Mares Dominate 2020 P.B. Lawrence Stakes Field & Betting

August 13, 2020

Mares Dominate 2020 P.B. Lawrence Stakes Field & Betting

Last year’s champion Mystic Journey along with fellow mares Arcadia Queen and Savatiano are tipped to dominate the P.B. Lawrence Stakes 2020 on Saturday leading the field and early betting on the Caulfield feature.

Mystic Journey Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Mystic Journey returns to defend her title in Saturday’s 2020 P.B. Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield. Ultimate Racing Photos.

Set to run as Race 8 at 4:35pm (AEST), this season’s Group 2 $200,000 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) field has attracted a star-studded line-up of 11.

The weight-for-age clash, considered a key Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival lead-up into the majors including the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup, was won last season by Adam Trinder’s record-breaking mare from Tassie Mystic Journey.

The inaugural $5 million The All-Star Mile winner from 2019, Mystic Journey races first-up on the weekend looking for her first victory since winning last year’s P.B. Lawrence Stakes.

Her subsequent four runs in the past 12 months have all been in Group 1 company and include the Cox Plate fifth to Lys Gracieux.

She should enjoy the step back in grade, although the field is top-class on Saturday, and is a noted first-up performer (5:3-0-0).

Mystic Journey is two from three at Caulfield and undefeated (3:3-0-0) over the 1400m, plus has looked the goods in two winter trials back home including a win on the synthetic from July 28 over 1009.

Drawn in barrier nine with Billy Egan to ride, the Tasmanian star is at current P.B. Lawrence Stakes odds of $4 through Ladbrokes.com.au to go back-to-back in the race since Tauto (1971-72).

Mystic Journey is out to be the first back-to-back P.B. Lawrence Stakes winner since Tauto (1971-72)

The two key dangers looking at the latest markets are the early mover Savatiano ($5.50 into $4.80) for Godolphin and the Grant & Alana Williams-trained W.A. champion Arcadia Queen ($5) drawn in barriers three and four respectively.

A Heavy (9) track at Rosehill last weekend saw trainer James Cummings scratch Savatiano from her original first-up mission in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m), and on Saturday she resumes a week later over the extra metres of the P.B. Lawrence.

Jockey Mark Zahra is booked to ride the honest daughter of Street Cry who has won four of her seven previous first-up assignments and who has a strong 1400m strike rate (9:2-4-2).

She chases her first win since a nearly three length romp home at Rosehill back in February’s Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) and was last seen running a credible sixth in the Group 1 Robert Sangster in Adelaide.

Saturday sees the now six-year-old race in Melbourne for the first time since October, but the bookies are taking no chances and the punters are coming for her fresh as she boasts a Group 2 Tristarc Stakes win at the track and distance.

Arcadia Queen is also looking to return to her top form after the Pierro mare’s last start fifth in the $7.5 million The Golden Eagle last November in Sydney.

She’s returned to Perth since having spent the spring with Chris Waller in Sydney and back with the Williams’ family connections are hoping she can also be back in the winners’ stall for the first time since her 2018 Group 1 Kingston Town success at Ascot.

Arcadia Queen’s ace stablemate Regal Power ($6) and the potential value punt in the race Streets Of Avalon ($8) round out the single-figure fancies.

Jumping from a nice midfield barrier six draw with the ‘Wizard of the West’ William Pike in Melbourne for the ride, Regal Power is out to make an impact first-up off an outstanding autumn preparation.

The Pierro gelding ran fourth only a length beaten first-up in February’s Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield before running second in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington.

He relished a drop back in distance for the second edition of The All-Star Mile and couldn’t have been more impressive winning the $5 million feature in mid-March over stablemate Superstorm.

Sure to be better for Saturday’s run, Regal Power chases his first win over the 1400m but has four minor placings from his six previous starts at the distance.

Streets Of Avalon meanwhile is a Group 1 winner over the 1400m at Caulfield having saluted in the Futurity Stakes back on Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

Shane Nichols’ Magnus six-year-old is a definite specialist at the track and distance (9:4-2-1) and will be improving off his last start second in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) from late July.

Click here for the latest P.B. Lawrence Stakes 2020 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 P.B. Lawrence Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x2161x421x REGAL POWER Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 6 59kg 112
2 166x32050x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 1 59kg 109
3 189x3210x2 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Ben Melham 5 59kg 110
4 83x100x80x CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Luke Nolen 2 59kg 108
5 713x25319x CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 11 59kg 106
6 x653502217 SIRCCONI Nick Ryan Daniel Stackhouse 10 59kg 98
7 333×002141 MORRISSY Leon & Troy Corstens Craig Williams 7 59kg 92
8 11x1255x5x MYSTIC JOURNEY Adam Trinder Billy Egan 9 57kg 113
9 13111x105x ARCADIA QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams Damian Lane 4 57kg 110
10 101x12766x SAVATIANO James Cummings Mark Zahra 3 57kg 109
11 75720x507x ARISTIA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Jamie Kah 8 57kg 103

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