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Godolphin’s class mare Colette is tipped to return to winning form and post her first win for 2022 in the Group 1 $1 million Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) this weekend in Sydney.
Day 2 of The Championships runs at Randwick this weekend with four Group 1 features including the Queen Of The Turf Stakes for the fillies and mares.
A capacity field for the mile showdown is headed by the James Cummings-trained Colette drawn ideally in barrier nine with James McDonald chasing his first win in the event.
The five-year-old daughter of Hallowed Crown chases her first win since the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington last October.
She presents fit fourth-up on Saturday and was good last time out at Rosehill on March 19 when runner-up to Forbidden Love in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
Colette is the current $4.20 favourite in Queen Of The Turf Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au as she looks to improve on her fourth to upset winner Nettoyer (2021) in last year’s race.
Despite the size of the field just two other runners are under double-figure Queen Of The Turf Stakes odds with Icebath and Yonce both at $6.
Inaugural $2 million The Invitation winner here in the spring, the Brad Widdup-trained Icebath is on the quick back-up having run at the same track and distance last Saturday.
She was brave at 25/1 when only a length back third to Mr Brightside in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m), a classic she was second to at big odds last year also, when carrying just 52kg.
She is up to 57kg this weekend back against her own kind and is drawn wide out in barrier 15, but remains one of the key chances ridden by three-time Queen Of The Turf Stakes winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy.
Progressive Proisir mare is the untapped danger making her Group race debut undefeated ahead of her acid test on Saturday.
The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained four-year-old is six-from-six in Victoria and was last seen winning over 2000m at Flemington March 19 as the odds-on favourite, but faces much tougher class of rivals here from the inside alley with John Allen to ride.
The next best at $10 are then Group 1 winners Fangirl and Lighthouse drawn in barriers 16 and 12 respectively.
Trainer Chris Waller chases his second Queen Of The Turf Stakes victory after his 2017 success with Foxplay and saddles-up last start Vinery Stud Stakes winning filly Fangirl.
He has opted not to step her up in distance for a shot at the Australian Oaks on Saturday alongside his Vinery runner-up Hungry Heart, instead bringing her back to a mile against the mares here.
Since Forensics (2008) just two fillies have won the Queen Of The Turf Stakes with the aforementioned Foxplay (2017) for Waller and Alizee (2018) the next year for Godolphin.
Success would also see Foxplay become the first filly in history to complete the Vinery Stud Stakes – Queen Of The Turf Stakes double.
The other fillies in this year’s Queen Of The Turf Stakes field are: Sunline Stakes runner-up at The Valley last start Barb Raider ($16), the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Never Been Kissed ($31) coming off a fourth in the Vinery and Team Hawkes’ Thousand Guineas winner from the spring Yearning ($41).
Five-year-old Mizzen Mast grey Lighthouse from the Maher/Eustace stable meanwhile is looking to return to winning form after her credible eighth in last weekend’s Doncaster.
She was in flying form prior to that with three straight seconds including in the Group 1 C.F. Orr in Melbourne and the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick before her Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) victory at Rosehill.
2022 Queen Of The Turf Stakes Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||x65118x282||COLETTE||James Cummings||James McDonald||9||57kg||112|
|2||x111122218||LIGHTHOUSE (USA)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ms Jamie Kah||12||57kg||110|
|3||54912×6493||ICEBATH (NZ)||Brad Widdup||Kerrin McEvoy||15||57kg||108|
|4||x300x57x81||SHOUT THE BAR||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Nash Rawiller||10||57kg||108|
|5||11x84837x4||HUNGRY HEART||Chris Waller||Mark Zahra||11||57kg||107|
|6||4x42446x25||NIMALEE||Matthew Smith||Damien Oliver||3||57kg||106|
|7||2x121x2241||PROMISE OF SUCCESS (GB)||John O’Shea||Hugh Bowman||4||57kg||106|
|8||x41053x373||VANGELIC||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||13||57kg||106|
|9||13x2153x14||ANNAVISTO (NZ)||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Ms Rachel King||6||57kg||104|
|10||3x03402x45||QUANTUM MECHANIC||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Damian Lane||14||57kg||102|
|11||41216×5626||MIRRA VISION||Peter & Paul Snowden||Sam Clipperton||2||57kg||101|
|12||149x6291x3||STEINEM (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Tommy Berry||17||57kg||98|
|13||055829×315||LE LUDE||John Thompson||Brock Ryan||18||57kg||96|
|14||111111||YONCE (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||1||57kg||92|
|15||x3111x1541||FANGIRL||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||16||54.5kg||103|
|16||491214×356||YEARNING||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||William Pike||7||54.5kg||100|
|17||321135×112||BARB RAIDER||Jerome Hunter||Craig Williams||8||54.5kg||99|
|18||11912×024||NEVER BEEN KISSED (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Regan Bayliss||5||54.5kg||95|
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