside of Miss Middleton with barrier three is then the next best fancied runner, Nadeem Lass ($7).
Nadeem Lass for Cranbourne’s Robbie Griffiths continues the trend of the short priced raiders in Hobart’s Group 3 this weekend.
She returned at the end of last month running fifth over 1200m at Moonee Valley and looks a better place chance over 1200m than winner based on her record over the distance (12-1-3-3).
Outside the top four chances is then the last of the single figure fancies, Arenzano in gate two paying $9.
The Not A Single Doubt five-year-old is the second representative for Campbell and comes off a good fourth behind Hellova Street in the Listed Tattsbet.com Stakes (1200m) at Launceston on January 21.
Representing good value at double figure quotes but with genuine claims are then the likes of the super consistent Tegan Keys-trained Wonzee ($10) after her third on the trot who is undefeated over the distance, Bill Ryan’s last start winner at the track Sh’Bourne Spirit ($10) and Commands four-year-old Awaista ($12) who is a Victorian import who arrived in Tasmanian a few months back.
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