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Shaping as one of the most exciting events on a strong Rosehill Gardens race card this Saturday, the 2014 Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) will host the first showdown between leading two-year-old fillies and 2014 Golden Slipper favourites Earthquake and Mossfun.
Having recorded a perfect start to her short racing career, Earthquake has understandably claimed resounding favouritism for the 2014 Reisling Stakes at a current quote of $1.70 to register as undoubted market mover ahead of Mossfun ($4.60), Memorial ($8.50) and Twirl ($9.50).
Can Earthquake claim all lead-up events on her way to the 2014 Golden Slipper, or will Mossfun spoil the party and drastically alter betting markets for the world’s richest race for two-year-olds?
Earthquake debuted on course with an easy two-and-a-half length victory in the Colin Pearce 100th Birthday Plate (1000m) ahead of a talented field in November, continuing to impress when strolling home to claim the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) first-up this season before producing an incredible turn of foot in the final straight of the major Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) to secure her first of what will likely be many titles at the top flight of Australian racing. Despite drawing the somewhat awkward barrier 9 for this weekend’s Reisling Stakes, trainer Peter Snowden believes the talented Exceed And Excel filly is amazingly yet to hit top gear, and should have no problem winning this weekend.
Having also secured three wins from as many starts in a perfect career start to date, Mossfun has continued to build in form since claiming the Inglis Nursery Open (1000m) by a nose on debut; finding the line a length in the clear in the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) on February 15th and blowing all competition away in the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m) most recently, jogging home to win by more than four lengths. Having drawn the wide barrier 10 for the Reisling Stakes, Team Hawkes are confident Mossfun has the talent and class to deliver Earthquake her first competitive loss.
Clifton Red ($31)
While entering the 2014 Reisling Stakes as one of the most inexperienced fillies in the final field, Clifton Red offers punters incredible value for money at her current quote of $31 ($5.90 for a place). Breaking well, holding good position and maintaining a strong sprint to beat a talented field that included Ygritte in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) on March 8th, the exciting Sebring filly was arguably the biggest winner at Wednesday’s Reisling Stakes barrier draw, having been allocated the ideal gate 4.
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