The John O’Shea-trained Algeria has opened narrow favourite to take out the Belle Of The Turf Stakes 2016 on Gosford Cup Day this Friday at her first look at the Gosford track.
Due to run as Race 4 at 5:12pm (AEST), this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Gosford RSL Belle Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) attracted a final field of 11 led in betting by the Godolphin-raced Medaglia D’Oro mare Algeria.
The four-year-old is yet to win over further than 1500m but looks set to peak third-up coming off back-to-back thirds at Randwick over 1400m.
Last time out on Boxing Day she carried 58kg and was beaten only a quarter length by the winner Testashadow, the drop back to 57kg on Friday to suit James McDonald’s mount who pays $2.90 in the latest Belle Of The Turf Stakes odds.
She is followed closely in betting by $3.90 second favourite Ammirata who is drawn ideally in barrier four for jockey Sam Clipperton.
Clipperton retains his association with the Joe Pride-trained Nadeem four-year-old who has won two of her past three starts.
On December 19 she carried 58kg to a narrow win over Just A Blur in a Benchmark 77 and is also going down a kilo for her next assignment when stepping up to black-type company for the first time in her eleventh career run.
In an open market there are three other single figure hopes in Belle Of The Turf Stakes betting this season including equal $8.50 picks Holy Delusions and Mary Lou drawn in barriers six and one respectively.
Chris Waller saddles-up six-year-old Holy Delusions who was last seen running fourth over 1350m at Rosehill last month.
She has had a trial since and proved her fitness when second to Bull Point over 1250m at Randwick on December 19, Friday her first attempt at winning over further than 1200m making the mile her biggest test.
Mary Lou gets in on 54.5kg and gets the run of the race from the inside alley with Brenton Avdulla booked for the ride on the Anthony Cummings-trained daughter of Fastnet Rock.
She ran fifth to fellow Belle Of The Turf rival Ammirata last time out beaten 2.5 lengths, but has winning form up to 1850m and ran third to Mamwaazel in the same race last year.
Rounding out the hopes under double figures for the win is Sweet Fire ($9) with the outside alley to overcome.
Waller also prepares this progressive four-year-old Shamardal mare who has won up to 1800m and is out to improve on a last start sixth at Rosehill.
The distance will suit as she boast one win, a second and a third from her three previous mile runs and even from the outside barrier is a livewire hope with ace hoop Damien Oliver aboard.
At more generous odds to score an upset Belle Of The Turf Stakes result this Friday are the 59kg Waller-trained top weight Sense And Reason ($12) who comes off a brave fourth to Danestroem over 1400m at Caulfield from December 26 and Kellyville Flyer ($15) who chases back-to-back wins over the distance after the Oratorio six-year-old won over 1600m at Warwick Farm on December 23.
See below for the latest Belle Of The Turf Stakes 2016 odds, fixed win prices provided by Ladbrokes.com.au who are offering Money Back on Friday’s Gosford Cup up to $50 if your selection runs 2nd or 3rd in the meeting’s marquee race.