After winning a 3YO maiden at Canterbury over 1550m in November of 2016, Egg Tart was sent for a Summer break. Following that win the Sebring mare then went on a streak winning six races in succession in total, with the final two of the stretch realising wins in the SA Oaks and then her season-ending Queensland Oaks. Returning Finishing 2nd to a flying Deploy on return who ran a record in the 1300m G2 Theo Marks, she was far from her best at her next 2 runs of the Spring in the Toorak and Cantala, both G1 handicaps at the mile. Sent for a break she resumed in the 1300m G3 Liverpool Cup with 57.5kg where she attacked the line strongly after struggling to find clear space the length of the straight it was only the final 75m where she was able to fully let-down The weight looks good and back to her own sex will suit.
The Tony McEvoy trained filly has just the one win to her name, however she has raced in strong company through her career in her 8 starts. During the Spring a narrow 2nd in the Morphettville Guineas was enough to book a ticket to Melbourne where she broke her maiden status with victory in the G3 Edward Manifold at the Flemington mile. A forgive run in the Wakeful she turned it around in the VRC Oaks when grabbing 2nd behind Pinot. Resuming this prep in The Vanity at 1400m there was plenty to like about how she found the line when a long neck behind Rimraam giving her 2.5kg. Given a shot at the Australian Guineas last start, Luke Currie rode and settled the filly much closer to the speed in running a game 3rd to Grunt. A daughter of High Chaparral, she will race the Sydney way of going for the first time and has just 51kg with light-weight hoop Dean Yendall up.
Ron Quinton has won this race twice in the past six years and will saddle Dixie Blossoms for her 2nd attempt at the race. Since her 2017 Coolmore, the mare has faced the starter on eight occasions for the record of 8: 2-1-3 with wins in the G3 Angst Stakes and the G2 Guy Walter Stakes and 3rds in the G1 Queen of The Turf and the G1 Myer Classic. Resuming this campaign in the Guy Walter at 1400m, Christian Reith had the mare settled near the rear of the field and she finished strongly to land victory by just under one length, carrying 56kg. Second-up for the Coolmore, the 5YO has the figures of 4: 2-1-0 when 2 runs in. Prior to her return, she was the winner of arguably the hottest form trial of the Autumn that has already produced 4 Group winners, 2 of those at G1 level.
The daughter of Sepoy started favourite for the Surround Stakes despite drawing gate 10 in the field of 11. Momentarily stuck wide Glyn Schofield went back to the rear to get closer to the rail before launching a run at the 400m. Blocked for a run, the gap opened and it looked like she would simply explode through. However she couldn’t sprint with them and the best she could manage was a 1.8 length 6th placing. Last prep after winning her maiden at the first start of her 3YO term, she found Formality too smart in successive runs. Out to 1400m saw the right trip and a win in the G2 Tea Rose Stakes was followed with a win when stepped up to the 1600m in the G1 Flight Stakes. Returning for the Autumn her first-up run was a narrow victory in the Light Fingers. Her only appearance at Rosehill was on this day last year when 2nd to Tulip in the Magic Night Stakes.
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 2018 is $600,000 with the winner to receive $344,000. The 2017 winner was the Tim Martin trained Heavens Above, ridden by Tye Angland. 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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|Date:||Sat 17 March 2018|
|Race Time:||16:10 AEDT|
|2017 Winner:||Heavens Above|
|2018 Coolmore Classic Odds|
|2014||Steps In Time|