The sole Group 1 race in Sydney this weekend is Rosehill’s Coolmore Classic 2015 where the John Thompson-trained three-year-old First Seal is the easing odds-on favourite.
There are 13 fillies and mares set to face off in Race 7 at 4:10pm (AEDT) this Saturday at Rosehill Gardens in the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m), the young favourite drawn wide in barrier 11.
Fastnet Rock filly First Seal has shown freakish ability to date winning the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) during the spring as well as finishing runner-up to Hampton Court in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).
This season she’s had the two runs against her own age, including an all-too-easy win when emphatically accounting for her rivals in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on February 28.
Saturday is her first test against an open-age field and while she doesn’t get in great in the weights with 55.5kg, the bookies at Ladbrokes.com.au have her at $1.85 in the latest Coolmore Classic odds after she eased out from $1.70 over the past couple of days.
Originally there were no other single figure hopes in Coolmore Classic betting but money has come for the Peter Moody-trained Plucky Belle who has firmed in from $10 to $9.50 to improve on her last start second to Catkins in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) on February 21 at Rosehill.
Six-year-old Plucky Belle has a nice record at the track with two wins from three starts and the Millie Fox Stakes form stacked up last weekend when the winner Catkins ran a brave second to Cosmic Endeavour in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m).
The next two best in betting at $13 to win are the Kris Lees-trained Red Ransom four-year-old Thump who won the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) at Randwick two back before taking on the boys for a sixth to It’s Somewhat in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) late last month, and Peter & Paul Snowden’s Guy Walter Stakes third placed Hussonet mare Mahara.
They are followed closely in the markets then by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) winner Adrift ($15) drawn nicely in barrier three for jockey Tommy Berry and getting in on the 52kg minimum, and last year’s Queensland Oaks winner Tinto ($16) in from $17.
Another notable Coolmore Classic market mover is the 58kg top weight Dear Demi backed in from $17 to $15 to be the first mare since Sunline (60kg in 2002) to carry more than 57kg to victory in the handicap clash.
Clarry Conners’ former Crown Oaks winner is second-up for the season and comes off a close fifth when under three lengths off the winner in the Group 3 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m).
Also under $20 in the markets are Waterhouse’s other runner Diamond Drille ($18), Arabian Gold ($18) and the Chris Waller-trained Thousand Guineas winner Amicus ($19) who is in from $21.
See below for the current Coolmore Classic 2015 odds, fixed win betting open online now at Ladbrokes.com.au where first time depositing players are eligible for a $250 free bet bonus by quoting the code BETBONUS this season!