Danny O’Brien’s Caulfield specialist Miss Rose De Lago is favourite to keep her undefeated record at the track this Wednesday when she leads a field of fellow mares around in the 2015 Ladies Day Vase on Blue Sapphire Stakes Day.
Running as Caulfield Race 7 at 5:08pm (AEST), this year’s edition of the $150,000 Group 3 Nine West Ladies Day Vase (1600m) has attracted a final field of a dozen mares facing off under set weights plus penalties over the mile.
Leading the Ladies Day Vase field and odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on the Blue Sapphire Stakes at the same meeting, is Encosta De Lago five-year-old Miss Rose De Lago ($4.80).
She jumps from barrier nine with Kiwi hoop Opie Bosson in the saddle on 57kg, a kilo less than she had when the same jockey rode her into a close fourth when only a half-length off Amicus in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1200m) at Flemington last time out.
Before that she raced over 1800m at Caulfield, where she returns this week, to post her second victory from as many starts at the course and she could prove hard to race past if she gets the right run from the barrier on Wednesday.
The second pick in the Ladies Day Vase betting markets paying $5.50 for the win is the in-form Kayjay’s Joy shooting for her third victory on the trot.
Drawn in gate five, the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained daughter of Snitzel has won three of her past four starts including back-to-back 1400m wins at Caulfield ahead of her step up in class and distance.
She’s yet to race over a mile but looks a big chance of seeing out the distance with 55kg on her back, 1.5 kg less than the weight she carried to victory in a Benchmark 84 here on October 3.
The next best in betting with genuine claims are the market mover Lucky Lago ($6) who is set to get the run of the race from barrier one, Iggimacool ($7) drawn the opposite end of the field in the outside alley (12) and Into The Mist ($7.50) after her third consecutive victory.
Mark Zahra rides the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Encosta De Lago six-year-old Lucky Lago this weekend, staying on after guiding her to a close third behind La Passe in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Turnbull Stakes Day7.
That was a very strong run and if she can stay out of trouble from the inside alley, she’ll be racing fast and hard to the finish line.
Iggimacool has work to do from her gate, but the Savoire Vivre five-year-old has a gun record over the mile (3-2-1) and from five Caulfield runs as finished second on three occasions.
The last of the single figure fancies, the Tony McEvoy-trained Into The Mist is undefeated this time in having won back-to-back races back home in Adelaide, the Redoute’s Choice four-year-old making her interstate debut in the Ladies Day Vase.
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