Gerald Ryan’s in-form mare Solicit is the early favourite in a class 13-starter field for Saturday’s Emancipation Stakes 2016 at Rosehill Racecourse.
Due to run as the penultimate event on The BMW Day, this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Ascend Sales Trophies Emancipation Stakes (1500m) jumps at 5:10pm (AEDT) as Rosehill Race 8.
The fillies-and-mares’ clash is full of class this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, including Street Cry five-year-old Solicit who sits top of the current Emancipation Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $2.60 for the win.
She has had four runs this time in for four top three placings, the latest being a length away third to Peeping in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill on March 12.
Solicit returns to the track and on Saturday in easier company, but is drawn wide in the outside barrier (13) as she shoots for her second win from five runs at Rosehill to date with Kerrin McEvoy booked for the ride.
Four of her rivals are also under $10 in the Emancipation Stakes betting markets as they stand including the $5 second elect Badawiya drawn a treat in barrier four.
Craig Newitt retains the ride on Mick Price’s Caulfield-based Al Maher filly who is second-up and coming off a Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) win at Flemington.
She has won four of her eight career starts so far including another Group 2 at Flemington over a mile in the spring, and was third to Stay With Me at Caulfield last October in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).
Saturday is her first Sydney start, but everything looks set for her first run that way of going.
The other single figure fancies are the Chris Waller-trained Mossman mare Telepathic ($8), Zanbagh ($8.50) for John Thompson and another Waller hope in the mix Lady Le Fay ($9.50) drawn in gates nine, eight and 10 respectively.
Five-year-old Telepathic has a solid record at Rosehill of two wins, two seconds and a third from six runs to date, but hasn’t won since November last year in the Listed ATC Cup (2000m).
First-up she crossed a good second to First Seal in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) before her last start seventh three lengths off the winner in the Coolmore.
She carried only 52kg that day and goes up to 54kg on the weekend, but James McDonald jumps aboard in place of Jason Collett.
Zanbagh is also third-up having run second to Solicit in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) at Randwick in late February before her Coolmore fifth carrying 51kg, four kilos under her Emancipation Stakes allocate at set weights plus penalties.
Waller’s Torn Park five-year-old Lady Le Fay has Craig Williams aboard on the weekend and drops in weight form her last start to 54kg after lumping 61kg to a close fifth over 1350m at the track first-up a fortnight back.
Other notable Emancipation Stakes hopes include Waller’s third hope Amicus ($13) who is out to atone for her 11th in the Coolmore and the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Savabeel filly Pasadena Girl ($15) who debuts at the track but is Group 1 performed when fourth in both the Thousand Guineas and Crown Oaks in Melbourne during the spring.
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