Two Group 1 winning mares are currently installed as the co-favourites in the latest 2015 Stocks Stakes odds for one of the key support races on the Moir Stakes Night program at Moonee Valley Racecourse this Friday.
There are just seven mares in the mix for this year’s $200,000 Group 2 StrathAyr Track Stocks Stakes (1600m), Amanpour and May’s Dream paying $3.60 each through Ladbrokes.com.au in the current markets for the weight-for-age showdown.
A lead-up race into the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) over the same distance at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival later in the month, the Stocks Stakes is an ultra-tight affair this season.
Amanpour gets the rails run from barrier one for her and jockey Vlad Duric, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Northern Meteor mare shooting for her first win since the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick back in April.
She has had two runs for two unplaced finishes this time in, the latest being just last Saturday at Rosehill when sixth to Peeping in the Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) that she is tipped to improve on getting back up to a mile that she has won two of her previous three starts over.
Friday night is her maiden Moonee Valley run and how she handles the tight track will be key to her chances of success.
At the same price to come away with a win after Moonee Valley Race 3 jumps at 7:45pm (AEST) is the Darren Weir-trained May’s Dream whose Group 1 win came in April last year when taking out Adelaide’s Schweppes Stakes over 2000m.
This time in her form has been very promising when running a first-up fourth under a length off the winner in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) in August and then a third beaten only a half-length by Amicus in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on September 12.
All but one of the remaining Stocks Stakes runners are all also under double figures this season making for an intriguing edition of the showdown including $4.40 second elect Sardaaj in barrier five with Dwayne Dunn riding.
The Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained four-year-old Sardaaj has had six starts for two wins and three seconds so far including her second to subsequent Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) winner Churchill Dancer at Moonee Valley on August 22.
She comes out of a mares-only Benchmark 90 at Caulfield on September 19 when sixth, an effort the Kiwi expat is set to improve on this weekend over a mile that she last saw when crossing second in a Group 1 classic back in New Zealand at the start of the year.
Rounding out the Stocks Stakes fancies under $10 to take it out are Lee & Shannon Hope’s Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes winning daughter of High Chaparral Fenway ($6) who is out to improve on her Let’s Elope ninth first-up as a four-year-old, runner-up in the same lead-up race Precious Gem ($8) and Robert Smerdon’s Queensland Oaks runner-up to Saturday’s 2015 Epsom Handicap favourite in Sydney Winx back in late May Ungrateful Ellen ($9).
The “roughie” of the field and markets meanwhile is Scratchy Bottom who is still only out to $14 to win, Mark Zahra riding the Michael Kent-trained Sebring five-year-old whose last win was at Rosehill in the Group 3 Epona Stakes (1900m) over Group 1 winner Rising Romance back on March 21.
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