Bella Nipotina Heads 2023 Robert Sangster Stakes Field & Betting Odds

May 4, 2023

Bella Nipotina Heads 2023 Robert Sangster Stakes Field & Betting Odds

The money is coming for the classy Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained mare Bella Nipotina to return to Group 1 winning form as the favourite for Saturday’s Robert Sangster Stakes 2023 in Adelaide.

Bella Nipotina | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos | Races.com.au

Group 1 winning mare Bella Nipotina is favourite to take out the 2023 Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Elite level racing in South Australia continues on the weekend at Morphettville Racecourse with a strong field of female gallopers gathered for this year’s Group 1 $502,250 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m).

Heading the field and latest Robert Sangster Stakes odds online at $3.90 through Ladbrokes.com.au is Bella Nipotina drawn a treat in gate five with Ben Melham continuing associations.

The five-year-old daughter of Pride Of Dubai has had three previous runs at the Morphettville track without success, but the punters are tipping that to change this weekend.

She ran fifth in last year’s Robert Sangster Stakes results behind the fellow Maher/Eustace-trained mare Snapdancer and was also fifth in a brave run in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) here a fortnight after that.

Her latest victory was a nearly five-length romp home over Rothfire, recent winner of Brisbane’s Group 2 Victory Stakes, in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at The Valley last October.

Bella Nipotina has been typically excellent this campaign running two Group 1 placings from three starts before her last start third under a length off the winner Overpass in WA’s $4 million The Quokka (1200m) after missing the kick.

A better start there and she would have won the inaugural running of the buy-in Perth feature, and she is after atonement rock-hard fit in Adelaide now.

Maher & Eustace won last year’s Robert Sangster Stakes with the aforementioned Snapdancer and saddle-up a trio of runners this weekend chasing back-to-back victories.

The favourite Bella Nipotina is joined in the Robert Sangster Stakes field by her stablemates Marabi ($11) and Ruthless Dame ($13) drawn in barriers 7 and 12 respectively.

Marabi is a 1200m specialist having won four of her previous five starts at the distance and is after her first win since the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) in February last year.

After a month on the side-lines the now six-year-old I Am Invincible mare resumed with an eighth to stablemate Coolangatta in Flemington’s Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) only 3.5 lengths beaten with improvement to come.

Tavistock filly Ruthless Dame, recent Group 1 Surround Stakes runner-up in Sydney over the autumn, is looking to be the second three-year-old Robert Sangster Stakes winner in three years after the 2021 success of Instant Celebrity.

There are currently three runners joining Bella Nipotina at single-figure Robert Sangster Stakes odds including the $5.50 second elect Zapateo for the Royal Blue brigade.

The Godolphin-raced Brazen Beau four-year-old chases her third win on the trot having won the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill before a last start 2.4 length victory at Randwick on April 8 in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m).

Equal in the markets at $5.50 is the rails-drawn Passive Aggressive for Grahame Begg.

The Fastnet Rock four-year-old has won five of her seven starts to date, most recently on March 4 at Randwick in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes where she defeated Eduardo (2nd) and last year’s The Everest hero Giga Kick (3rd).

Things went amiss last time out on April 1 when 11th on a Heavy (9) Randwick track in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m), but with a firmer track back against her own kind in Adelaide this weekend she can make amends.

Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller saddles-up the last of the single-figure hopes in Robert Sangster Stakes betting with September Run ($9) running fourth-up.

It has been a while between drinks for the mare whose last victory was in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley last March, after which she finished third in the 2022 Robert Sangster Stakes trifecta.

She has been competitive in plenty since and comes off a lead-up fourth in this year’s William Reid Stakes where she was far from disgraced in her ultimately unsuccessful title defence.

Other notable Robert Sangster Stakes hopes this autumn include the flying Waller-trained Coolmore Classic winner Espiona ($11) and the resuming Matthew Williams-trained Literary Magnate ($23) who looks nice value.

The Robert Sangster Stakes 2023 is set to run as Morphettville Race 7 on Saturday with full markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au available in full here.

2023 Robert Sangster Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x1219x3023 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 5 56.5kg 112
2 x4221x0039 ROCH ’N’ HORSE (NZ) Michael Moroney Jamie Mott 9 56.5kg 112
3 1x11115x8x MARABI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 7 56.5kg 111
4 x16144x011 ZAPATEO James Cummings Damien Oliver 11 56.5kg 110
5 135x84x404 SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Craig Williams 14 56.5kg 110
6 1111x4x10 PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 1 56.5kg 107
7 81x640x611 ESPIONA Chris Waller Michael Dee 10 56.5kg 106
8 11310×3899 CHAIN OF LIGHTNING Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 8 56.5kg 104
9 24323x123x LITERARY MAGNATE Matthew Williams Dean Yendall 3 56.5kg 98
10 5311x70x24 SERADESS Mark & Levi Kavanagh Todd Pannell 2 56.5kg 98
11 74x103110x DIAMONDS Chris Bieg Ms Teagan Voorham 6 56.5kg 95
12 x4057x3143 ANOTHER AWARD Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 13 56.5kg 94
13 11×320 RUTHLESS DAME (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 12 55kg 100
14 61x3380x1 I’MLOVIN’YA Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Zac Spain 4 55kg 83

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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