|3||SECRET AGENDA||1ST||$16.00 (win)|
|17||I AM A STAR||3RD||$2.30 (pl)|
The Magic Man has been booked to take the ride, with Moreira, arguably the world's greatest jockey, partnering with Sheidel to secure Group 1 glory in the Oakleigh Plate over 1100m at Caulfield. In that race when carrying 53kg under the handicap conditions, Moreira had the mare rolling in front and was able to hold the advantage all the way to score a well-deserved Group 1 victory. Second-up in the Newmarket down the straight six she was in behind the pace and was flat-out at the 200m but kept finding to hold 4th, beaten 2.25 lengths. Her latest start was in the G1 William Reid where she again set the tempo but couldn’t see it out. The mare was 2nd in this race last year, and at her past 2 starts when taking on fillies and mares only she has been victorious in the G3 Northwood Plume and the G3 Begonia Belle.
The Shane Nichols trained filly is G1 winner this season in what has been a break-out year for the I Am Invincible 3YO. Her 3YO season has returned the figures of 11:4-2-1 with every start in Group company, four of which have been at the elite level. Her most recent start was in the Doncaster Mile where she jumped from the inside gate and settled on the pace as Its Somewhat was setting the speed. I Am A Star looked to loom up at the 300m but her run ended soon after on the heavy 8 with both her runs on heavy ground coming at both her Randwick starts. As a 2YO the filly secured a win here at Morphettville at her only SA appearance, that win coming over the 1200m journey. Prior to the Doncaster she secured successive G2 victories in the Kewney and then the Sunline, both when the running favourite.
This will be the second time the mare has raced a bend the left-handed direction, the other time coming in the G1 Manikato at Moonee Valley last October when finishing two lengths in arrears of Rebel Dane. This preparation the mare returned with victory in the G2 Challenge Stakes on a heavy 10 at Randwick. Taking on The Galaxy at her next start she was seven lengths from the winner, following a pattern of her second-up runs being the worst in her prep’s. Up to the 1200m of the TJ Smith it was only the finishing power of Chautauqua that she could not repel as she finished a neck in arrears of the grey champion. Well supported to start favourite in the All Aged Stakes at 1400m her run ended about 100m from the post. The highest rated in the field, Ben Melham rides the mare for the first time.
Local trainer Lloyd Kennewell will be trying to secure a home victory for SA with 4YO mare Viddora. The mare is a four-time winner at Morphettville, however is yet to win over 1200m, her latest 1100m victory in the R N Irwin in a race that has proven to be a traditional guide to this race. Last campaign she was given a two-start Queensland prep when running Hidden Pearl to a length in the Listed Falvelon Handicap carrying 54kg and was then within a half-length to Target In Sight in the Magic Millions Sprint over 1200m. Resuming this prep in the Listed Manihi at 1100m on the Parks track, she was again 2nd, getting within a head of the winner. Second-up into the Irwin, her closing 600m sectional was brilliant when coming from just off the speed to take a one length victory. Joe Bowditch returns to the saddle to take the reins on the 4YO.
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 2017 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 2016 the race was taken out by the Henry Dwyer trained Precious Gem, ridden by Jake Noonan. 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 6th May 2017|
|Race Time:||15:34 AEST|
|Race Type:||Weight For Age|
|2016 Winner:||Precious Gem|
|2017 UBET Classic Odds|