2017 Robert Sangster Stakes Field: Favourites Draw Wide

The two early favourites in the Robert Sangster Stakes 2017 field in Adelaide on Saturday – Sheidel and English – have both suffered double-digit draws for the Group 1 sprint.

Sheidel

Oakleigh Plate winner Sheidel is early post-field favourite to win the Robert Sangster Stakes 2017 in Adelaide on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

One of two elite levels taking place at Morphettville Racecourse on the weekend, this season’s $1 million Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) has attracted a full field of 20 starters plus two emergencies.

Heading the line-up are Group 1 winning mares English and Sheidel who have drawn out in barriers 11 and 10 respectively.

Two of the past four Robert Sangster Stakes winners came from outside of barrier nine and the bookies have continued to keep this season’s top two safe in markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Lindsay Park-trained Sheidel is narrow top elect in the updated Robert Sangster Stakes odds at $4.50 to post her first win since the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

The five-year-old daughter of Holy Roman Emperor has had two runs since, the latest seeing her defeated just over two lengths when crossing a mid-field sixth to Silent Sedition at Moonee Valley in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) on March 24.

She’s been freshened-up since and is out to go one better than her devastatingly close second to Precious Gem in the Robert Sangster Stakes last Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival.

The record of favourites in feature sprint for fillies and mares is poor however with Black Caviar (2012) the only to salute for the punters since Universal Queen (2007).

The David Hayes-led Lindsay Park stable have also accepted for four-year-old Miss Gunpowder ($15) who is a dual winner at the Morphettville track and the final confirmed starter Hear The Chant ($67) drawn wider in barriers 15 and 18 respectively.

Second favourite at $5.50 in the post-field Robert Sangster Stakes odds English meanwhile is out to give co-trainer Gai Waterhouse her second win in the race following the success of Driefontein in 2014.

Ben Melham, who rode Platelet to victory in the race in 2013, comes aboard the Encosta De Lago four-year-old who ran second to Chautauqua in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) two back before her last start sixth in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).

Rostaova in 2010 was the last three-year-old filly to beat home the older mares in the Robert Sangster Stakes and this season the best of the fillies is the Shane Nichols-trained I Am A Star ($6).

She proved she could handle the company at Flemington last Melbourne Cup Carnival taking out the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) and has come up trumps in barrier two this weekend.

She enjoyed back-to-back Group 2 victories in March and was last seen running eighth to It’s Somewhat in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).

The drop back in distance could prove a challenge for I Am A Star, but she is a Group 3 winner at Morphettville and has class.

The other early fancy under $10 for the win is Super Cash ($9), the Andrew Noblet-trained Written Tycoon four-year-old out to continue the gun recent record for that age group.

Three of the past four and six of the past nine Robert Sangster Stakes winners took out the race as four-year-old and that bodes well for Super Cash in barrier 12 this weekend.

Other key hopes include Lloyd Kennewell’s locally-trained Viddora coming off a Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m) win at the track from April 22, Mick Price’s last start Group 2 Sapphire Stakes winner over the distance in Sydney Secret Agenda and the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Ravi.

Check out the full Robert Sangster Stakes 2017 field, barriers & jockeys in the table below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for the latest Group 1 Adelaide racing odds.

2017 Robert Sangster Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Morphettville Race 7 (4:04pm) – 06/05/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x5470x1726 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ben Melham 11 56.5kg 114
2 421152×146 SHEIDEL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 10 56.5kg 111
3 024x167x51 SECRET AGENDA Mick Price Damien Oliver 17 56.5kg 105
4 536x143x18 SUPER CASH Andrew Noblet Ms Katelyn Mallyon 12 56.5kg 103
5 1276x22x21 VIDDORA Lloyd Kennewell Joe Bowditch 3 56.5kg 99
6 236x15162x EGYPTIAN SYMBOL Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 8 56.5kg 98
7 43016126×9 CAVALOCE Will Clarken Mark Zahra 21 56.5kg 97
8 9x2134x48x NOW OR LATER (IRE) Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 6 56.5kg 95
9 x5710849x8 SCARLET BILLOWS Darren Weir TBA 4 56.5kg 95
10 x59x0270x2 I AM ZELADY Joseph Pride Noel Callow 7 56.5kg 93
11 x11x2451x4 RAVI Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 16 56.5kg 93
12 x227x430x1 MISS GUNPOWDER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 15 56.5kg 90
13 21504334×4 A LOTTA LOVE Sam Pritchard-Gordon Jamie Mott 9 56.5kg 89
14 0x26116441 BEAUTIFUL FLYER Len Jarvis Paul Gatt 20 56.5kg 88
15 192109×161 LAKE COMO (NZ) Pat Hyland Stephen Baster 14 56.5kg 88
16 1804x2089x EVERY FAITH Robert Smerdon TBA 1 56.5kg 84
17 4231×27118 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 2 55kg 108
18 x66735x192 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Damian Lane 5 55kg 98
19 2x110x1502 LEGLESS VEUVE (NZ) Stuart Webb Regan Bayliss 22 55kg 92
20 1x0192x519 HEAR THE CHANT David & B Hayes & T Dabernig TBA 18 55kg 83
21e 67x1310x48 SWEET SHERRY Brent Stanley Luke Currie 19 55kg 80
22e 1974×56353 SELENIA Robbie Griffiths TBA 13 55kg 77

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