The Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Mihiri has good form heading into Saturday’s 2015 Wenona Girl Handicap and has opened favourite in the markets for the Royal Randwick showdown.
One of nine races on the Randwick Guineas Day program this weekend, the $150,000 Group 3 Wenona Girl Handicap (1200m) is due to run as race three at 1:35pm (AEDT).
The mares-only event features a field of 13 this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, with current Wenona Girl Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au led by Mihiri on $4.
The in-form More Than Ready four-year-old has a gun barrier two draw with ace Sydney-based hoop Tommy Berry to ride, Mihiri after her second win from three runs this time in.
First-up she enjoyed a one and three-quarter length victory over Role Model at Randwick with James McDonald in the saddle, before Berry jumped on in the Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m) on February 7.
In the Breeders’ Classic Mihiri was far from disgraced in black type company, holding her own with a brave third behind Chris Waller’s smart Group 1 placed mare Catkins who is the favourite to win the $500,000 Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) in Sydney on Saturday.
Following Mihiri in the latest Wenona Girl Handicap betting markets are then I Love It ($6.) and the returning Brook Road ($6.50).
Drawn in barrier five, John Salanitri’s visiting Victorian-trained Artie Schiller four-year-old I Love It shoots for her third consecutive win.
She won at Ballarat last November before a first-up victory in the Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy (1200m) at Hobart on February 6.
Having also run in a Group 3 in Adelaide last season, the well-travelled I Love It on Saturday runs in her fourth state in five starts.
Brook Road meanwhile is first-up, the Kris Lees-trained God’s Own four-year-old having run top three in all but one of her nine previous starts.
Most recently she won the Listed Tattersall’s Classic (1200m) at Doomben last November, and she trialled well at Wyong on February 16 leading into Saturday’s resuming run where Brook Road shoots for her third first-up win from four attempts.
Also at single figures to win are the likes of Luke Griffith’s five-year-old Just A Girl coming off back-to-back February wins and the widely-drawn market mover My Sabeel at $7.50 each, as well as Griante ($9) also drawn wide in barrier 11.
The David Brideoake-trained Good Journey four-year-old Griante has her first start at Randwick this weekend on the back of a nice fourth in the Bellmaine Stakes at Caulfield, and from seven runs over the distance has had two wins and two seconds.
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