A full field of 16 three-year-old fillies is accepted to take to the Caulfield track on Saturday as part of the Caulfield Guineas Day action in the Thoroughbred Club Stakes 2016.
The set weights plus penalties sprint is scheduled to run as Race 3 at 1:30pm (AEDT), this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by In The Vanguard ($4.40).
The lightly-raced daughter of Encosta De Lago is prepared in Sydney by John Sargent and has had just the two starts to date as a juvenile back in February.
She was last seen running a close second to Scarlet Rain in Randwick’s Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) and has trialled twice since in September including an 839m winning hit-out at Rosehill by nearly five lengths.
After that effort and her good 2.5 length win on debut first-up in the autumn, In The Vanguard is being kept safe in Thoroughbred Club Stakes betting for her resuming run from the inside alley with Michael Walker to ride.
Despite the size of the field just three other fillies are currently under $10 to win in the Thoroughbred Club Stakes odds including the Paul Perry-trained daughter of Uncle Moe Conchita and Cocoexcel for Sydney’s best Chris Waller at $7.50 each.
Conchita has Craig Williams aboard for her first-up run of the spring on the back of her 10 length trial win at Cessnock from September 20 over 800m in the wet.
Cocoexcel has barrier 11 to overcome with Hugh Bowman to ride, Waller’s progressive daughter of Exceed and Excel coming off a close second over the distance at Warwick Farm in a Benchmark 67 from September 21.
The last of the single figure fancies following closely at $8 is the consistent Stop Making Sense for local horseman Ciaron Maher.
Luke Nolen retains the ride on the Sebring filly who won over 1400m at Pakenham in April before returning on September 23 at Moonee Valley for a brave second beaten only a quarter length in the Group 3 MVRC Champagne Stakes (1200m) as a $41 roughie.
The Robbie Griffiths-trained Champagne Stakes winner Selenia is also accepted for the Thoroughbred Club Stakes run this weekend.
She won at the Valley as a $31 outsider but is at $17 to go back-to-back on Saturday returning to Caulfield where she is yet to finish in the money from her three starts.
The other standout hopes at double-figures include the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained My Country ($11), the Leon & Troy Corstens-trained Modern Wonder ($11), early market mover Angharad ($13) prepared by John O’Shea and Merriest ($13) in the outside alley.
Denman filly Merriest won the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) defeating Whispering Brook two back at Moonee Valley before the last start third in the Champagne Stakes to Selenia by the Danny O’Brien-trained three-year-old.
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