Two races from last weekend’s abandoned Hawkesbury meeting run instead at Rosehill Racecourse this Saturday including the 2015 Darley Crown, betting tips for the female galloper’s showdown found below.
Running as Rosehill Race 7 at 2:35pm (AEST), the rescheduled $150,000 Group 3 The 2015 Darley Crown (1300m) field is down to nine after the early scratchings of the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Dublin Lass (9) and Gai Waterhouse’s in-form filly Najoom (1) – the latter instead taking on the boys in the Hawkesbury Guineas at the same meeting.
Clear favourite in the Darley Crown odds at Ladbrokes.com.au now at a massively reduced price from an opening quote as long as $21 is Peron at $3.70.
Drawn in gate five for evergreen veteran hoop Jim Cassidy, Peter Moody’s Husson mare is a multiple Group 1 performer out to improve on a credible last start fifth behind Avoid Lightning in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 11.
She’s got a gun record of three wins from four starts over the 1300m distance so will appreciate the extra metres this weekend as she prepares to peak four runs into her campaign.
Following in a wide open Darley Crown betting market are then six other single figure chances including Solicit and Vergara drawn in barriers two and one respectively and paying an equal $5.50 to win.
Gerald Ryan prepares four-year-old Street Cry mare Solicit, last year’s Group 1 Myer Classic fourth placegetter racing for the first time since her disappointing 11th of 11 runners in the Group 3 Aspiration Quality (1600m) at Randwick on March 7.
She has won a subsequent trial at Rosehill however and should be on the improve.
Vergara meanwhile gets the inside run with the scratching of Najoom, the Anthony Cummings-trained Snippetson four-year-old having won her past two starts firstly at Hawkesbury in November to end a campaign and then on April 8 at Warwick Farm to kick things off again with a four and a half-length effort from a wide gate (11 of 11).
The next best in betting are then veteran seven-year-old My Sabeel ($7), Chris Waller’s Commands mare Calming Influence ($7) and the Ryan-trained Peace Force ($7.50) coming off a Belle Of The Turf second at Gosford in January.
At $8, Waller’s Show A Heart mare Belle De Coeur then rounds out the host of single figure hopes.
With so many live wire chances we’ve sorted the pretenders from the genuine contenders so you know who to back and who to sack in the Darley Crown on the weekend through Ladbrokes.com.au.
#4 Peron ($3.70)
Really hard race to do the form on because of the seven day delay, so sticking with the favourite who will be finishing closer this time than she did when still only two and a half off the Sapphire Stakes winner. Easier company, smaller field, more distance. Those are three big ticks especially looking at her gun record (4-3-0-0) over Saturday’s distance. She can be a bit hit and miss but think she’ll fire from the barrier (5) with Cassidy aboard.
#3 Mamwaazel ($21)
One of just two at double figures for the win, think there’s plenty of value in this Exceed And Excel four-year-old from Waller’s super stable. She’s had six goes at this distance for a win and two thirds, and has improvement in her after a fifth to Dublin Lass (scratched from the rematch) at Randwick on April 18 first-up. Won the Group 3 Belle Of The Turf (1600m) at Gosford before that so has form and scope. Don’t discount at the price.
#6 Peace Force ($7.50)
The unknown factor as Ryan’s super-consistent Bernardini mare hasn’t had a trial leading into this, but her form last time in was brilliant. Won three on the trot before a second behind Mamwaazel over the Gosford mile. This is likely a bit short but will work first-up and improvement pending over more distance later on.
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