Arguably the best sprinting mare in the country at present, Viddora would have lost few admirers from her first-up 2nd in the Irwin Stakes. Jumping from gate 3 she was squeezed between runners not far after the jump which saw her then be checked and re-balance. With Joe Bowditch settling the mare near the tail of the field she was attacking the line strongly in the concluding stages to get within a half-length of victory in a blanket finish with Dainty Tess and Secret Agenda. After the narrowest of 2nds to She Will Reign in the G1 Moir Stakes she was doing her best work late when two lengths from Hey Doc in the Manikato. The elite level breakthrough came at next start when taking out the Winterbottom in Ascot and following that with a Magic Millions Sprint demolition under 59kg. Jumping from the inside gate will see Bowditch be probing for gaps in the straight. Can she go one better than her 2nd to Secret Agenda in this race last year and score an overdue win for the locals?
A Group 1 winning filly in the Spring against the older mares, Shoals will look to secure the 3rd G1 of her career to add to her last start victory in the Surround Stakes during the Sydney Autumn Carnival. In that event Josh Parr was up and had the filly settled on the speed from gate 4 and she kicked clear to land a half-length victory over Torvill. The form out of that race has been strong with Torvill winning last weekend at Doomben, Alizee winning the G1 Queen Of The Turf, Moss Trip winning the G3 James Carr and Unforgotten claiming the G2 Phar Lap and the ATC Oaks. Since that Surround victory Anthony Freedman has kept the Fastnet Rock filly fresh and was given a trial at Cranbourne on April 23 to sharpen. The classy filly has missed a placing just once in her career, when resuming in the Autumn in the G3 Kevin Hayes and then proving that was a forgive effort when wining the Surround at her next start. From four starts at the trip she is a three time winner
The Mick Price trained Secret Agenda will be looking to become the first winner of this race in successive years after she was a decisive 1.8 length winner of the 2017 edition. Since that victory Price has raced the mare sparingly, only facing the starter on four occasions. Given her chance to move her name alongside Black Caviar as a winner of the UBET Classic (Sangster) and The Goodwood in the same year, she finished 1.7 lengths from Vega Magic in The Goodwood. Sent for a break following the Adelaide campaign she returned at the Flemington 1000m when claiming the Listed Hoysted, carrying 60kg. Starting favourite in the G1 William Reid she faded after sitting on the speed and was again sent for a break following the two runs. Resuming this preparation in the G3 Irwin Stakes, Dom Tourneur rode from gate 1 and she was strong to the line of the 1100m in a blanket finish. A four-time winner at 1200m, she jumped from gate 16 to win the 2017 edition.
Perth trained Dainty Tess had her first look at the Morphettville track when taking on the G3 Irwin Stakes last start. Settling near the rear of the pack, she was charging late to arrive for a classy win, defeating Viddora and Secret Agenda. The Daniel Morton trained mare thrives on racing and has faced the starter on 33 occasions despite being just a 4YO. The War Chant mare was strong through the Perth Summer Carnival that netted a win in the G3 Prince Of Wales followed by a 0.75 length 5th in the G3 Colonel Reeves and then a 7th to Viddora in the Winterbottom at her first ever Group 1 appearance. Sent for a break after successive placed runs in the 1100m Miss Andretti and then the Scenic Blast, both at Listed level, she has been able to go 2 for 2 this prep. Resuming at 1200m at Ascot she landed a half-length victory before making her maiden interstate trip that netted the Irwin Victory. Jamie Kah keeps the ride after the Irwin after overcoming the widest gate to score.
Officially registered as the Robert Sangster Stakes, the UBET Classic is restricted to fillies and mares and run over 1200m at Adelaide’s Morphettville course. Held at Group 1 level the conditions are standard weight-for-age making it the only G1 race on the Australian calendar restricted to fillies & mares over 1200m carrying those conditions.
4 year old and older mares will carry 56.5kg with 3 year old fillies to carry 55kg. The 2018 edition offers total prizemoney of $1,000,000 with the winner to receive $640,000.
Attaining Group Status in 1986 when held at G3 level, it was held at G2 level for 1 year in 2004 and since 2005 has carried G1 status. In 2017 the race was taken out by the Mick Price trained Secret Agenda, ridden by Damien Oliver. Other winners include Black Caviar, Alinghi, Dantelah and Umaline who is the race record holder when winning in 2001.
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|Date||Sat 05 May 2018|
|Race Time||16:36 AEST|
|2018 UBET Classic Odds|
|2015||Miracles Of Life|