Leon & Trony Corsten’s Melbourne visitor Marianne has opened favourite in the 2015 Queen Of The South Stakes odds to win her Adelaide debut at Morphettville Racecourse this weekend.
One of four Group races on the Robert Sangster Stakes Day program, this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Hughes Chauffeured Limousines Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) has attracted 13 fillies and mares.
Leading the latest markets on the set weights plus penalties clash, which is set to run as Morphettville Race 6 at 3:18pm (SA time), is Darci Brahma four-year-old Marianne at a current quote of $3.70.
She is drawn well mid-field in barrier six for hoop Hugh Bowman, who has a number of ace rides across the card on Saturday.
A winner of three of her 15 starts to date, Marianne has run top three in her last three assignments in black-type company back in Melbourne including a third to Amorino last time out in the Listed Anniversary Vase (1400m) on April 18.
She is joined on single-figures by five of her rivals in the Queen Of The South Stakes betting markets including Girl In Flight ($6) and Japhils ($6.50) who are both drawn wide in the outside barriers 13 and 12 respectively.
Robbie Griffiths prepares classy Commands mare Girl In Flight, the grey having run second to Noble Protector two back at Moonee Valley in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) where Marianne finished third.
Last time out she ran from barrier 14 of 15 in a mile handicap at Flemington and finished four lengths away fifth, a run she’s out to improve on here over the same distance from a similarly wide gate.
John Sadler’s daughter of Choisir Japhils meanwhile takes on the older mares here, the three-year-old filly in good form including a win over 1400m at Morphettville Parks in her Adelaide debut only last Saturday.
She’s set for a short seven-day turnaround into the Queen Of The South then, but was impressive in the Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m) winning by over two lengths.
The next best in betting are then Atlantis Dream ($7) and Lady Cumquat ($8), before Bippo No Bungus ($9.50) rounds out the hopes under $10 for the win.
Darren Weir’s Elusive City six-year-old Atlantis Dream is only lightly raced for her age having her 14th start here, the Gold Coast Bracelet sixth placegetter coming off a second to Silverball in the Flemington race that produced Girl In Flight (5th).
Weir’s other runner Lady Cumquat meanwhile has winning form up to 2000m, but her lead-up runs have been mediocre at best including an eighth over the 1600m at Flemington last Saturday when carrying a hefty 60kg she’ll appreciate dropping three kilos from in this.
Bippo No Bungus meanwhile has a good gate three draw for jockey Chris Parnham who rides the mare for his father Neville, the visiting Perth-trained Dubawi five-year-old’s latest runs all being in Melbourne including an Anniversary Vase fourth.
For punters looking for value outside the single figure fancies on Saturday, some of the best outside chances include Weir’s third rep in the race Ava’s Delight ($10) drawn well in gate two and Phillip Stokes’ local Held Hostage ($15) on the rails for jockey Dom Tourneur.
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