THE injection of some serious prize-money into SA’s Group 1 Sangster Stakes has done its job – tomorrow’s $1 million renewal of the race is the strongest ever run.
It has attracted the absolute very best sprinting mares and fillies from across the nation looking for a piece of the $1,000,000 prize pool on offer – not to mention the status of being a Group 1 winner.
Headed by Gai Waterhouse’s brilliant mare ENGLISH ($5.00 with CrownBet) and David Hayes’ flying SHEIDEL ($5.50), it could be argued this is the best field of sprinting mares assembled in this country.
Punters are facing a huge field of 20 runners with amazing depth indicated by the CrownBet market, which has some very serious mares marked at huge odds – simply because of that depth.
Many punters will steer away from the favourite runners because of the genuine value in the market for many with a chance at odds, but the real superstar quality is at the top of the weights.
Two starts back ENGLISH was beaten by a head by the world’s best sprinter in Chautauqua in the Group 1 $2.5 million T. J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick during The Championships.
That is the richest sprinting race run in Australia and she was run down right on the line by a freak!
ENGLISH was then beaten less than three lengths in the Group 1 $1 million All Aged Stakes (1400m) when she started favourite.
Then there is the flying SHEIDEL, who has had a great season. Her last five starts are all in Group 1 races and they include a second in the Winterbottom in Perth, an all-the-way win in the Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield and a fourth in the $1.5 million Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.
It doesn’t get much better than that!
Mick Price’s SECRET AGENDA ($13) is a last start winner of the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Randwick during The Championships.
She was then 3-lengths away from the winner in the Newmarket.
Local mare VIDDORA ($13) is a last start winner of the Group 3 Irwin Stakes, while brilliant Sydney-trained mare EGYPTIAN SYMBOL ($15) is coming into this race off a second in the Group 2 Breeders Classic.
An intriguing runner is the imported Irish mare NOW OR LATER ($15) who is making her Australian debut for the astute Robert Smerdon stable.
Now Or Later has raced just 10 times for two wins and four placings, and the last time she raced was in the Group 1 $550,000 First Lady Stakes (1600m) at Keenland in the US last October, finishing eighth.
Then there is a horse like LAKE COMO, who has won two of her last three starts down the straight at Flemington, yet is marked at $51.
For mine the best chances would appear to be Sheidel, I Am A Star, English and Super Cash, but clearly there are many, many more who could win the race without really causing an upset.
It’s a tough assignment for punters to sort out, but you have the option of taking ‘handy’ odds the leading contenders or going with a longshot and securing some ‘juicy’ odds.
Whatever you decide to do, good luck!
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