Three of the 12 mares accepted to face off in Saturday’s Angst Stakes 2016 field at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney are currently batting for top spot in betting with Extensible the narrow favourite.
Due to run as Randwick Race 8 at 4:50pm (AEDT) as the penultimate event on the nine-race Spring Champion Stakes Day card, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m) is shaping up as a tight battle.
Sitting top of the latest Angst Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au at $3.70 is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Extensible drawn the outside barrier.
Despite the wide gate the ultra-consistent daughter of Exceed And Excel is tipped to continue her gun run of form with a win in the set weights plus penalties feature over a mile.
Christian Reith jumps aboard the five-year-old who has had nine career runs to date and is yet to finish out of the money with four wins, four seconds and a third.
She makes her stakes’ race debut on the weekend on the back of a smart 1.5 length win over 1400m at Rosehill a fortnight ago and drops from 57kg that day to 54kg in the Angst Stakes.
Team Snowden have also accepted for Happy Hannah ($13) second-up, the More Than Ready four-year-old drawn a treat in gate three looking to improve on her sixth to her stablemate last time out.
As a three-year-old Happy Hannah enjoyed a Group 1 placing when only a length away third to Single Gaze in the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and is in Group company for the first time since her second last (13th) to Sofia Rosa in the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m).
The next best two fancied runners in the Angst Stakes markets are Dixie Blossoms ($4) and Lady Le Fay ($4.40) drawn at opposite ends of the field in gates 10 and two respectively.
Ron Quinton saddles-up local Street Sense four-year-old Dixie Blossoms who comes off the second to Tycoon Tara in the Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) two weeks ago.
She steps up to a mile for just the second time, her last 1600m run produced the second to single Gaze in the Group 3 Keith Nolan at Kembla Grange in March.
Lady Le Fay represents Sydney’s best trainer Chris Waller and Tommy Berry rides the Thorn Park six-year-old after Glyn Schofield had the ride first-up at the track on September 17 when she ran a length away fifth to Sons Of John in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie (1400m).
Improvement is likely for Lady Le Fay who is a genuine miler boasting three wins and two thirds from her six previous starts at the distance; her latest 1600m run produced the fourth to Azkadellia in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes in the autumn.
Rounding out the single figure fancies at $8.50 and firming is Spirit Bird prepared by James Cummings; the former Perth-trained Savabeel four-year-old coming off a resuming win in Newcastle’s Group 3 Tibbie Stakes (1350m) in mid-September.
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