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Godolphin’s Queen Of The Turf Stakes-nominated mare Raiment is a first-up favourite in Triscay Stakes 2018 betting to salute in her campaign kick-off at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
A quality line-up of 14 mares are engaged to do battle in this year’s Group 3 $150,000 Robrick Lodge Triscay Stakes (1200m) when the handicap sprint runs as Race 7 at 5:05pm (AEDT) on Apollo Stakes Day.
Current favourite in the Triscay Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is Street Cry four-year-old Raiment at $4.40, the James Cummings-trained Street Cry four-year-old chasing her maiden win since the Group 3 James Carr Stakes (1400m) won in the mud at Randwick last April.
She hasn’t started since June last year in Brisbane when unplaced behind Prompt Response in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) but is tipped to make a successful return to racing.
Two Warwick Farm trials have brought Raiment on fitness-wise as she looks to add to her excellent 1200m record (6:3-2-0) and salute in her third Randwick win from four starts at the track.
Raiment holds a couple of Group 1 nominations for April’s ‘The Championships’ including a possible shot at the Group 1 $1 million Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) on Day 2.
The second best fancied mare in the Triscay Stakes field this weekend at $5.50 is Eckstein in gate eight with Brenton Avdulla booked to ride the Kurt Goldman-trained daughter of I Am Invincible.
Also entered for the Queen Of The Turf, the four-year-old has a four-from-five record over the Triscay Stakes distance and is out to atone for the devastatingly close second when just nosed out of the $1 million Magic Millions Fillies & Mares (1300m) Gold Coast race on January 13 finishing second to Invincibella.
Eckstein has been freshened-up since and is heavily weighted with the 58kg equal top kilos, but has class proven by her Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) second to Shoals over the Flemington mile last Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The next best in betting at an equal $6.50 are Faraway Town and the early market mover My Country who both get in on the 53kg minimum.
Matthew Smith saddles-up Not A Single Doubt four-year-old Faraway Town who comes off a win at the track and distance on January 20, while My Country represents the Peter & Paul Snowden stable.
A daughter of Poet’s Voice, My Country is drawn well in gate three and is another Magic Millions Fillies & Mares graduate having finished third in the million dollar race in Queensland.
Other notable hopes include the Lindsay Park-trained Miss Gunpowder ($8.50) and the consistent Just Dreaming ($11) prepared by Newcastle’s Kris Lees.
2018 Triscay Stakes Field & Odds
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