Favourite Gets Sweet Deal in Emancipation Stakes 2020 Field & Barriers

March 26, 2020

Favourite Gets Sweet Deal in Emancipation Stakes 2020 Field & Barriers

The John Thompsontrained Sweet Deal came up trumps with barrier two for Saturday’s 2020 Emancipation Stakes at Rosehill and continues to dominate betting on the Group 2 event.

Sweet Deal. Photo: Steve Hart.

Sweet Deal heads the 2020 Emancipation Stakes betting markets for Rosehill this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

The penultimate showdown on the nine race Tancred Stakes Day card in Sydney this weekend, the Group 2 $200,000 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) attracted a final field of 14 fillies and mares.

Sitting top of the Emancipation Stakes odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.40 for the win is Thompson’s ultra-consistent Casino Prince five-year-old Sweet Deal.

Jockey Nash Rawiller jumps back aboard having ridden the mare for her two last wins including the first-up Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) triumph by over two lengths at Randwick in mid-February.

Blake Shinn was aboard for her last start second to Dawn Dawn in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) when beaten the barest of margins on February 29 and she has been kept fresh since.

With a little break between runs, a return to Rosehill where she boasts a 50% winning strike rate from six previous starts at the track and the nice gate all work in favour for Sweet Deal third-up on the weekend.

Despite the size of the Emancipation Stakes field this season, just three other runners are currently under double figures with market mover Amangiri ($6.50), the flying Positive Peace ($8.50) and the widely-drawn Pohutukawa ($9) considered the dangers.

Tommy Berry partners the Hawkes Racing-trained Amangiri first-up from barrier five, the nicely-bred All Too Hard mare looking to remain undefeated at the distance.

The consistent four-year-old has been tested in strong company plenty of times including her sixth when only 1.75 lengths beaten at Flemington in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) last November.

She races for the first time since on the back of a winning Rosehill trial that she blitzed by six lengths on a Heavy track over 900m earlier in the month and has to be considered according to her hoop.

“She is a nice mare who has always shown a lot of potential. She should have been unbeaten in her first four or five starts had it not been for some bad luck,” Berry told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“She’s come back well this prep, she trialled at Rosehill and won by a massive space the other day – she won by about six with my feet on the dashboard.

“She’s a free-rolling type who will run well fresh and if we can get our way in front will be hard to run down.”

Positive Peace brings a string of wins into the race, Bjorn Baker‘s four-year-old Stratum mare having saluted in her last four starts.

She is at a decent price to make it five on the trot and add to her excellent Rosehill record going up in grade here off a big 2.8 length win over 1350m on a mud track here in a BenchMark 88 a fortnight ago.

The Godolphin-raced Medaglia D’Oro four-year-old Pohutukawa meanwhile has work to do from gate 13 as she looks for her first top three finish when racing at Rosehill for the fourth time.

Her opening two runs this autumn at Randwick were excellent when third in both the Triscay and Guy Walter Stakes before she was tested in Group 1 company last start.

On March 14 at Rosehill she finished over nine lengths back eighth to Con Te Partiro in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) on a Heavy (9) and she should appreciate dropping back to this level fourth-up.

Click here for the latest Emancipation Stakes 2020 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Emancipation Stakes Field

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 53403x600x UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 6 58kg 103
2 355x3x03x8 OUR ABBADEAN (NZ) Chris Waller Jay Ford 7 57kg 105
3 237x042x30 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees TBA 3 56kg 107
4 x2130x3417 DAWN DAWN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 9 56kg 104
5 08×7718262 MISS FABULASS Kris Lees Glen Boss 12 56kg 102
6 x54565x553 NOIRE Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 56kg 102
7 x3232621x0 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Tom Marquand 8 56kg 100
8 5451131×12 SWEET DEAL John Thompson Nash Rawiller 2 55.5kg 106
9 2x4247x338 POHUTUKAWA James Cummings James McDonald 13 55kg 102
10 1260x4316x AMANGIRI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 5 55kg 97
11 123x13047x GIRL TUESDAY Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4 54kg 102
12 790527×520 DELECTATION GIRL (GB) Kris Lees TBA 14 54kg 100
13 8x1332x645 SWEET SCANDAL Chris Waller Robbie Dolan (a) 10 54kg 95
14 9222×21111 POSITIVE PEACE Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 11 54kg 91

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