The Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m), kicking off the race meeting at Rosehill this Saturday, has seen a mass exodus of late with three runners all getting scratched from the race in the past 24 hours.
David Pfieffer’s Atmospherical was scratched in favour of the Group The Galaxy (1100m), for which she was first emergency but has already guaranteed her place in the field, Ciaron Maher’s Chloe In Paris is hoping for a similar result since she’s second emergency for the same race, and David Hayes & Tom Dabernig’s Tawteen will tackle the Listed Sebring (1200m) instead.
That leaves just eight fillies and mares to run in the 2015 Birthday Card Stakes, five of which are offering single figure odds in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Headlining the odds is the Team Hawkes-trained Mossfun, returning to the site of her Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) win one year later.
Mossfun won the $3.5 million race as a two-year-old last April but ended up being spelled for ten months after a virus in late August ruled the filly out of the spring carnival. She resumed in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) on February 14 but ran a disappointing sixth, three lengths behind winner Adrift.
She had her chance to atone in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) on March 7 but ran sixth once again, this time four lengths behind winner Miracles Of Life. So her trainers have opted to drop her down in class to see if she can return to winning form.
Mossfun will carry the topweight of 58kg in the Birthday Card Stakes, two and a half kilos more than all seven of her rivals, and jump from the outside gate.
Not far behind Mossfun in the betting are Brook Road and Shamalia, both paying odds of $4.
Brook Road is the market mover of the field, seeing her price firm from $7 following support from punters. The Kris Lees-trained mare will jump from barrier six with champion jockey James McDonald, who rode Mossfun to victory in the Golden Slipper last year.
The four-year-old mare has placed in eight of her 10 career starts, enjoying a win in the Listed Travel Associates Classic (1200m) back in November; however she resumed for a third-last run in the Group 3 Wenona Girl Handicap (1200m) on March 7.
Bart & James Cummings’ Shamalia will be one gate out in barrier seven with Hugh Bowman to ride. The four-year-old mare is hit-and-miss with her success, winning a Benchmark 84 over 1000m in November before running end of the field in the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m). Shamalia will get her first start since the end of November in the Birthday Card Stakes.
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