Wide Barrier Forces Vain Queen Back in Robert Sangster 2015

Jockey Nicholas Hall will have no option but to go back and wait for the lengthy home straight to make a winning charge in the 2015 Robert Sangster Stakes on Saturday after his mount Vain Queen drew wide in the classic.

Nicholas Hall

Nicholas Hall will ride Vain Queen back from her wide barrier 16 draw in Saturday’s 2015 Robert Sangster Stakes on Saturday at Morphettville. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

A field of 17 fillies and mares are accepted to face off in this year’s $400,000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m), the weight-for-age sprint running as Morphettville Race 7 at 3:58pm (SA time).

Pre-field favourite in the Robert Sangster Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au was John Sadler’s Artie Schiller mare Vain Queen.

She could be on the drift in the Robert Sangster Stakes odds however after she drew wide in barrier 13 of 17 for Saturday’s showdown.

Wide barrier draws though have far from been the end of a runner’s chances in the feature, with the past two winners doing it from double digits with Driefontein (10) last year and Platelet (11) in 2013.

Rostova (2010) also jumped from 14 after barrier 13 produced both Bel Mer (2009) and Juste Momente (2008).

Even wider than that barrier 15 produced the 1995 winner Viminaria, 18 was the winning barrier in 1990 with Lecia Western overcoming the awkward barrier and in 1987 Wicked Smile did it from 17.

Those are all examples the Caulfield-based Sadler will take solace from, the horseman keeping positive ahead of the weekend.

Far from an ideal barrier draw, Sadler said that Vain Queen was still a big hope if Hall could get her to settle towards the back from the gate and save herself for a powerful late burst down the lengthy run from the turn to the winning post.

“It’s definitely not ideal, but there’s a nice straight run to the first turn and we have to deal with what we’ve been dealt,” he told Racing Victoria on Tuesday.

“She can’t go forward from there because it’ll just burn her out, so she’s going to be ridden back in the field.

“She’s the sort of filly that could bounce and be running fourth or fifth, but because she’s drawn 13 she’s going to have to be back running 10th or 11th.

“That probably simplifies what that barrier does to you.”

He might not be 100% happy with the gate, but physically Sadler couldn’t be more pleased with the condition of Vain Queen heading into the Group 1.

“I have no concerns about her at all,” he said.

“She’s in really good shape.”

Also high up the Robert Sangster Stakes odds post-barrier draw now is former Blue Diamond Stakes winner Miracles Of Life, originally trained in SA by Daniel Clarken.

She now resides with Team Snowden in Sydney and comes back to Adelaide on the back of a nice third in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill on March 21.

Looking to become the third four-year-old in five years to salute in the Robert Sangster, Not A Single Doubt mare Miracles Of Life is drawn well in barrier seven for jockey Hugh Bowman this weekend.

The other best fancied chances include Avoid Lightning and Politeness, also drawn wide in barriers 16 and 14 respectively.

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