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In-form filly Vanna Girl for last weekend’s Stradbroke winning trainers Toby & Trent Edmonds has suffered an early blow drawing out wide for Saturday’s 2020 The Roses at Eagle Farm.
A capacity field of three-year-old fillies is gathered for this season’s Group 2 $175,000 The Roses (1800m) that takes place over a decreased distance for reduced prize money at Eagle Farm instead of Doomben due to the COVID-19 impacted Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival reshuffle.
Despite drawing barrier 13 and coming into 12 at best with the race’s sole emergency Hallowed Girl drawing the rails, the punters remain faithful in Vanna Girl who remains top of The Roses odds at $2.45 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Jockey Brad Stewart retains the ride on the ultra-consistent Husson filly who has won six of her nine starts to date including her last three on the trot.
Vanna Girl comes off back-to-back Black-Type wins at Doomben having completed the Listed Daybreak Lover – Pam O’Neill Stakes double over the mile and is now looking to extend her brilliance over further on the weekend.
The stable won last Saturday’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap in an upset with Tyzone and are hoping for another feature race win on the weekend with Vanna Girl potentially Melbourne-bound in the spring should she salute for the punters in The Roses.
“She’s going to the paddock after The Roses and if she wins, we’ll prep her for the spring in Melbourne,” co-trainer Trent Edmonds told Racing Queensland.
“The Matriarch Stakes is a fillies’ and mares’ race which should suit her and we can aim a bit higher if she wins The Roses.
“It’s a Group 2 race and is a good target for her at this stage.
“Her rating is high enough now for a Group 2 but a win in The Roses will lift her rating a bit more which will help her get into some of the bigger races if we decide to head that way.”
The Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) runs at Flemington on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November.
Success on Saturday would also see Vanna Girl become the first Queensland-trained filly to win The Roses since Lasoron for Bryan Guy in 2007.
The dangers in The Roses 2020 betting include a host of interstate raiders led by the Mark Newnham-trained Celestial Falls at $4.20 from Sydney.
She is one of three for Newham in The Roses field, the trainer also accepting for Money Magic ($17) and Soul Purpose ($31) who both drew out wide in gates 12 and 15 respectively.
Celestial Falls meanwhile came up trumps with barrier four for her hoop Michael Cahill in the Group 2, the progressive daughter of Hinchinbrook coming off a second to Vanna Girl in the Pam O’Neill Stakes on May 30.
The only other filly at single-figures to win is the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Sky Horse ($6) also drawing well in barrier three.
Jockey Ryan Maloney partners the in-form daughter of top Kiwi sire Tavistock.
Sky Horse is back against her own kind after a credible fourth from out wide (13 of 14) behind Supergiant (1st) and subsequent Rough Habit Plate winner Ballistic Boy (2nd) in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1800m) at Eagle Farm on May 23.
2020 The Roses Field & Barriers
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||2613×85123||FLORENT||Tony Noonan||Andrew Mallyon||6||56.5kg||75|
|2||214112111||VANNA GIRL||Toby & Trent Edmonds||Brad Stewart||13||56.5kg||90|
|3||2×68722404||MISS CAVALLO||Michael Nolan||Dale Smith||14||56.5kg||65|
|4||521x213x22||CELESTIAL FALLS||Mark Newnham||Michael Cahill||4||56.5kg||80|
|5||511538×662||CELLARMAID||Kelly Schweida||James Orman||11||56.5kg||69|
|6||4×41132220||DEE DAY DIVA||Robert Heathcote||Tegan Harrison||9||56.5kg||70|
|7||122×132||MONEY MAGIC||Mark Newnham||Ryan Wiggins||12||56.5kg||71|
|8||x196x25775||CALIFORNIA SALTO||Peter & Paul Snowden||Jim Byrne||5||56.5kg||70|
|9||24114||SKY HORSE (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ryan Maloney||3||56.5kg||70|
|10||5×286114||SHUHOOD||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Robbie Fradd||2||56.5kg||71|
|11||418×516173||AL JOOD||Chris Munce||Ms Stephanie Thornton||10||56.5kg||73|
|12||642312||SOUL PURPOSE||Mark Newnham||Luke Dittman||15||56.5kg||63|
|13||7×232331||ADELASE||Barry Baldwin||Mark Du Plessis||7||56.5kg||61|
|14||1×05399||MISS PENFOLD||Kelly Schweida||Jake Bayliss||8||56.5kg||64|
|15e||x816465x43||HALLOWED GIRL||Chris Anderson||TBA||1||56.5kg||58|
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