While the wide gates have proved better at Warwick Farm today with more winners coming from the deep of the track, Always Allison was the second horses to win from the inside gate in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m).
The Chris Waller-trained filly kept her unbeaten record in tact in the two-year-old race, beating home her 11 rivals in a strong finish.
Always Allison drove up on the fence after jumping and was fourth on the fence. As she approached the home turn, the filly looked to come away from the inside and got on the back of leader Speak Fondly. She made her way to the centre, challenged the leader, and with 50m to go drove to the front to win running away from Speak Fondly with Tibrogargan Miss in third.
It was an impressive late charge from the two-year-old after she wasn’t great away and had to give a bit of ground to get to the outside.
It was a great start to the race day at Warwick Farm for Waller, who has a potentially record-breaking eight runners in the feature race, the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), at 4:15pm (AEDT).
Always Allison is not currently nominated for the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on March 21 and her owners will need to pay a $150,000 late-entry fee if the wish to tackle the world’s richest juvenile race.
Waller for one is keen to run the filly in the race.
“It’s not my money so it’s a pretty easy decision for me,” he said.
“We’ll make the decision in the next couple of days, just have to see what you can beat. If you can beat moderate horses it’s a no-brainer but if you’re beating the likes of Godolphin and that that we’ve seen running lately then it’s going to be a big call.
“She’s not fool proof yet, she’s not the best of beginners, and even today she was a touch slow so she’s not going to have that blistering speed for the Slipper but she showed a different dimension today which for me was the best part – she settled.”
Glyn Schofield delivered the winning ride on Always Allison but believes the filly would be better suited towards the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) on April 14 than either the Slipper or Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m).
“She always felt like she didn’t know how to get there and go,” he said.
“But once she balanced up she put her head down and the final 100m was soft in the end.
“I think the Champagne is more for her, she’s a very casual horse.”
Punters that backed Always Allison to win the 2015 Sweet Embrace Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au enjoyed a lucrative payout at odds of $4.20.
2015 Sweet Embrace Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||5||ALWAYS ALLISON||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||–||1||55.5kg||$3.60|
|2||8||SPEAK FONDLY||Gai Waterhouse||Kerrin McEvoy||0.5L||6||55.5kg||$3.30F|
|3||2||TIBROGARGAN MISS||Darryl Hansen||Luke Tarrant (a)||1L||4||55.5kg||$13|
|4||10||MOWGLI||Clarry Conners||Joshua Parr||2L||2||55.5kg||$12|
|5||3||ITALY||John O’Shea||James Doyle||2.4L||8||55.5kg||$21|
|6||11||CIRCULAR||John O’Shea||James McDonald||2.9L||9||55.5kg||$9|
|7||4||RACY||Gary Portelli||Hugh Bowman||3L||5||55.5kg||$19|
|8||1||LADY JIVAGO||Jeff Englebrecht||Grant Buckley||3.8L||10||55.5kg||$9|
|9||7||HEAVENLY HAND||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||6.1L||3||55.5kg||$18|
|10||6||MICUCCI||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||7.9L||11||55.5kg||$8|
|11||12||ALPINA||John P Thompson||Blake Shinn||9.9L||7||55.5kg||$51|
|–||9||THORSBORNE||Gerald Ryan||Tim Clark||–||0||–||–|