Prior to the Coolmore, the two returning runs of Dixie Blossoms were both strong, with a 3rd first-up in the Triscay beaten a long neck behind Zestful and a win on a heavy 10 in the G2 Guy Walter, spacing her rivals with a dominant 6.5 length victory. Then it all went wrong last start when she was caught off the track in the Coolmore. Simply put a line through it. Daysee Doom opened favourite with UBET after solid runs in the Millie Fox when resuming and then she fought on gamely under the light weight in the Coolmore, beaten 1.2 lengths behind Heavens Above. The Matthew Dale trained mare Rocket Commander loves the slop and has a handy record at 1500m despite having never won at the trip. Extensible is 1 from 2 second-up, has good form at Rosehill and has placed on heavy ground.
Daysee Doom (gate 9) likes to get forward in her races and should be looking to go forward as does Rocket Commander who draws two positions closer to the rail in gate 7. Dixie Blossoms was ridden forward in the Guy Walter, but from a wide gate here will likely be ridden back, with the wide draw perhaps working to advantage later in the day on the heavy track. Euro Angel will be settling mid-field and is un-tested on heavy ground, yet has strong form (5:2-2-0) on soft going.
In 2016 Zanbagh was third-up when successful and her path was the Guy Walter --> Coolmore --> Emancipation. || Zanbagh is looking to join Skyerush and Catkins as dual winners of this race. || Dixie Blossoms meets Daysee Doom 3kg better than their last outing in the Coolmore. || Ron Quinton has 2 live chances, preparing the two favoured runners. Quinton rode Emancipation to many of her wins. ||
Run at Rosehill on BMW Day, the Emancipation Stakes is a race restricted to fillies and mares. Conducted under the conditions of set weights plus penalties, the base weight before penalties are applied is 53kg for 3YO fillies and 54kg for mares 4YO and older.
It is run over 1500m and the winner of the race receives ballot exemption for the 2017 Queen Of The Turf Stakes. The race is named in honour of the former champion grey mare of the early 1980’s Emancipation, a winner of 19 races and awarded Australian Horse of the Year in 1984.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 is $200,000 with the winner to receive $115,000. The 2016 winner was the John Thompson trained Zanbagh, ridden by Blake Shinn. Other past winners of the race that was first held in 1985 include Sacred Choice, Hot Danish, Heather, Staging and the dual winners Skyerush and Catkins.
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|2016||ZANBAGH||BLAKE SHINN||JOHN THOMPSON||01:28.4|
|2015||CATKINS||JAMES MCDONALD||CHRIS WALLER||01:29.2|
|2014||CATKINS||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01:31.9|
|2013||SKYERUSH||BLAKE SHINN||GUY WALTER||01:35.4|
|2012||SKYERUSH||BLAKE SHINN||GUY WALTER||01:35.3|
|2011||SWORN TO SECRECY||BRENTON AVDULLA||JOHN O’SHEA||01:39.4|
|2010||SACRED CHOICE||MICHAEL RODD||JOE PRIDE||01:35.1|
|2009||AMBERINO||DAMIEN OLIVER||JOHN MOLONEY||01:38.3|
|2008||KOSI BAY||DAMIEN OLIVER||BART CUMMINGS||01:37.4|
|2007||HOT DANISH||TIM CLARK||LEE BRIDGE||01:37.1|
|2006||FANTASIA||HUGH BOWMAN||GUY WALTER||01:34.5|