After a couple of ‘false starts’ to her campaign, the Chris Waller trained filly resumed in the G2 Surround Stakes over 1400m, run a heavy 9 at Randwick. Settling at the rear of the field she worked home strongly to get within 1.5 lengths of the winner La Bella Diosa. From 6 career starts the High Chaparral filly has missed a placing just once, when ridden closer to the speed in the G1 Sires Produce at 2 and well beaten behind Yankee Rose. From just two starts as an early season 3YO she was able to secure the G2 Silver Shadow Stakes when first up over 1200m and then was 2nd to Astern in the Golden Rose at 1400m. Omei Sword steps out beyond 1400m for the first time in her career and has been handed an awful barrier in gate 19, while in her favour she drops to just 52.5kg under the handicap conditions.
After taking out the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield in the Spring, Global Glamour was given a brief spell before being prepared to tackle the Magic Millions Guineas in early January. The Queensland launch to her campaign began in the Nudgee Handicap at Eagle Farm where she found the top-weight of 59.5kg too much in finishing 2.5 lengths from the winner Kinshachi. Second-up into the Magic Millions Guineas, she was second favourite and after looking to have the race within her reach, rank outsider Flying Jess was able to take the win by just on a half-length. Returning to Sydney with a solid front-running win in the G2 Light Finger from a wide barrier and then went into the Surround Stakes as the favourite and again looking to set the speed was run-down to finish 3rd to La Bella Diosa. The two time 1600m G1 winner will be having her first start at Rosehill.
Trainer Ron Quinton will look to secure successive wins as a trainer, following his success with Peeping in 2016. 4YO mare Dixie Blossoms will be third-up this campaign after runs at 1200m and then 1400m to start her preparation. Resuming in the G3 Triscay Stakes she started favourite and after settling near the rear was doing her best work on the line to get within a half-length of the winner Zestful. Second-up into the G2 Guy Walter she was put on the speed and controlled the race from the front, clearing out to score a dominating 6.5 length victory. That prep is the same path that Quinton set Peeping on in 2016 which resulted in victory and Tim Clark will ride the mare again after being in the saddle for two of her four wins and the heavy track should be no problem the way she waltzed through the slop in the Guy Walter.
Second-up this campaign, Single Gaze returns to the scene of her biggest triumph, a track where she has secured two of her three victories. The Nick Olive trained mare resumed in the G2 Millie Fox Stakes after an extended period on the sidelines as a result of falling in the ATC Oaks last season. Racing in top form the filly had finished in the top two at her four previous starts leading into the Oaks. Finishing 2nd to Mahuta in the Magic Millions Guineas, she was then 2nd to Ghisoni in the G2 Surround Stakes. Scoring a decisive win in the G3 Keith Nolan over Dixie Blossoms, her next start was at the elite level, securing her biggest payday when taking out the G1 Vinery Stud Stakes. The now 4YO mare settled mid-field in the Millie Fox when beaten four lengths behind In Her Time. Kathy O’Hara takes the ride and they will jump from gate 5.
Held at Rosehill Racecourse over 1500m, the Coolmore Classic is a race restricted to fillies and mares and is run under quality handicap conditions with a minimum weight of 50kg applied.
Along with the George Ryder Stakes also held at Rosehill, they are the only two Group 1 races on the Australian calendar held over the traditional 7 ½ furlongs distance. The Coolmore Classic is officially registered as the TAD Kennedy Stakes, named to honour former trainer and former Sydney Turf Club committee member.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 is $600,000 with the winner to receive $348,000. The 2016 winner was the Ron Quinton trained Peeping, ridden by Sam Clipperton. With the sex restriction and the good stakes available, the race has been won by some of the best fillies and mares to race, with some of the modern era winners including Typhoon Tracy, Sunline, Bounding Away and Emancipation
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|Coolmore Classic Betting Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 11th March 2017|
|Race Time:||15:15 AEST|
|Race Type:||Fillies & Mares 3YO &Up|
|2017 Coolmore Classic Odds|
Held annually in March on Coolmore Classic Day, the Coolmore Stud Classic is a Group 1 horse race for fillies and mares aged three-years-old and upwards. Registered as the TAD Kennedy Stakes, the race is run under set weight conditions, over the uncommon distance of 1500m at Sydney’s iconic Rosehill Racecourse.
With a purse of $600,000 up for the taking, the race frequently attracts the best fillies and mares available and is always a keenly contested affair. The race was upgraded to Group 2 in 1979, before being elevated to Group 1 status in 1986. Great horses that have claimed the race in the past include Typhoon Tracy (2009), Tuesday Joy (2007) Sunline (2000/02), Bounding Away (1987) and Emancipation (1984).
|2016||PEEPING||SAM CLIPPERTON||RON QUINTON||01:27.5|
|2015||PLUCKY BELLE||LINDA MEECH||PETER MOODY||01:29.3|
|2014||STEPS IN TIME||JIM CASSIDY||JOE PRIDE||01:28.7|
|2013||APPEARANCE||BLAKE SHINN||GUY WALTER||01:28.3|
|2012||OFCOURSEICAN||KATHY O’HARA||RON QUINTON||01:30.3|
|2011||ALOHA||GLEN BOSS||MICK PRICE||01:30.5|
|2010||ALVERTA||TYE ANGLAND||PAUL MASSARA||01:28.5|
|2009||TYPHOON TRACY||LUKE NOLAN||PETER MOODY||01:29.9|
|2008||ESKIMO QUEEN||MARK ZAHRA||MICHAEL MORONEY||01:33.5|
|2007||TUESDAY JOY||DARREN BEADMAN||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:30.7|
|2006||REGAL CHEER||MICHAEL RODD||JOE PRIDE||01:30.2|