Peter & Paul Snowden’s returning mare I’ve Got The Looks has opened favourite to win the Silk Stocking 2015 first-up on the Gold Coast this weekend after her nice recent trial form back in Sydney.
A bumper 16-starter field of fillies and mares is engaged for Saturday’s $150,000 Listed Better Than Ready Silk Stocking (1200m), the handicap clash set to run as race four at 1:27pm (AEST) on Hollindale Stakes Day.
Drawn a treat in barrier two for ace hoop Glen Boss, five-year-old I’ve Got The Looks pays $3 in the latest Silk Stocking odds at Ladbrokes.com.au having a nice first-up record of a win and two seconds from three starts leading into the race.
She hasn’t raced since a below par 11th to Avoid Lightning in a Group 3 at Randwick last October, but she has won back-to-back trials in Sydney leading up to her return and from the gate with 54.5kg should be competitive.
She is followed in the Silk Stocking betting markets by three other single figure hopes including the $5 second pick Diamond Fund drawn in gate eight.
Matthew Dunn’s Snippetson four-year-old has her third Gold Coast run having run first and second in her two other starts at the track, the latest of which was when she was beaten only a length over 1400m in a Class 6 here in mid-March.
The next best in the markets at $6, in from $7, is Espiritu in barrier three for jockey Tye Angland.
Prepared at Ballina by Stephen Lee the four-year-old daughter of Danasinga is after her third win on the trot following back-to-back summer wins at Doomben earlier in the year.
In total she has won six of her nine starts, and is yet to finish out of the money having also run second twice and third once to give her an ace Win / Place rate.
Espiritu is also a gun over the 1200m with two wins and a second from her three previous runs over the distance, and she’s won all three of her previous first-up runs, which is imposing form leading into the weekend off a winning trial over 1010m on April 16.
The only other hope under $10 for the win is then Estonian Princess ($7) who has a few things working against her.
She jumps from a wide barrier 14 of 15 draw in the sprint on Saturday, Brenton Avdulla in the saddle, and is the only horse carrying more than 54.5kg giving weight away to her rivals with the 58kg.
The Gerald Ryan-trained Snitzel mare though is deserving of that top weight based on class alone, the 22-start four-year-old last seen running fourth to Rudy in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick last December.
At more generous odds but not without claims are then the likes of Rex Lipp’s last start winner at the track and distance Sarisara ($11) to be ridden by the flying 52-year-old Jimmy Cassidy, the local Kelly Doughty-trained Little Brown Horse ($14) with the rails run from barrier one and Love Shuttle ($15) coming off a Doomben win from late March.
See below for the full Silk Stocking 2015 field, barriers, jockeys, weights and betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au – home of the $250 bonus bet for new customers this season!