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 over 1200m carrying those conditions.
4 year old and older mares will carry 56.5kg with 3 year old fillies to carry 55kg. The 2016 edition offers total prizemoney of $400,000 with the winner to receive $256,000.
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 2015 the race was taken out by Miracles Of Life, ridden by Hugh Bowman and trained by Peter & Paul Snowden at her last race start prior to being retired to stud. Other winners include Black Caviar, Alinghi, Dantelah and Umaline who is the race record holder when winning in 2001.
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|Date:||Saturday 7th May 2016|
|Race Time:||16:30 AEST|
|Race Type:||Weight For Age|
|2016 Winner:||Precious Gem|
|2016 UBET Classic Odds|
|4||PRECIOUS GEM||1ST||$20.20 (win)|
|12||I LOVE IT||3RD||$7.00 (pl)|
|13||MISS SETON SANDS||-||-|
|20||TEMPT ME NOT||-||-|
Only just scraping into the field on the ballot order, the Ciaron Maher trained filly opened favourite when the market went live. Last start she stepped up to 1200m for the first time in her career in the G2 Arrowfield at Randwick. Finishing last in that event at her first attempt racing clockwise, Damien Oliver reported that the filly was never on the right leg in the run and did not handle the direction. She is a talented type who has won 5 of her 7 career starts, her only misses being the last start and at her 4th career start where she was thrown in against the ‘big-boys’, finishing just under 4 lengths from Buffering in the G1 Moir Stakes.
A winner of the G1 The Galaxy over 1100m at Rosehill 2 starts back, the 5YO mare appreciated getting into the race carrying just 51kg. Her most recent start was at Randwick in the G2 Sapphire Stakes where she carried 58kg under the set weights plus penalties conditions when finishing 6th, beaten just on 3 lengths. That day she did the best of the weighted runners and gave away 4kg to the winner. It was a tidy effort considering the weight and back to weight-for-age scale here is a bonus, as is the good barrier. Griante is a 3 time winner at 1200m and Craig Williams retains the ride after riding her for the first time in The Galaxy and again in the Sapphire.
Opening on the 5th line of betting, the Darren Weir trained mare is a last start Caulfield winner over 1400m when taking out the VOBIS Gold Distaff lumping 59kg to a half-length victory. She drops back to 56.5kg under the conditions here, the same weight she carried 2 starts back when finishing just under 3 lengths from Flamberge in the G1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley over 1200m. She will be 4th up this preparation and throughout her career has taken a few runs to get into her campaign, having previously won 5 starts into a prep on 2 occasions. In the spring she won on Melbourne Cup day winning the G3 Maybe Mahal, defeating Wawail by 2.5 lengths and she is a 4 time winner over 1200m.
Formerly trained in Western Australia, the 4YO is now prepared by the strong Hayes/Dabernig partnership. The mare was able to put together a hat-trick of victories across the Perth Carnival late last year with wins in the Listed Jungle Mist Classic over 1200m where she ran her closing 600m in a fast 33.56. Next up she took the Listed R S Crawford Stakes over 1000m and closed out her carnival with a win in the Listed Summer Scorcher over 1000m when carrying 57.5kg. Breaking through for her first win in the east when 3rd up in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes at Caulfield over 1100m, she boasts the excellent career figures of 18: 12-2-1, is 3 from 3 at 1200m and is an on pace runner that draws ideally in gate 1.