The sole Group race in Sydney this weekend at Royal Randwick Racecourse sees a class line-up of mares face off in The Nivison 2016 on City Tattersall Club Cup Day on Saturday.
Running as Randwick Race 8 at 4:50pm (AEDT), this season’s $150,000 Group 3 ICD Property Nivison (1200m) originally drew a final field of 14 mares.
The early scratching of Aegean Sea (14) who drew the outside barrier leaves 13 hopefuls, the updated The Nivison odds at Ladbrokes.com.au led by $3 clear favourite Egyptian Symbol.
Jumping from barrier nine with Jason Collett in the saddle, the Bjorn Baker-trained Stratum four-year-old is undefeated first-up (2-2-0-0) and resumes this weekend.
She was last seen running a brave sixth behind Chris Waller’s Group 1 winner Japonisme in the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) on April 9 and comes off two nice Sydney trials.
Egyptian Symbol hasn’t won since December last year, but in her seven subsequent runs the Arrowfield Sprint was the only run outside of the top three making her hard to put outside the finish here.
Four of her rivals are also under double figures in The Nivison betting markets this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival including the early market mover Savoureux ($7) drawn one closer to the rails in barrier eight.
Tye Angland jumps aboard the Kris Lees-trained Nadeem five-year-old who comes off a good third at home in Newcastle’s Group 3 Tibbie Stakes (1350m) from mid-September.
She did it tough from barrier 11 of 13 in that race and will appreciate the slightly better barrier on Saturday chasing her first win since the Group 3 Wenona Girl Handicap (1200m) at this track / distance in March.
Following at $9 each are the Peter & Paul Snowden-rained Artistry, Fitou for John O’Shea and the rails-drawn Rule The River.
Shamardal five-year-old Artistry is out wide in barrier 11 for her first run of the spring, the consistent sprinter boasting strong form over the distance (4-2-0-1).
Her latest run saw her outclassed when 10th to Miss Cover Girl in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) in Brisbane, and at home in easier company she’s a livewire chance.
Godolphin’s Street Cry mare Fitou gets the run of the race from barrier two with Tim Clark coming aboard the five-year-old who won at Wyong in Black-Type company first-up before the brave Tibbie Stakes second.
The Anthony Cummings-trained Commands five-year-old Rule The River will be working to stay out of trouble from barrier one as she too kicks off her campaign at her pet track (4-2-1-0) where her only unplaced effort was the eighth when only four lengths off the Group 1 winning English in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) during the autumn.
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