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Despite drawing a capacity field of class female gallopers, the Sheraco Stakes 2020 betting markets for Saturday at Rosehill are dominated by just the one mare – Fasika.
The penultimate event on Sydney’s Run To The Rose Day program, this season’s Group 2 $200,000 Schweppes Sheraco Stakes (1200m) field features the full 16 starters plus emergencies.
Drawn ideally mid-field with Brenton Avdulla aboard first-up, Joe Pride’s resuming So You Think mare chases her first victory since the Group 3 Wenona Girl (1200m) at Randwick back in early March.
Her last start produced a good third behind Tofane in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) on April 18 and the bookies are tipping that form to hold on the weekend.
Fasika has been brought on fitness wise with back-to-back Warwick Farm trial wins, the latest on September 3, and she’s a proven first-up performer (3:2-1-0).
While yet to win at the Rosehill track, she kicks off her spring over her pet distance (5:3-2-0) and looks ready to fire fresh over the six furlongs.
The dangers occupying the second and third lines of betting respectively in the Golden Pendant lead-up are the also resuming Chris Waller-trained Haut Brion Her ($7.50) and John Thompson’s in-form Sweet Deal ($9).
Waller has dominated the Sheraco Stakes results over the past six years with three wins thanks to the double by Catkins (2014-15) and 2018 success of Invincibella.
The master horseman returns with three runners this season led by the ultra-consistent Zouster mare Haut Brion Her.
The gun five-year-old has had just eight starts to date for an excellent strike-rate of five wins and three seconds.
She is a brilliant performer at the distance (5:3-2-0) and has won her only other Rosehill assignment to date back in August last year.
The query however is how she will present after a lengthy spell, Haut Brion Her last seen winning the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) at Flemington in October last year.
She has trialled twice this season with back-to-back August wins at Warwick Farm and Rosehill respectively, so looks a chance to return in the same hot form she went out in.
Fiesta ($51) and Subpoenaed ($18) round out the Waller contingent.
Sweet Deal meanwhile boasts the fitness edge on Saturday having won the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1100m) first-up at Randwick three weeks ago.
She was excellent there carrying 59kg to victory and is a strong second-up performer (6:1-4-0), plus has a wonderful record at Rosehill (7:3-0-1).
The Casino Prince six-year-old comes back notably in weight, but the concern is the extreme outside alley in a big field for her to overcome.
Mizzy at $10 looks value with the Anthony Cummings-trained daughter of Zoustar chasing back-to-back wins in the event.
She was on fire this time last year stringing together a number of wins including in this and then the Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) next start.
Mizzy went on to catch the eye running third in both the Silver Eagle and $7.5 million Golden Eagle, the latter at 40/1, and races for the first time since on Saturday.
In gate four with a good record fresh, Mizzy looks a big chance of a successful title defence at double-figures.
The other notable hopes in the Sheraco this season include early market mover Adelong ($16 into $10) and the Godolphin-raced Flit ($17) drawn the second outside alley.
2020 Sheraco Stakes Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||14x1602x29||FLIT||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||18||58kg||106|
|2||11216x||SHOUT THE BAR||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||10||58kg||106|
|3||446x11133x||MIZZY||Anthony Cummings||Regan Bayliss||4||57kg||110|
|4||2x2111117x||POSITIVE PEACE||Bjorn Baker||Tim Clark||3||56kg||104|
|5||21x111221x||HAUT BRION HER||Chris Waller||James McDonald||14||56kg||100|
|6||x080x2092x||FIESTA||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||16||56kg||96|
|7||131x1255x1||SWEET DEAL||John Thompson||Nash Rawiller||19||55.5kg||56kg||105|
|8||x229x1823x||FASIKA||Joseph Pride||Brenton Avdulla||7||55kg||107|
|9||1281x3466x||OUTBACK BARBIE||Tony Gollan||Glen Boss||13||54kg||103|
|10||39x71376x7||EVALINA||Kris Lees||Jim Byrne||1||54kg||96|
|12||6116x2334x||JEN RULES||Peter & Paul Snowden||Sam Clipperton||6||54kg||90|
|13||2x81x764x3||SEASONS||Les Bridge||Kerrin McEvoy||2||54kg||90|
|14||14x39727x9||RIVER BIRD||Jason Coyle||Ms Kathy O’Hara||8||54kg||89|
|15||62122340×5||INVICTUS SALUTE||Mark Newnham||Ms Rachel King||17||54kg||87|
|16||x1259243x4||SUBPOENAED (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||12||54kg||87|
|17e||1x133x2872||ZANIAH||Kris Lees||Jason Collett||9||54kg||83|
|19e||23161110×3||ELECTRIC GIRL||Gwenda Markwell||11||54kg||80|
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