Joe Pride’s Group 1 placegetter Kuro returns to racing on Randwick Guineas Day this weekend and is sitting top of the markets for the Fireball Quality 2015 in Sydney.
The Denham colt is one of 12 remaining three-year-olds in the last at Randwick on Saturday after the early withdrawal of Mossfun from the $125,000 Listed Xirrus Fireball Stakes (1100m) – running as Race 9 at 5:30pm (AEDT).
Instead the Team Hawkes-trained Golden Slipper winning filly Mossfun takes on the older rivals in the $400,000 Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) one run before the Fireball Quality rounds out the action.
Wearing the number one saddlecloth is the highest-rated and shortest-priced hope, Kuro, paying $2.60 through Ladbrokes.com.au to retain his flawless first-up record with his third win when resuming.
A winner of five of his eight starts all together, the galloper won back-to-back Listed races over 1100m and 1200m respectively at Randwick during the spring before heading to Melbourne to finish off his prep.
At Flemington on Victoria Derby Day on November 1 he was far from disgraced, catching the eye with a close third to Brazen Beau in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m).
He is back in Sydney this weekend kicking off his autumn campaign in the Fireball, jockey Hugh Bowman with the ride from barrier six.
Three of Kuro’s rivals are also under $10 in the latest Fireball Quality odds to win including the $5.50 second pick Peeping.
Ron Quinton’s lightly-raced Redoute’s Choice filly has had two runs to date for two wins and a third, her latest being a first-up victory at this track and distance on February 18.
That gives her two 1100m wins but she is yet to race in black type company.
The two other single figure fancies are then Onemorezeta ($6.50) in barrier four and the widely-drawn Music Magnate ($8) out in 12.
Kris Lees’ Onemorenomore filly Onemorezeta has had five runs all up for a trio of wins, her latest being a smart half-length victory over Eloping in the Group 3 Red Roses (1100m) at Flemington during November’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.
She has also won over 1000m in Sydney, at the Warwick Farm track, and comes off a brave first-up fifth to Adrift when beaten just over two lengths at Royal Randwick on February 14 in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m).
While Onemorezeta steps back in class for Saturday’s assignment, the Bjorn Baker-trained Written Tycoon gelding Music Magnate is up in class seeing stakes’ company for the first time.
He has won two of his three previous runs, including over 1200m at Canterbury on December 27, and comes off a winning Randwick trial over Sheer Style from February 23.
The other most notable hope in the Fireball Quality field is then the market mover Traveston Girl who has been backed in from $14 to $13 after coming up trumps with barrier one.
Jim Cassidy rides Tony Gollan’s visiting Brisbane raider, the Flying Spur filly after her first win since a victory at Doomben back in July.
She had three Melbourne runs during the spring and was impressive last time out when runner-up to Amicus in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.
She is yet to race in Sydney however and will be better over more distance, but can’t be ruled out of a place here based on class alone.
See below for the current Fireball Quality 2015 betting odds on offer for this weekend’s Randwick Guineas Day support race, markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au who are matching first time depositing player’s opening investments up to $250 this season!