Baccarat Baby Leads 2020 Sapphire Stakes Field & Betting

June 26, 2020

Baccarat Baby Leads 2020 Sapphire Stakes Field & Betting

Money is coming for the David Vandyke-trained Baccarat Baby to atone for her midfield finish in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes last start and take out the Sapphire Stakes 2020 at Doomben this weekend.

Sure Knee. Photo: Steve Hart.

Sure Knee represents trainer Chris Waller in the 2020 Sapphire Stakes field at Doomben on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

The talented four-year-old daughter of Casino Prince is one of a dozen fillies and mares engaged in Saturday’s Group 3 $125,000 Sapphire Stakes (1630m) that runs as one of two Group events in Brisbane for the latest Queensland Winter Racing Carnival meeting.

Baccarat Baby hasn’t won a race since October of last year, but she has been competitive in plenty since racking up a trio of top three runs this prep before her last start seventh in the Dane Ripper over 1400m at Eagle Farm on June 13.

It was a blanket finish in the Dane Ripper with Baccarat Baby only 1.6 lengths off the shock winner Love You Lucy and she is tipped to improve returning to her pet track, Doomben, where she boasts an outstanding record of three wins, a second and a third from five starts.

The latest Sapphire Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au list the favourite at $3.90, a firming price despite her wide barrier 11 draw after she opened at $4.40.

Following closely in Sapphire Stakes betting are the Tony Gollan-trained Krone ($5) and Tricky Gal ($6) for Sydney’s Matthew Smith drawn in barriers six and five respectively.

Eurozone four-year-old Krone presents fit having her fourth run for the season since being transferred from Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr in Melbourne, and her second at Doomben where she ran a close second two back behind Shalwa in the Listed Helen Coughlan Stakes (1350m).

She too is a graduate out of that tight Dane Ripper Stakes finish having run 1.3 lengths back fifth with Brad Stewart coming aboard the fast finishing mare this weekend.

In-form apprentice hoop Baylee Nothdurft has been enjoying a stellar carnival and will be chasing another feature race win aboard Tricky Gal in the Sapphire.

The Magic Albert four-year-old has a great record over the mile (4:2-2-0) ahead of her Doomben debut and was last seen finishing second when carrying more weight (59kg) at Rosehill in the wet over 1300m on June 13 in a Benchmark 78.

There are a further three single-figure hopefuls to win the Sapphire this winter with the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Shuhood ($7.50), Sure Knee ($8) for Chris Waller and the Kris Lees-trained Delectation Girl ($8.50) all as interstate dangers.

I Am Invincible three-year-old Shuhood is the only filly taking on the older mares in the Sapphire Stakes field this year, the up-and-comer coming off two earlier Brisbane lead-up runs.

She ran fourth at Doomben in the Listed Pam O’Neill Stakes (1600m) in late May before her credible fifth as a roughie shot in the Group 2 The Roses (1800m) at the Farm a fortnight ago and she should relish the drop-in distance and grade for the Sapphire.

Waller has been a force to be reckoned with in the Queensland staying races this winter and will be out to make his mark in the Sapphire on Saturday with his Snitzel four-year-old Sure Knee making her Brisbane debut.

The British-bred Delectation Girl meanwhile has been out of form this prep running unplaced in Rosehill’s Group 2 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) and ninth in the Group 3 Eagle Farm Mile (1600m).

The six-year-old however was fourth in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) during the autumn and is right up to this class if she gets back to her best form.

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

2020 Sapphire Stakes Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6011×30070 TELEPLAY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Cahill 8 57kg 103
2 1x165x2237 BACCARAT BABY David Vandyke Ryan Maloney 11 57kg 101
3 27×5206409 DELECTATION GIRL (GB) Kris Lees Andrew Mallyon 3 57kg 98
4 4x11218x05 PAINT THE TOWN TWO (NZ) Bevan Laming Sean Cormack 12 57kg 94
5 813561×026 SURE KNEE Chris Waller Luke Dittman 10 57kg 92
6 4183x9x025 KRONE Tony Gollan Brad Stewart 6 57kg 89.5
7 41277×6069 STROME Gary Portelli Ms Stephanie Thornton 7 57kg 87.5
8 0x62242175 RED STINA Rex Lipp Tegan Harrison 9 57kg 84
9 12112×1632 TRICKY GAL Matthew Smith Baylee Nothdurft (a) 5 57kg 84
10 x51350x998 MEWSTONE ROCK (NZ) John Symons & Sheila Laxon Larry Cassidy 2 57kg 77
11 78595×7941 BAREFOOT Tony & Maddysen Sears James Orman 1 57kg 76.5
12 5×2861145 SHUHOOD Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Robbie Fradd 4 55kg 71

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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