John Thompson’s ultra-smart filly First Seal is odds-on favourite to win the 2015 Vinery Stud Stakes on The BMW Day at Rosehill Racecourse this Saturday.
The three-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock is one of 14 fillies making up the final field for the $400,000 Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the set weights classic running as Race 6 at 3:50pm (AEDT).
Drawn mid-field in barrier seven, which only just produced a winner in 2013 with Norzita, First Seal is after her second Group 1 trophy to add to the Flight Stakes she won over the Randwick mile last October.
She has had four runs since and finished second in three, winning the other when beating Supara by nearly three lengths on February 28 in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm.
Runner-up to Hampton Court when up against the boys in last year’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), First Seal was also second first-up on February 14 when three quarters of a length off Adrift in the Light Fingers Stakes over 1200m at Randwick three back.
Her Surround Stakes win followed before her latest start on March 14 at Rosehill when a nose away second to Plucky Belle in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m).
First Seal was drawn wide in barrier 11 of 13 in the Coolmore and super brave in defeat, an effort she’s tipped to improve on here from a better barrier over more metres in her third start at Rosehill Gardens.
The latest Vinery Stud Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au have her as the odds-on $1.95 favourite, out from $1.90, as one of just four single figure hopes.
Occupying the second line of Vinery Stud Stakes betting at $6.50 is Winx drawn one on the top fancy’s inside in barrier six for jockey Tommy Berry.
Barrier six produced the 2012 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Mosheen, Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller hoping it can do so again as he chases his first victory in the race with Street Cry filly Winx.
Runner-up to First Seal in the Flight Stakes, Winx has had three runs this time in improving off a second-up fifth in the Surround Stakes to win the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 14 by one and three-quarter lengths.
The two other single figure hopes are both rated a $9 chance to score an upset Vinery Stud Stakes result with Set Square and Adrift drawn at opposite ends of the field in barriers 12 and five respectively.
Ciaron Maher prepares the super consistent Reset filly Set Square who has run top three in all six of her starts to date including a trio of wins.
She took out the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) in Melbourne during the spring before returning to Flemington on February 21 when runner-up in the Group 3 Vanity Stakes (1400m).
Her latest run was then a third to Noble Protector, odds-on favourite to win the Group 2 Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley this Friday night, in the Group 3 Matron Stakes (1600m).
Saturday is Set Square’s Rosehill debut and how she handles the opposite way of racing will be key to her chances, which were dampened somewhat with the wide barrier 12 draw that hasn’t produced a winner since A Little Kiss (1990).
Adrift meanwhile is the Vinery Stud Stakes market mover in from $10, Damien Oliver riding the Gai Waterhouse-trained daughter of Zabeel.
Bred to stay, Adrift won the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) over First Seal first-up but has been unplaced in her two runs since including a last start ninth in the Coolmore Classic she’s out to atone for here.
Other notable hopes at more generous Vinery Stud Stakes odds are then Waller’s Group 1 Thousand Guineas winner Amicus ($13) coming off fourth place runs in the Surround Stakes and Coolmore Classic, and Victorian visitor Fenway ($17) before the markets open right up.
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