Sapphire Stakes Ideal for Vezalay

April 8, 2016

Sapphire Stakes Ideal for Vezalay

Co-trainer Troy Corstens has been thrilled with the form displayed by Vezalay since her arrival in Sydney and is confident the mare is ready to run a big race in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) on Day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick.

Vezalay is primed for a big performance in Saturday's Group 2 Sapphire Stakes at Randwick. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Vezalay is primed for a big performance in Saturday’s Group 2 Sapphire Stakes at Randwick. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Vezalay was a strong and consistent performer for Leon and Troy Corstens through the recent Spring Carnival; running third in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) and winning the Listed Alinghi Stakes (1100m) most notably.

Having returned this time for thirteenth in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) on March 27th, the Shamardal mare producing a strong turn of foot in the final straight to finish a credible fifth in the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) on last time out on March 19th.

Corstens told Racing Ahead the team couldn’t be more pleased with the work completed by the four-year-old and is confident the conditions of the 2016 Sapphire Stakes will play into her strengths on Saturday.

“She’s thrived since she’s been up here,” Corstens said.

“I know it’s a really tough race tomorrow, but she’s come right on since her second-up run.

“Probably we just had her a bit big. She’s third-up tomorrow and has taken a little bit to come to hand, but I think the two trips to Sydney has really helped her.

“She does love the soft ground so it should really suit.

“She’s drawn barrier 1 and will roll forward. Whether she leads or not remains to be seen but she’ll be forward making her own luck.

“Hopefully she doesn’t have to get too far off the fence to be in the best ground.”

Vezalay has finished outside the first three only a handful of times through a short twelve start career so far; posting three wins and as many minors since debuting in 2014.

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2016 Sapphire Stakes odds, for which Vezalay can be taken at a generous quote of $16 in regular markets or $24.50 in the unique Best of the Best market!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Brave Smash to race in Chris W...

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbourne Cup Win with Surrey

A son of triple Melbourne Cup hero Makybe Diva, Surrey, could develop into a...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

Horse Racing Today

Calanda to carry top weight in...

Tradesman is top weight for 20...

Tradesman is top weight for 2018 Tattersall’s Cup

Ipswich Cup winner Tradesman has been given the top weight for Saturday’s...

Bumper Nominations for 2018 Ta...

Bumper Nominations for 2018 Tattersall’s Club Tiara

The last Group 1 of the current racing season is set to have a capacity field...

Moss ‘N’ Dale chal...

Moss ‘N’ Dale challenging for favouritism in 2018 Eye Liner Stakes betting

Victorian sprinter Moss ‘N‘ Dale is making a solid bid for favouritism for the...

Final field of 11 for 2018 Ips...

Final field of 11 for 2018 Ipswich Cup

A final field of eleven will line up in the 2018 Listed $175,000 Channel 7...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

The Goodwood Day Fields – National Stakes 2013

Adelaide Cup Winner Riayla Heads RA Lee Stakes Field 2013

Linton Continues Stradbroke Handicap 2013 Campaign in Adelaide

Can Moody Score Second Goodwood With Moment Of Change?