Restricted to Fillies and Mares the Coolmore Classic is held over 1500m at Rosehill.
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 race is held under Quality Handicap conditions with a minimum weight of 50kg.
In 2016 the race will have total stakes of $600,000 with the winner to receive $360,000 of the total purse.
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 and Emancipation
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|Coolmore Classic Betting Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 12th March 2016|
|Race Time:||15:10 AEST|
|Race Type:||Fillies & Mares 3YO &Up|
|2016 Coolmore Classic Odds|
SOLICIT should lead from barrier six while GHISONI should roll forward and be put into the race with her featherweight. VERGARA and PEARLS may take a sit from their inside draws while AMICUS and PEEPING will need a little bit of fortune to find cover forward of midfield. The race has its fair share of swoopers that can reel off a slick late sectional and they include LUCIA VALENTINA, POLITENESS, AZKADELLIA, TELEPATHIC, ZANBAGH and SLIGHTLY SWEET.
This year’s Coolmore Classic is all about three-year-old filly GHISONI. She’s unbeaten from three starts and resumed with an all-the-way win in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Randwick a fortnight ago. In the Surround, Ghisoni enjoyed an easy time up on the pace and quickened sufficiently to hold of the challenges of Single Gaze (who raced outside the lead) and Stay With Me (who made ground from a rearward position and then backed up a week later and ran fourth in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas).
Typhoon Tracy won the 2009 Coolmore as an unbeaten filly. She started a $4.80 favourite and had won an extra race, beating mares prior to her maiden Group 1 triumph. John O’Shea has prepared nine Coolmore Classic runners since 2007, including dual race favourite Steps in Time in 2012 and 2013, for no top-three finishes. Ghisoni is likely to start shorter than $4.80 favourite on Saturday and I’m not entirely sold on her credentials and therefore looking for something to beat her.
TELEPATHIC looks the value runner of the race. She got back to last and hit the line strongly for second behind First Seal in the Group 3 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill. Whilst she’s been tried over longer trips, she does possess enough sharpness to be competitive at this distance range. With a light weight and the promise of a soft midfield run near the fence, all she requires is a bit of luck.
AZKADELLIA ran two excellent races last spring without winning in Group company and her last start Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) win was long overdue. She’s very well-weighted with just 53kg. It’s hard to envisage her not fighting out the finish and she’s the safest option.
LUCIA VALENTINA is the class runner of the field that resumes from a spell and is more than capable first up. Her recent trials have been positive. Look for her running on.
SOLICIT won in track record time over 1400 metres at Randwick last start and only found Winx better the start before. The only knock is whether she can run out a strong 1500 metres – granted she bolted in over 1500 metres at Sandown Hillside last November but this is a tougher assignment.
A veteran of just 3 career starts, Ghisoni faces her biggest task yet in her unbeaten career. With plenty of hype prior to beginning her career, she has lived up to that hype taking each step with the makings of a seasoned professional, despite her age. Last start in the G2 Surround Stakes she was in her own race, never being threatened. Taking them all the way she had an easy time through the middle stages and was only asked for more effort in the final furlong for a soft 1¼ length win. She handled the rise last time and looks a special filly.
Ciaron Maher certainly has a way with the females and looks to have another stylish mare in his yard. From 11 career starts her record stands at 11: 5-4-1 with the only time she missed a cheque being at her 1st look at the ‘big-time’ at just her 4th career start in the G3 Carbine Club Stakes behind Kermadec. Building momentum towards the end of her Spring campaign she finished 2nd in the G3 Tesio Stakes and ended the campaign with a smart 3rd behind Politeness in the G1 Myer Classic. Kicking off in the Autumn maintaining the momentum from the Spring, her 1st up 2nd beaten a half-length in the G3 Bellmaine was a tidy effort and she then scored a good win at Caulfield in the G3 Mannerism when there was good support from punters. This will be her 1st start the right handed way since her debut... read more Ciaron Maher certainly has a way with the females and looks to have another stylish mare in his yard. From 11 career starts her record stands at 11: 5-4-1 with the only time she missed a cheque being at her 1st look at the ‘big-time’ at just her 4th career start in the G3 Carbine Club Stakes behind Kermadec. Building momentum towards the end of her Spring campaign she finished 2nd in the G3 Tesio Stakes and ended the campaign with a smart 3rd behind Politeness in the G1 Myer Classic. Kicking off in the Autumn maintaining the momentum from the Spring, her 1st up 2nd beaten a half-length in the G3 Bellmaine was a tidy effort and she then scored a good win at Caulfield in the G3 Mannerism when there was good support from punters. This will be her 1st start the right handed way since her debut win in New Zealand in July 2014. read less
Kerrin McEvoy continues his successful association with Solicit that has seen the pair record 2 wins and a second from the 3 starts they have partnered. On board for her last run of the Spring when taking out the G3 Summoned Stakes, he missed her 2nd in the G2 Expressway behind Our Boy Malachi when 1st up this campaign and was back on board for the 1 length 2nd to the mighty Winx in the G2 Apollo Stakes. Their next start together was a win in the G2 Guy Walter and from her 3 visits to Rosehill she has recorded a win and two 2nds.
A 3 time winner from 4 attempts at Rosehill, Peeping has placed at her 2 runs this preparation. 1st up in the G3 Triscay Stakes she was a market drifter and finished 3rd, under a length from the winner. 2nd up she tackled the G2 Guy Walter and again eased in the market when running a nice 3rd to Solicit. She meets Solicit 2.5 kg better than their last encounter when off equal weights and at her last 2 preparations has been a winner 3rd up, the latest time taking the G2 Gold Pendant over 1400m here at Rosehill.
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|