Chris Waller’s VRC Derby nominated colt High Mist is the early market catching up on race favourite Prized Icon in the Gloaming Stakes 2016 field and odds in Sydney this Saturday.
Due to jump at 3:15pm (AEST) as Rosehill Race 6 on the Gloaming Stakes Day card, this year’s $200,000 Group 3 Schweppes Gloaming Stakes (1800m) features a final field of 10 progressive three-year-old staying types.
Waller won the race 12 months ago with Vanbrugh (2015) who went on to win the $500,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) next start at Royal Randwick.
The master trainer returns this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival with three final acceptors including High Mist who scratched out from the previous race on the program – the $200,000 Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m).
Drawn in barrier two with Glyn Schofield booked to ride the son of High Chaparral, High Mist was last seen saluting over the mile at Warwick Farm as the odds-on favourite.
That was his second run of the season following the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) second to Swear and he has firmed in early Gloaming Stakes odds from $4.40 to $4 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Sitting top of the updated Gloaming Stakes markets at $3.70 is Prized Icon drawn one wider in barrier three with Blake Shinn to ride the James Cummings-trained More Than Ready colt.
Prized Icon won the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) during the autumn before a fourth to Divine Prophet in the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) in August and a last start sixth in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).
Failing to beat home any rivals in his disappointing Chelmsford Stakes run behind the winner Hartnell, Prized Icon is out to atone on a firmer track this weekend having trialled well over 1200m at Randwick on Tuesday morning.
Occupying the third line of betting at $4.80 is the undefeated Swear in gate 10.
Hawkes Racing saddle-up the Redoute’s Choice colt who has won both is career starts to date including the victory over High Mist in the Ming Dynasty from three weeks ago.
Rounding out the single-figure fancies at $8 is another Waller hope, Veladero shooting for three wins on the trot after victories over 1400m and 1600m at Hawkesbury and Warwick Farm respectively this month.
The last was on September 14 putting him on a quick back-up into his maiden Group race assignment.
Waller’s third chance is Tumultuous paying $26 for an upset Gloaming Stakes result for the stable.
Other notable fancies include the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained son of Snitzel Coonawarra ($11), his last start conqueror at Canterbury over 1550m Oculist ($11) and the rails-drawn Street Cry colt Honeywine ($15) for John O’Shea coming off a 1500m Kembla Grange win.
See below for the full Gloaming Stakes 2016 field, barriers, jockeys and current Fixed Win pricing provided by Ladbrokes.com.au – home of the spring’s top racing odds and offers.