Just three fillies help make up the 19-horse field for the Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill. In the all-female race it is not surprising that Global Glamour, La Bella Diosa and Omei Sword are strong contenders. The Chris Waller-trained Omei Sword commands favouritism for the Group 1. Dixie Blossoms ($6.00) is the only mare under double figures. Past winners include Emancipation (1984), Sunline (2000) and Typhoon Tracy (2009).
Jockey: Blake Shinn.
Why she can: Top class mare resuming from a spell. Won the Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last prep’ and has had three barrier trials to prepare for her first-up run.
Why she can’t: Big ask first-up and may need the run.
Jockey: Tim Clark.
Why she can: She is making a nice progression through the grades. Finished fourth in the group Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington before a spell. Two runs this time in have been solid and latest she led all the way to bolt in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m).
Why she can’t: Wide gate is a minor concern.
IN HER TIME
Jockey: Joshua Parr.
Why she can: Another mare in great form. Won last two starts at Group 2 level. Latest had 2.3 lengths to spare in the Millie Fox Stakes (1300m), this track.
Why she can’t: Steps out to 1500m for the first time against a class field.
Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy.
Why she can: Dual Group 1 winning filly. She is very tough and likely to lead this field and prove hard to run down. Made the running last start and fought on well in heavy going for third in the group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m). Better on top of the ground.
Why she can’t: She jumps from a very wide gate (16) and may have to work to get to the lead.
Jockey: Tye Angland.
Why she can: Fitter for one run from a spell when ninth to In Her Time in the Millie Fox Stakes (1300m). Ran a nice race in the Epsom (1600m) before a spell.
Why she can’t: Inconsistent and has to make too much improvement on her last run.
Jockey: Ms Kathy O’Hara.
Why she can: Won the Group 1 Vinery Stakes in March last year and then spelled after she fell in the Oaks. Ran a fair race in the Millie Fox Stakes and will be better for that outing.
Why she can’t: She will be better suited when her races get longer.
LA BELLA DIOSA
Jockey: Jay Ford.
Why she can: Kiwi filly which relished the heavy going to win the Surround Stakes (1400m). She will be fitter for the run and won the Group 1 NZ 1000 Guineas (1600m) before a spell.
Why she can’t: Can’t fault winning form, but this is her toughest test.
Jockey: Glyn Schofield.
Why she can: Two trials and two runs should have primed for this. She did not handle the heavy going last start when she failed to beat a runner home in the Guy Walter Stakes.
Why she can’t: Even if it is dry she hasn’t been going well enough in recent campaigns.
Jockey: Sam Clipperton.
Why she can: Group 3 winner at 1800m. Showed speed and fought on well to win group 3 mannerism Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last start. In the money 13 of 14 starts and was second at Group 1 level in the SA Oaks behind Abbey Marie.
Why she can’t: Having first run the clockwise way of going and will have to jump from second from the outside barrier.
Jockey: Chad Lever
Why she can: Trained by Chris Waller, better from two runs from a spell.
Why she can’t: Out of her depth.
Jockey: Robert Thompson
Why she can: Made up good ground last start without threatening for second in the Millie Fox Stakes (1300m). Winner at 1600m and nicely weighted.
Why she can’t: Well beaten at her only Group 1 start and she is only lightly raced and may need more time.
Jockey: Daniel Moor
Why she can: Drops from 58kgs to 53kg here after last start second to Silent Sedition in the Mannerism Stakes.
Why she can’t: Last win was at Group 3 level in March and doubt she is up to this level.
Jockey: Christian Reith.
Why she can: This six-year-old is the oldest runner in the race. She showed her first glimpse of form since this time last year when ploughed through the heavy going with a solid first-up second to Dixie Blossoms in the Guy Walter.
Why she can’t: The old bay mare just ain’t what she used to be.
Odds ($3.70 favourite)
Jockey: Brenton Avdulla.
Why she can: Quality filly ready to finally crack her Group 1 duck, although she has only had six career starts. Got through the heavy going fairly when she did her best work late when second in the Surround Stakes, behind La Bella Diosa. Drops to 52.5 kilograms and meets many of her last start rivals much better at the weights.
Why she can’t: She has outside barrier to contend with.
Jockey: Beau Mertens (a).
Why she can: Won the SA Oaks (2400m) before a spell. Has had two runs from a break in Melbourne and should strip fitter now. Latest came from second last for fourth in the Mannerism Stakes.
Why she can’t: Extra distance will suit, but she may be looking for even further.
Jockey: Peter Wells.
Why she can: Finished third in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) before a spell. Turned in an even effort last time when fourth to In her Timer in the Millie Fox Stakes. She was handy throughout and should be able to take up a nice position here.
Why she can’t: She is zero from six runs this track and hasn’t won since January last year.
Jockey: Andrew Adkins (a).
Why she can: Gun apprentice Andrew Adkins rides again. She was a first-up fourth in the Millie Fox and has since trialled strongly.
Why she can’t: Not up to this class and yet to win beyond 1400m.
SOLD FOR SONG
Jockey: Luke Tarrant.
Why she can: Toowoomba filly that worked home fairly in the Millie Fox last start. She was well back early and made ground for fifth, the extra distance should suit.
Why she can’t: Just lacks the class of many of her rivals.
Jockey: Johan Victoire.
Why she can: Champion trainer Chris Waller prepares this five-year-old mare and that is her only strong point.
Why she can’t: Better suited in a much easier race.
La Bella Diosa
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