The bookmakers are having a hard time separating the chances of the top two fillies in the SA Fillies Classic 2015 field and betting markets for Morphettville this weekend with Bahamas and Ungrateful Ellen battling for favouritism.
Running as Race 3 at 1:08pm (AEST) on The Goodwood Day on Saturday, this year’s $115,000 Group 3 SA Fillies Classic (2500m) field features 15 hopefuls with the Dan O’Sullivan-trained Bahamas and Robert Smerdon’s Ungrateful Ellen wearing saddlecloths one and two respectively.
In the current SA Fillies Classic odds at Ladbrokes.com.au it is O’Sullivan’s consistent Teofilo grey Bahamas, last seen running a brave third to Delicacy in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) at the track on May 2, who is the $2.20 top fancy.
Damien Oliver retains the ride having ridden her in the Oaks when the filly was defeated only one and a half lengths by the subsequent SA Derby winner.
She’s up over more distance this weekend shooting for her first victory over further than a mile and jumps from barrier eight in the SA Fillies Classic line-up.
Her main danger according to the bookies is Grey Swallow three-year-old Ungrateful Ellen who has the outside barrier (15) for her and jockey Craig Williams to overcome.
Williams stays on after the pair ran fifth in the Schweppes Oaks last time out, form her connections are hoping she’ll improve on with more metres to make up ground in the end.
Those are the only two single figure hopes to win with the rest of the field at juicy odds for an upset SA Fillies Classic result on the weekend.
The next best in betting at $12 is Snow Secret in gate 12 for jockey Glen Boss, Shaune Ritchie’s New Zealand-trained daughter of Sakhee’s Secret having just her second run down under.
She debuted in Australia at the start of the month when fifth over 2000m at Caulfield and to date has won two of her total four career runs.
The only other hopes under $20 are then Cinnamon Carter ($15) and Monopole ($17) drawn in barriers seven and three respectively.
Perennial placegetter Cinnamon Carter is a Robbie Laing-trained Al Maher filly who has run a place in eight of her 16 starts including just the one win over 2060m at Cranbourne last month.
Tony McEvoy’s Angaston-trained daughter of High Chaparral Monopole meanwhile comes off a win at Gawler over 2122m on May 7 when Jason Holder rode her to victory from barrier 10 of 11, Saturday presenting her and the same hoop a similar opportunity from a better barrier with momentum on her side.
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