Gai Waterhouse’s top weight Cosmic Endeavour dominates 2015 Triscay Stakes betting for the Royal Randwick showdown in Sydney this Saturday.
Apollo Stakes Day features four Group races this weekend including the mares-only $150,000 Group 3 Robrick Lodge Triscay Stakes (1200m).
Sitting top of the 12-mare field and the Triscay Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is Northern Meteor four-year-old Cosmic Endeavour drawn in barrier nine for Tommy Berry.
A winner of four of her five most recent runs, she was last seen taking out the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm in June during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Her other notable wins that campaign included the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) over Driefontein, the Inglis 3YO Guineas and the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.
She returns to Randwick for the first time since that win last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and shoots for another win at the track.
Her first-up record suggests she’ll run well fresh in the Triscay, Cosmic Endeavour having won two from three when resuming previously, but she does have to lump around the hefty 60kg top weight.
Being a Group 1 winner though she deserves the kilos and the bookmakers remain confident she’s the one to beat with Ladbrokes.com.au currently paying $2.60 for her to win after she opened at $2.70.
Four of her rivals join her under $10 in the latest Triscay Stakes betting markets including the $8 second elect Calming Influence drawn out wide in barrier 12.
Jason Collett rides the Chris Waller-trained Commands four-year-old from the outside barrier taking over from Damien Oliver who had the ride for the mare’s two most recent runs.
Last start she won a Benchmark 90 over 1400m at Flemington on New Year’s Day and since then ran a close third in a 900m hit-out at Rosehill on February 3.
Three mares then pay $9 to win with Forever Loved, Mahara and My Sabeel.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained High Chaparral four-year-old Forever Loved is after her first win since taking out the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) at Flemington back in early October last year.
Her latest effort was a below par 16th, of 16 runners, behind Bonaria in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on Derby Day.
She is yet to win at the track from three starts or run top three in any of her three previous goes at the distance but did win a 1200m Randwick trial in a strong performance on February 2 defeating Big Memory by a length.
Mahara represents Peter & Paul Snowden in barrier eight and won back-to-back races to cap off her spring last time in, including over 1400m in a Flemington Group 3 on Melbourne Cup Day.
My Sabeel then has work to do from barrier 11, the veteran Savabeel seven-year-old last seen running fifth to Mahara in the Group 3 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m) on November 4.
Also with claims at more generous odds are then the likes of Kris Lees’ Group 2 winning daughter of Red Ransom Thump ($12) and another Waller-trained entry Champagne Cath ($14) last seen running third in the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap at the Gold Coast on January 10.
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