James Cummings’ progressive mare Sultry Feeling has opened favourite to win the Tibbie Stakes 2015 at Newcastle Racecourse this afternoon, the four-year-old shooting for her second victory in three starts this time in.
A full field of 16 fillies and mares will line-up in the $125,000 Group 3 Suez Tibbie Stakes (1400m) when the set weights plus penalties feature runs as Newcastle Race 5 at 3:20pm (AEST) today, first emergency Martilago ($81) getting a start after the early scratching of #14 Shengli.
Leading Tibbie Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au at $3.90 is Cummings’ daughter of Encosta De Lago Sultry Feeling who won first-up on August 29 over 1100m at Rosehill before a fourth last Saturday at the same track over 1200m beaten under three lengths with 56kg on her back.
She has a kilo less this afternoon and top hoop Tommy Berry jumps aboard for the ride as she looks to return to her impressive first-up winning form after the luckless run last Saturday.
Four of her rivals are also under double figures in the current Tibbie Stakes odds including Vergara ($5.50) and the market mover Berry Delicious ($6) drawn a treat in barrier two for apprentice Winona Costin to ride.
The Anthony Cummings-trained Snippetson five-year-old Vergara has won her only previous start at the Newcastle track over this distance 12 months ago and comes off a black-type win at Wyong from the start of the month in the Listed Mona Lisa Stakes (1350m).
She did it from a tough barrier 13 of 16 draw that day with Christian Reith in the saddle, top hoop Blake Shinn taking over this weekend as she shoots for back-to-back wins from a more favourable gate six draw.
Berry Delicious has the good barrier and is an ultra-consistent Blevic four-year-old trained by Jason Coyle.
She has finished out of the money just three times in her 16 starts so far winning three on the trot on Heavy-rated tracks in Sydney over the winter before her disappointing 12th in the Mona Lisa.
On the roomer Newcastle track she’s the improver in this field and her firming price shows the punters agree.
Rounding out the single figure Tibbie Stakes hopefuls this spring are the Chris Waller-trained She’s Clean ($8) with a wide gate (15) for her to overcome first-up and Two Blue ($9).
James McDonald rides veteran Redoute’s Choice seven-year-old She’s Clean for her spring kick-off today, the mare last seen running a close fourth when beaten only a length by Peace Force in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) in Brisbane back in May.
Kristen Buchanan’s Wyong-based Dubleo mare Two Blue meanwhile is another seven-year-old and her lead-up form in the winter was top notch before a seventh first-up in the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) in August.
She comes into today’s run on the back of a good second to fellow Tibbie Stakes fancy Vergara in the Mona Lisa and has Paul King in the saddle.
At more generous odds but still a hope at a Tibbie Stakes upset are the likes of the Gai Waterhouse-trained Supara ($11) with the inside run from barrier one, Mona Lisa Stakes sixth placed four-year-old Press Report ($12) and even John Thompson’s Pentire mare Snake Charmer ($14) who is yet to win over further than 1000m.
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