Sydney’s premier metropolitan racecourse at Rosehill is set to host one of the state’s biggest days of racing this Saturday, the illustrious Golden Slipper Day.
As part of the excellent line up of feature events on the day, the $400, 000 Group 1 Storm Queen Stakes (2000m) is due to run and will be known this year as the Vinery Stud Stakes.
The 2010 Vinery Stud Stakes (a.k.a. Storm Queen Stakes) will be contested by a capacity field of 16 three-year-old fillies with two top contenders currently fighting for favouritism.
Leading the way for now at $4.80 with Ladbrokes.com.au is the Bart Cummings-trained Faint Perfume. Despite a luckless ninth place last start in the Coolmore Classic and a wide barrier 11 draw for the Vinery Stud Stakes, the daughter of Shamardal is still receiving plenty of support from the punters.
Following closely at $5 is Valdemoro, trained by Tony Vasil and due to be ridden by Blake Shinn. A winner of their last two starts, the Encosta De Lago filly is seeking their maiden Group success in the Storm Queen Stakes.
The Storm Queen Stakes on Saturday boasts one of the most open fields in many years, with plenty of quality fillies in with a good chance of coming away with the win.
Other top contenders include the Peter Moody-trained Angus Armanasco Stakes winner coming off a gallant second to Rock Classic in the Group 1 Crown Guineas Set For Fame (barrier 12) and Run For Naara also drawn wide in 14.
Gai Waterhouse has her promising young stayer Once Were Wild starting in the race, drawn ideally in barrier three. The Johannesburg filly has had a stunning strike rate to date, winning five of their six race starts but is yet to secure a big win.
Randwick trainer Waterhouse is making an imposing assault on the Golden Slipper meeting at Rosehill on Saturday gearing up eight horses from her stables for success – Zutara in the $125, 000 Listed The Schweppervesence (1400m), More Joyous and Montana Flyer in the $400, 000 Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes (1500m), odds-on favourite Theseo in the $2.25million Group 1 The BMW (2400m), the talented Brightexpectations and More Strawberries in the feature race of the day the $3.5million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m), Descarado in the $150, 000 Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) and Swift Alliance in the $125, 000 Group 3 The Sebring Stakes (1100m).
The 2010 Storm Queen Stakes – registered as the 2010 Vinery Stud Stakes – is scheduled to jump at 1:05pm (NSW time) as race three.
2010 Vinery Stud Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|Bart Cummings||Michael Rodd||11||56|
RUN FOR NAARA
|John P Thompson||Hugh Bowman||14||56|
SET FOR FAME
|Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||12||56|
|John P Thompson||Dean Holland||2||56|
MY EMOTION (NZ)
NO EVIDENCE NEEDED
|John P Thompson||Craig Williams||10||56|
|Tony Vasil||Blake Shinn||6||56|
|John McArdle||Brad Rawiller||4||56|
ONCE WERE WILD
|Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||3||56|
|Tim Martin||Tye Angland||5||56|
LITTLE SURFER GIRL
|Chris Waller||Tim Clark||13||56|
|David Payne||Damien Oliver||7||56|
|Gary Portelli||Darren Beadman||1||56|
|Peter G Moody||Brett Prebble||16||56|