Top Adelaide horseman Phillip Stokes couldn’t be happier with his 2016 Robert Sangster Stakes-bound filly Miss Gunpowder heading into her second-up assignment at Morphettville Racecourse this weekend.
The three-year-old daughter of Pendragon is a winner of four of her seven starts to date, a solid record she’ll be out to build on this Saturday in the $100,000 Listed Redelva Stakes (1100m).
The last on an eight-race RN Irwin Stakes Day card in South Australia, this year’s Redelva Stakes field is down to 11 starters after the early scratching of Mick Price’s Melbourne galloper Invincible Heart (2).
Leading the Redelva Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au at $2.40 for the win is another Victorian visitor, the Andrew Noblet-trained Written Tycoon filly Super Cash.
Also high up the markets are the consistent Group 3 winner Don’t Doubt Mamma ($4.20) and one of Stokes’ two local hopes in the mix Miss Gunpowder ($4.40).
Stokes also saddles-up $17 shot Cocoa Doll, the dual winning daughter of More Than Ready to be ridden by Craig Williams on the back of a win over 1200m at the track on April 9.
His best fancied runner though is interstate-performed stablemate Miss Gunpowder who the stable’s go-to hoop Dom Tourneur rides from the inside alley on Saturday.
During the spring the filly had four runs in Victoria for two wins, including the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield.
She also got thrown in the deep end at the same track on October 10 when far from disgraced crossing five and a half lengths away eighth to the winner Stay With Me in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).
A freshen-up followed and she returned to racing earlier in April to cross second to Viddora, a $9.50 hope for Saturday’s rematch in the Redelva Stakes, at Morphettville in a 1050m three-years-old handicap.
Stokes is confident Miss Gunpowder will be improved off that run as she prepares for her next assignment leading up to a shot in the $400,000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) on May 7 during the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival.
“I thought it was pretty good, the horse that won was rock hard fit and had an easier run than us,” he told Racing Ahead.
“Her last 600m was very quick, she’d only had the one trial and she’s taken benefit out of it.
“She’s a classy filly and she’ll be hard to beat.”
He has had six previous starters in the Robert Sangster Stakes without a top three finish, something Stokes hopes he can change this season with the progressive Miss Gunpowder who will be out to become the first three-year-old winner of the race since Rostova (2010).
Stokes also has fellow Saturday runner Nostradamus heading towards a Group 1 target this time in, the Medaglia D’Oro four-year-old racing in the $120,000 Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m).
That will hopefully lead into a start in the $500,000 Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) back at the track on May 21, another feature Stokes is yet to saddle-up the winner of.
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