Jami Lady Leads Gai Waterhouse Classic 2020 Field & Betting

July 17, 2020

Jami Lady Leads Gai Waterhouse Classic 2020 Field & Betting

Steven O’Dea’s in-form mare Jami Lady leads the updated 2020 Gai Waterhouse Classic field and betting markets for the key event at Ipswich Racecourse on Saturday as the action of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival continues.

Fiesta (Photo: Steve Hart) - Races.com.au

Saturday’s Gai Waterhouse Classic favourite Jami Lady has recent winning form over Fiesta (pictured). Photo: Steve Hart.

Punters are in for a double-shot of Black-Type racing action at Ipswich this weekend including the fillies and mares facing off in the Listed $125,000 Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) that closes the card as Race 9 at 4:44pm (AEST).

There remains a capacity Gai Waterhouse Classic field of 16 female gallopers with the two emergencies – Lunar Light and Sunday Sassy – coming in for early withdrawals Jamaican Rain and Pennino.

Drawn gate two with Boris Thornton looking to continue his nice winter carnival is nicely-bred Spirit Of Boom four-year-old Jami Lady chasing her third win on the trot.

Currently paying $3.30 and firming in the Gai Waterhouse Classic odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, Jami Lady returns to Ipswich for the first time since she won at the track at just her second career start in October of 2018.

Progressing nicely since she has stacked up a host of good Black-Type performances in Brisbane and also ran an eye-catching fourth to Invincibella in this January’s $1 million Magic Millions Fillies & Mares (1300m) event.

After a lengthy spell she returned at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Day and carried 59.5kg to victory over the 1000m on June 6 before another win a month later beating Fiesta in the Listed Bright Shadow Quality (1200m) by 2.3 lengths.

Saturday she is back up in distance and weight, but remains the one to beat with a likely on-speed run from the gate.

Only two other runners are currently under double-figures in Gai Waterhouse Classic betting with Godolphin’s now topweight Multaja ($5.50) carrying 58.5kg from gate four and the Tony Gollan-trained Solar Star ($9.50).

James Cummings saddles-up Medgalia D’Oro four-year-old Multaja who is out to improve on her sixth when three lengths off Jami Lady in the Bright Shadow last start.

She meets her last start conqueror better in the weights on Saturday and gets the chance to finish in the money again here on a softer surface.

Boosting Multaja’s chances are the booking of jockey Michael Cahill who boasts an outstanding record in the event having ridden four of the past seven Gai Waterhouse Classic winners to victory.

Cahill first rode Peron (2013) for John Thompson before his 2015 win aboard the Kelso Wood-trained Real Surreal.

He has also ridden the past two winners with Magic Alibi (2018) and Ready To Prophet (2019), the latter prepared by the race’s namesake Gai Waterhouse.

Leading Brisbane horseman, Gollan chases his first Gai Waterhouse Classic win and saddles-up four runners on Saturday led in betting by his in-form Zoustar four-year-old Solar Star.

A specialist at the Ipswich track having won both her previous starts at the course, Solar Star is a recent Eagle Farm winner over 1300m and will appreciate getting back out over further after her second over 1200m last start.

That July 4 run at the Farm saw her carry a hefty 58kg and she will also relish the drop back to just 54kg here with Robbie Fradd coming aboard for the ride.

Jockey Ryan Maloney has been the regular rider of Solar Star this campaign but on Saturday he rides stablemate Twitchy Frank ($11).

Originally prepared by Darren Weir, Choisir mare Twitchy Frank has only been with Gollan since June and had her first start for her new trainer when fourth in Doomben’s Listed Spear Chief Handicap (1350m) on June 27.

Flying hoop Baylee Nothdurft partners Gollan’s widely-drawn Listed Hele Coughlan winner Shalwa ($11) from the outside gate, while the stable’s chances are rounded-out by Amicitia ($15) to be ridden by veteran jockey Jim Byrne.

Byrne is after his third Gai Waterhouse Classic win since 2008 having previously ridden Dorf Command (2009) and Jazz Song (2014) to victory in the winter feature.

The other standout value runner in the mix meanwhile at $12 is the Les Ross-trained River Racer on the quick back-up having run third at the Sunshine Coast in the wet behind Krone in the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) last weekend.

Click here for the latest Gai Waterhouse Classic 2020 odds online courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Gai Waterhouse Classic Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0x750x81x0 JAMAICAN RAIN Richard Laming Tegan Harrison 14 59.5kg 101
2 46442×5756 MULTAJA James Cummings Michael Cahill 4 58kg 98
3 45310×1063 PENNINO Darryl Hansen 15 58kg 98
4 13x1146x11 JAMI LADY Steven O’Dea Boris Thornton 2 57.5kg 97
5 24×5800293 RIVER RACER Les Ross Taylor Marshall 7 57.5kg 97
6 6281711310 SHALWA (NZ) Tony Gollan Baylee Nothdurft (a) 18 56.5kg 95
7 x323433964 TWITCHY FRANK Tony Gollan Ryan Maloney 11 56kg 94
8 1277×60696 STROME Gary Portelli Ms Stephanie Thornton 3 54kg 87.5
9 30×7263512 SOLAR STAR Tony Gollan Robbie Fradd 9 54kg 85
10 x160537x47 PERSUADER Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dale Smith 16 54kg 84
11 x191886576 AKAGE Brian Crowley Andrew Spinks 12 54kg 83
12 36x89260x3 SKATE TO PARIS Chris Munce Justin Huxtable (a) 6 54kg 83
13 1865x308x5 ROSIE POSIE Matt Kropp Adin Thompson (a) 1 54kg 80
14 154×214122 AMICITIA Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 10 54kg 78
15 1×40474211 COUNTESS DE GALVEZ Mark Currie 13 54kg 78
16 x2318x4146 SATIN SOCKS Peter & Paul Snowden Ron Stewart 8 54kg 76
17e 1117330476 LUNAR LIGHT Bryan & Daniel Guy Mark Du Plessis 17 54kg 69
18e 5x2119x1 SUNDAY SASSY Les Kelly 5 54kg 69

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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