Mick Price’s undefeated young filly Bottle Of Smoke is clear favourite to keep the winning streak going when she steps up to black type company for the first time in the 2015 Angus Armanasco Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday.
The three-year-old daughter of Northern Meteor is one of 11 fillies making up the field for this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Polytrack Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m), the set weights plus penalties clash to run as Blue Diamond Stakes Day race three at 2:40pm (AEDT).
Price has two chances in the race, both last start winners, with Bottle Of Smoke being spruiked as the one to beat in barrier four with Damien Oliver in the saddle.
The lightly-raced up-and-comer has had just the two starts to date but has won both, most recently a 1200m Benchmark 64 against the older mares at Mornington on February 11.
Oliver had the ride that day where Bottle Of Smoke overcame barrier 10 of 12 to win by two lengths, the filly tipped to appreciate a better barrier and coming back against her own age on Saturday.
Sitting as the firm $3.50 favourite in the latest Angus Armanasco Stakes odds, Bottle Of Smoke is joined on single figures to win by four rivals.
The next best in betting are the closely-rated Marple Miss ($4.60) and the rails-drawn Sabatini ($4.80) who are both also coming off victories.
Chad Schofield has the ride on Kris Lees’ Not A Single Doubt filly Marple Miss who shoots for her fourth win on the trot to bring her record up to five wins from eight starts.
Her latest victory was over 1500m at Rosehill on February 7, Saturday her Melbourne debut.
She is undefeated over the 1400m however with two previous wins over the distance and is every chance drawn one outside the favourite in barrier five.
Sabatini meanwhile gets the inside run if jockey Nicholas Hall wants it, the Lee & Shannon Hope-trained Street Cry filly a proven Group performer.
She won the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield last August and also ran third to Amicus at the track to finish off her strong spring campaign in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) in October.
Her first-up start in the autumn was in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m), also run at Caulfield, a fortnight ago when defeating Royal Snitzel (2nd) and Fontein Ruby (3rd) for the win.
Kevin Hayes third placegetter Fontein Ruby is then the $6 fourth pick for Saturday.
The Robert Smerdon-trained Turffontein filly won the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) – Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) double last spring before finishing out of the money in her two other spring assignments.
She ran dead last to Set Square in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival but looked much better first-up in the Kevin Hayes.
Rounding out the single figure fancies at $8.50 is then the early market mover Thinking Of You, backed in from $9.
Luke Nolen rides the Peter Moody-trained Thorn Park filly who ran sixth last time out in the Kevin Hayes Stakes.
She has won two of her four assignments, including one over this track and distance last September, and also has Group 1 form when third to First Seal in the Flight Stakes over the Randwick mile last campaign.
Other notable Angus Armanasco Stakes hopes and their current prices for an upset include Price’s other runner in the race Samartested ($12) who comes off a 1300m win in Adelaide and the Robbie Griffiths-trained Mossbeat out to $19.
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