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While Group One racing returns to Melbourne this weekend, Sydney will see its own action-packed meeting at Randwick with five black-type races.
John Thompson’s First Seal is the $3 favourite after drawing the inside jump from barrier one with Blake Shinn to ride.
First Seal has finished in the first two in five of her six career starts and enjoyed a very successful spring campaign. After winning her maiden in August, First Seal got her first test at black-type level racing in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m), which she won after charging away in the final 100 metres.
The filly then stepped up her game, winning the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) by three lengths before finishing runner-up to Hampton Court in the Group 1 Champion Stakes (2000m) just one week later.
First Seal is undeniably a top filly but she faces some tough competition in the 2015 Light Fingers Stakes.
- #1 Mossfun ($4) – The Team Hawkes-trained filly had a monster autumn campaign last year, which concluded with a win in the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m). After winning the richest juvenile race by three-quarters of a length, Mossfun was spelled before the spring. However her campaign was over before it began when she was struck down with a virus in August. Connections opted to spell her for the entire season, with an aim at being 100 percent fit for the autumn. Ten months after her last win, Mossfun resumes in the Light Fingers Stakes. The filly will jump from barrier seven with Tommy Berry as hoop.
- #6 Winx ($6) – One of two Chris Waller-trained fillies in contention for the Light Fingers Stakes title, Winx shows a lot of potential. The filly won the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) at the beginning of the spring before falling short of First Seal in both the Tea Rose and Flight Stakes. Time will tell if she can beat First Seal but perhaps she should be kept to separate races to really shine and return to the winner’s circle. Winx will enjoy a start from barrier three with Jason Collett in the saddle.
- #5 Memorial ($8.50) – James McDonald will be aboard Memorial instead of Mossfun after severing ties with Team Hawkes in favour of Godolphin. The filly has not won since stepping up to black-type racing in March last year but did finish runner-up in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) early last spring. The John O’Shea-trained filly will jump from barrier four.
- #8 Onemorezeta ($9) – Kris Lees’ three-year-old filly is the final single figure betting prospect after winning the Group 3 Gilgai Stakes (1100m) in November. The lightly run Onemorezeta has won all three of her starts, only one of which was a black-type race. The filly will jump from barrier six with Christian Reith.
Sydney racing fans are spoilt for choice this Saturday with a bevy of talented horses resuming across the meeting, including in the 2015 Light Fingers Stakes.
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