English Leads 2017 Robert Sangster Stakes Nominations

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott’s class mare English is the highest-rated of the 32 fillies and mares making up the Robert Sangster Stakes 2017 nominations for next month’s Adelaide feature.

English

Sydney-based mare English is early favourite of the 2017 Robert Sangster Stakes nominations for the May 6 Group 1 in Adelaide. Photo: Steve Hart.

Early entries for the $1 million Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m), running on May 6 at Morphettville Racecourse, closed this week.

Heading the futures Robert Sangster Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is English ($4) who is as yet untested in South Australia.

The four-year-old daughter of Encosta De Lago is best known for her win in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) as a filly last autumn.

English failed to defend her title in that same Randwick race last time out when finishing two and a half-lengths back for sixth behind Tivaci after her second to Chautauqua in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).

Co-trainer Waterhouse prepared the 2014 Robert Sangster Stakes winner Driefontein and English is her sole chance of a second success in this year’s edition of the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival classic.

All-in Robert Sangster Stakes betting markets also have Shane Nichols’ Group 1 winning filly I Am A Star as an early fancy at $6.

Rostova (2010) was the last filly to beat home the older mares in the weight-for-age feature scoring an upset Robert Sangster Stakes result seven years ago as a $21 chance in betting.

The Mornington-trained I Am A Star enjoyed back-to-back Melbourne wins in March, including the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) by over three lengths, before a last start eighth in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) in Sydney.

A total of nine fillies feature in the Robert Sangster Stakes nominations this autumn including also the flying Desert Lashes.

Rated a $13 chance for the win in the current pre-field markets, the Lisa Lefoe-trained daughter of Blue Diamond winner Reward For Effort is undefeated to date having won all eight of her career starts.

Based in Alice Springs, she has been racing in Adelaide since December winning her three starts at the Morphettville track including most recently the Listed Redelva Stakes (1100m) on April 22.

Other standout fillies in the mix include the Lindsay Park-trained Group 3 winner Fuhryk, Stuart Webb’s daughter of Pins Legless Veuve and last start Caulfield winner Merriest.

The other best fancied by the bookies is another of the Lindsay Park contenders Sheidel ($7), the five-year-old a consistent elite level sprint performer.

After a second to Takedown in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) in Perth during November, the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor won the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) first-up.

A fourth to Redkirk Warrior in the Newmarket followed, before she finished a mid-field sixth when just over two lengths beaten at Moonee Valley in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m).

Caulfield’s Mick Price will chase his first win in the feature with his smart four-year-old Not A Single Doubt mare Secret Agenda who is the current $8 four favourite after a win in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) last time out.

At an equal $8 for the win is Super Cash for fellow Caulfield horseman Andrew Noblet, the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes winner over I Am A Star out to atone for her last start eighth in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) down the Flemington straight.

Other standout nominees include Lloyd Kennewell’s local last start RN Irwin Stakes winner Viddora, the Bjorn Baker-trained Stratum four-year-old Egyptian Symbol and Ravi for Peter & Paul Snowden.

The Robert Sangster Stakes 2017 final acceptances close on May 2, 2017 making now the time to back your early selections at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Robert Sangster Stakes Nominations

Morphettville Racecourse – 06/05/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 21504334×4 A LOTTA LOVE M 5 Sam Pritchard-Gordon 89
2 0x26116441 BEAUTIFUL FLYER M 4 Len Jarvis 88
3 43016126×9 CAVALOCE M 6 Will Clarken 97
4 11x1111x11 DESERT LASHES F 3 Lisa Lefoe 84
5 236x15162x EGYPTIAN SYMBOL M 4 Bjorn Baker 98
6 x5470x1726 ENGLISH M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 114
7 2306x1121x ENTRANCING M 4 Phillip Stokes 77
8 1804x2089x EVERY FAITH M 6 Robert Smerdon 84
9 5x111410x FUHRYK F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 82
10 1x0192x519 HEAR THE CHANT F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 83
11 4x24x11287 HIEROGLYPHICS M 5 Anthony & Edward Cummings 90
12 4231×27118 I AM A STAR (NZ) F 3 Shane Nichols 108
13 x979x12573 I AM GYPSY M 5 Gordon Richards 90
14 x59x0270x2 I AM ZELADY M 5 Joseph Pride 93
15 192109×161 LAKE COMO (NZ) M 4 Pat Hyland 88
16 2x110x1502 LEGLESS VEUVE (NZ) F 3 Stuart Webb 92
17 6x81395x51 MERRIEST F 3 Danny O’Brien 80
18 x227x430x1 MISS GUNPOWDER M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 90
19 x55402x500 MISS PROMISCUITY M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 98
20 x66735x192 MISSROCK F 3 Robbie Laing 98
21 9x2134x48x NOW OR LATER (IRE) M 4 Robert Smerdon 95
22 x11x2451x4 RAVI M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 93
23 x5710849x8 SCARLET BILLOWS M 6 Darren Weir 95
24 024x167x51 SECRET AGENDA M 4 Mick Price 105
25 1974×56353 SELENIA F 3 Robbie Griffiths 77
26 421152×146 SHEIDEL M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 111
27 536x143x18 SUPER CASH M 4 Andrew Noblet 103
28 67x1310x48 SWEET SHERRY F 3 Brent Stanley 80
29 212213884x TELOPEA (GB) M 6 Darren Weir 90
30 3112857×96 TUSCAN SLING M 6 Darren Weir 95
31 1276x22x21 VIDDORA M 4 Lloyd Kennewell 99
32 11211x350x WRITTEN ERA M 5 Aaron Purcell 76

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