Peter & Paul Snowden’s returning mare Rose Of Choice has opened narrow favourite in an open market for the 2015 Dark Jewel Classic that headlines the action at Scone’s standalone meeting this Saturday.
Due to run as Scone Race 6 at 3:10pm (AEST) this year’s $200,000 Group 3 Darley Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) features a final field of 14 fillies and mares.
In the latest Dark Jewel Classic odds at Ladbrokes.com.au four of the final acceptors are at single figures to win including the current $4.40 top fancy Rose Of Choice drawn well in barrier six for in-form veteran hoop Jim Cassidy to ride.
The Team Snowden-trained Choisir mare hasn’t raced since late December but has a good first-up record (5-1-2-2) and while this is her first look at the Scone track she’s also got a solid strike rate over the 1400m (4-2-1-0).
The next best in the Dark Jewel Classic betting markets at $5 is the widely drawn Calming Influence in gate 11 with Brenton Avdulla riding the Chris Waller-trained daughter of Commands.
The four-year-old is second-up this season after resuming with a third behind Solicit in the rescheduled Group 3 Hawkesbury Darley Crown (1300m) run last Saturday at Rosehill Gardens.
Rounding out the single figure hopes to win the Dark Jewel Classic are then Diademe ($6.50) and Fine Bubbles ($7.50) drawn in barriers eight and two respectively.
Carrying the 59kg top weight as the only hopeful allocated above the 54kg minimum in this year’s Dark Jewel, the Bjorn Baker-trained Savabeel six-year-old Diademe is looking to atone for her maiden run down under on April 11 when eighth behind Amanpour in the Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes (1600m).
That was her first run since winning the Group 1 Breeders Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa in her native New Zealand, form Baker is hoping she can tap into this weekend at Scone.
Fine Bubbles is drawn a treat in barrier two for Christian Reith to ride, the Kris Lees-trained Casino Prince five-year-old last seen running third behind Avoid Lightning in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) during Sydney’s The Championships.
Outside of the top four are a host of longer priced chances with genuine claims for an upset Dark Jewel Classic result including My Sabeel ($10).
Drawn in barrier five, Kevin Moses’s veteran Savabeel seven-year-old My Sabeel ran dead last when ninth in the Hawkesbury Crown last Saturday and is on the short back-up this weekend looking to atone.
There are then three $13 fancies in the latest markets with Waller’s other runner Mamwaazel who comes off a third in the Hawkesbury Crown, the David Vandyke-trained Northern Meteor four-year-old Bound For Earth and Anthony Cummings’ Snippetson four-year-old Vergara who ran fifth in the same lead-up race seven days ago on Saturday.
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