The David Hayes & Tom Dabering-trained Stay With Me is early favourite to take out the 2015 Thousand Guineas Prelude this Saturday in Melbourne as well as the Group 1 it leads up to next month at Caulfield Racecourse.
A daughter of Street Cry, Stay With Me is one of 12 three-year-old fillies making up the field for the $200,000 Group 2 Schweppes Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) on Underwood Stakes Day.
Drawn wide in barrier 11 for her and jockey Dwayne Dunn to overcome, Stay With Me has won her past two starts including the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 5.
She is well liked in Thousand Guineas Prelude betting at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.50 as the favourite to make it a hat-trick on the trot even with the wide barrier as she heads towards the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) back at the track on October 10.
Second pick in the markets for Saturday’s Prelude and the 2015 Thousand Guineas is then Peter Moody’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) winner Pasadena Girl ($4.80).
She is at a better price than Stay With Me after the Savabeel filly ran second to the Lindsay Park filly beaten one and a half lengths first-up in the Atlantic Jewel.
Pasadena Girl has the class, proven by her Group 1 win in Sydney over the mile back in April, and while she’s having her first run at Caulfield this weekend she should appreciate the extra metres and from a nice barrier three draw could be the value in the markets.
The other single figure chances in the Thousand Guineas Prelude odds this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival are then Miss Gunpowder ($5) drawn one inside of Pasadena Girl in barrier 10 with Craig Williams to ride and Alaskan Rose ($7.50) looking to retain her undefeated status with a third win from as many career runs.
Over from Adelaide for the spring features, the Phillip Stokes-trained Pendragon filly Miss Gunpowder has won two of her past three starts – both at home in SA – with a third to Petits Filous in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 15 in between.
Alaskan Rose meanwhile has won both her runs so far for trainer Michael Moroney, the progressive daughter of Encosta De Lago in gate six this weekend for her black-type debut with Steven Arnold retaining the ride.
The next best fancied in the markets at more generous odds then include early market mover Super Cash ($14 into $11) who gets the run of the race from barrier one with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle and Jameka ($11).
Andrew Noblet’s local Written Tycoon filly Super Cash is yet to finish out of the money in three runs and had her first stakes’ assignment last time out on September 12 when runner-up in the Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m).
Jameka meanwhile jumps from barrier seven with top hoop Damien Oliver aboard the Ciaron Maher-trained daughter of Myboycharlie who won the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) over this distance in mid-March before a first-up third in the Atlantic Jewel – for the bookies are tipping to stand up in Saturday’s Group 3.
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