Sydney’s Gerald Ryan could face the dilemma of racing his young filly Perignon on three successive Saturdays should she accept in this weekend’s Magic Night Stakes ahead of a possible shot at the Golden Slipper – ATC Sires Produce Stakes 2015 double.
There are a host of Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival options being considered for the two-year-old daughter of Snitzel who is one of 18 fillies nominated for the $175,000 Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday.
The set weights race is a qualifier for the world’s richest race for juveniles, offering an exemption to the winner for the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) back at the track on March 21.
Perignon is currently only rated a $67 roughie in the all-in Golden Slipper odds at Ladbrokes.com.au that are led by Gai Waterhouse’s undefeated colt Vancouver ($3.20) who was last seen winning the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) on March 7 by an impressive three and a quarter lengths.
That’s a price that will shorten dramatically should Ryan opt to run her in the Magic Night Stakes this Saturday on Coolmore Classic Day, and should she go on to win the race defeating the likes of Chris Waller’s Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) winner Always Allison and Waterhouse’s Carriages.
Ryan said that as well as the Golden Slipper Stakes the stable was also looking at a run during Sydney’s The Championships next month in the $1 million Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on April 4 for Perignon.
“We are also looking at the Sires’ two weeks after the Slipper,” he confirmed to AAP this week.
“I don’t have any worries about backing her up. She has done it before but it’s just a question of whether we want to go to the Slipper or the Sires.”
There were 70 first acceptances taken for the 2015 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes this week, Vancouver also favourite in those early markets at Ladbrokes.
Perignon is at a shorter $21 to win the Sires’ Produce than the Slipper with stablemate Fireworks at $13 in markets for the April race.
Snitzel filly Fireworks won the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) two back at the end of January and was last seen running third to English in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) on Randwick Guineas Day.
She is not currently nominated for the Golden Slipper but is being kept safe in betting at $17 with her owner John Camilleri of Fairway Thoroughbreds keen to pay the hefty $150,000 late entry to get her into the race.
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