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Trainer Chris Waller is tipped to take out the Group 1 double at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday with Verry Elleegant leading Tancred Stakes betting and her young stablemate Funstar odds-on favourite in the Vinery Stud Stakes 2020.
Last autumn Waller took out the Group 1 $500,000 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) with his subsequent ATC Oaks champion Verry Elleegant and she returns a year on lining-up as the punters’ pick in Saturday’s Group 1 $1.5 million Tancred Stakes (2400m).
The master horseman of Winx fame is also looking at back-to-back Vinery Stud Stakes wins with his flying filly Funstar hot favourite to take out this year’s edition of the Oaks lead-up.
Verry Elleegant won the Vinery on the back of a Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes victory and on March 14, Adelaide filly Funstar won the same lead-up.
She is now out to do the double and pays a short $1.75 in the latest Vinery Stud Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Last year’s winning hoop James McDonald partners the ultra-consistent Funstar once again, the filly having run top two in all seven of her starts including her Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) success last October.
The Vinery Stud Stakes is shaping-up as yet another thrilling clash between her and the brilliant Kiwi-trained filly Probabeel.
Probabeel was second to Funstar in the Tea Rose and Flight Stakes in the spring before turning the tables to salute in the Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m).
Funstar however was quick to atone, improving on the Surround Stakes second when fresh to win the Phar Lap on a Heavy (10) track with Probabeel 1.3 lengths back second.
Unsurprisingly, the Jamie Richards-trained Savabeel filly Probabeel is considered the danger occupying the second line of Vinery Stud Stakes betting at $4.
Outside of Funstar and Probabeel, who are drawn in barriers eight and six respectively, the only other contender in the 13-filly Vinery Stud Stakes field getting any love from the punters is the also Waller-trained Subpoenaed ($12).
Tommy Berry partners the Rip Van Winkle filly from barrier five as she looks to improve on a fifth when only a half-length beaten from a wide alley (14 of 15) in the Group 3 Kembla Grange Classic (1600m) a fortnight ago.
For value further down the markets are then the likes of the Team Snowden-trained Thousand Guineas runner-up Missile Mantra ($17), Fascino ($17) to be ridden by the flying Tom Marquand out to frank the Melbourne form, and Godolphin’s widely-drawn Kembla Grange Classic winner Asiago ($19) in barrier 13.
2020 Vinery Stud Stakes Field
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||11x211x21||FUNSTAR||Chris Waller||James McDonald||8||56kg||106|
|2||5x422x1112||PROBABEEL (NZ)||Jamie Richards||Kerrin McEvoy||6||56kg||105|
|3||1x5552x054||MISSILE MANTRA||Peter & Paul Snowden||Brenton Avdulla||7||56kg||91|
|4||45x1421x43||FASCINO (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Tom Marquand||10||56kg||87|
|5||7x11181x31||ASIAGO||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||13||56kg||84|
|6||1x2160x125||SUBPOENAED (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||5||56kg||78|
|7||154x832x19||GAME OF THORNS||Kris Lees||3||56kg||76|
|8||7x61231x50||NUDGE||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||1||56kg||76|
|9||112||SHOUT THE BAR||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||4||56kg||76|
|10||210×17||CONTRITION (NZ)||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Sam Clipperton||11||56kg||68|
|11||6x22917x04||ASPECT RATIO||John Sargent||Tim Clark||2||56kg||64|
|12||510×673113||LOVE ME QUIETLY||John Ramsey||Robbie Dolan (a)||9||56kg||64|
|13||8725×55310||STRANGE CHARM||Anthony Cummings||Jean Van Overmeire (a)||12||56kg||63|
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