The Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) is the final Group race running at Flemington this Saturday, set to run at 5:10pm (AEDT), with 12 fillies and mares set to tackle the mile trip.
Seven of the 12 runners are offering single figure odds in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, led by Noble Protector at $4.
The Robert Smerdon-trained mare will enjoy a jump from barrier five with Craig Williams to ride and carry the minimum weight of 54kg.
Noble Protector is resuming in the 2015 Schweppervescence Trophy, having last run in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington on November 8 where she finished just outside the placings in fourth.
The five-year-old mare last won the Listed Aphrodite Stakes (2400m) in England last year and finished runner-up in the Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m) on her first start in Australia.
Following Noble Protector in the Schweppervescence betting are Bonaria and Set Square, both paying odds of $5.
Pat Hyland’s Bonaria will carry the topweight of 58.5kg as the six-year-old jumps from barrier four with Dwayne Dunn. The mare is a winner at the highest level of racing after beating home 16 rivals in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on November 1. She resumed three months later for a second placing in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) before finishing just one and a half lengths off winner Tycoon Tara in the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) two weeks later.
Ciaron Maher’s Set Square will need to overcome a wide start from barrier 11 with Hugh Bowman to ride. The three-year-old filly has placed in all five of her career starts, including a win at the highest level last November in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m). She resumed for a runner-up finish in the Group 3 Vanity (1400m) on February 21, running just half a length behind winner Sweet And Speedy.
These top three betting prospects bring a lot of class to the 2015 Schweppervescence Trophy field but face competition from four other single figure hopefuls:
- #6 Precious Gem ($7) – the Gwenda Johnstone-trained mare has placed in four of her seven 1600m races but has little experience at Flemington, although she did win a Mares Handicap at the track over 1700 metres in November. Precious Gem will jump from barrier nine with Damien Oliver.
- #5 Marianne ($9) – the four-year-old mare last won the Listed Alexandra Stakes over a mile in March last year but has failed to win any of her four subsequent starts. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained mare will enjoy a start from barrier two with Mark Zahra.
- #7 Choose ($9) – one of two horses saddled by Lee & Shannon Hope in the race, Choose will enjoy the inside jump from barrier one with international superstar Joao Moreira to ride. Choose was last seen running a close second to Tycoon Tara in the Mannerism Stakes.
- #12 Fenway ($9.50) – the Hope’s other runner in the race is three-year-old Fenway, who is the market mover of the field after her price shortened from $10. Fenway will carry the minimum weight of 53kg as she jumps from barrier seven with Nicholas Hall.
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