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Sapphire Stakes �V Form Comments

06/04/2017

Sapphire Stakes – Form Comments

G2 – 1200m – Turf

1

Tycoon Tara

Not raced since October when head 2nd to First Seal in G2 TristarcStakes at 1400m. Had  won three of previous four starts in that campaign including first-up win this course and distance. Handles all conditions.

2

Artistry

Strong finisher who impressed at first run this year when half length winner from Dothraki in G3 McCarten Stakes (1100m - soft) at Rosehill on 11 March. Ran second to Global Glamour in 30 March barrier trial. Proven good to soft ground.

3

Secret Agenda

Sound effort at first run this year when 2.1 lengths 5th to Bassett in Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m - good) at Mornington on 25 March. At best on tracks with give.

4

Ocean Embers

Usually settles long way back but can produce a big finish. Did so when 3.9 lengths 8th to Sheidel in the G1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m - good) at Caulfield on 25 February. This is more suitable race. Proven good to soft ground; unknown on heavy.

5

Thames Court

Comes back in distance after 4.3 lengths 8th to Heavens Above in G1 Coolmore Classic (1500m - soft) at Rosehill on 11 March. Best form overall at this distance and best suited if track not too soft.

6

Zestful

Won G3 Triscay Stakes at this distance on good ground on 13 February. Then placed at 1200m on heavy track before 5.6 lengths 5th to Raiment in G3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m - heavy) at Rosehillon 18 March when ridden too close. Better ridden  off the speed. Handles the wet but all wins on dry tracks.

7

Savoureux

Freshened since finishing 12.2 lengths last of nine behind Rocket Commander in G3 Wenona Girl Quality (1200m - heavy) at Randwickon 4  March. Rider said failed to handle conditions. Can improve on better than heavy ground.

8

Serene Majesty

Won three races on dry tracks, not won in five starts on slow and heavy ground. Can improve on latest effort when 3.3 lengths 7th to Be Like Dad in Rosehill 1400m BM 88 Handicap (heavy) on 25 March.

9

Tempt Me Not

Struggled in heavy ground at first run this year when 8.7 lengths 7th to Raiment in G3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on 18 March. Since won barrier trial. Prefer on better than heavy ground.

10

Denmagic

Back in trip suits after 6.8 lengths 14th to Heavens Above in G1 Coolmore Classic (1500m - soft) at Rosehill on 11 March. Won barrier trial on 30 March. Suited if ground not too soft.

11

Ravi

Not raced since December when won Listed race at 1300m on soft ground at Eagle Farm. Won barrier trial on 22 March. Races well fresh and capable all conditions.

12

Hieroglyphics

Ran well when nose 2nd to Rocket Commander in G3 at 1200m on heavy ground on 4 March. Then failed badly, on quick back up, when 10.5 lengths last of 8 behind Raiment in G3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m - heavy) at Rosehill on 18 March. Since won barrier trial. Races better with runs spaced.

13

Missrock

Sound Flemington 1100m winner on good ground before 8.6 lengths 9th to Russian Revolution in G1 The Galaxy (1100m - heavy) at Rosehill on 18 March. This is more suitable race and would appreciate better than heavy ground.

14

Unequivocal

Not raced since December when 3.3 lengths 2nd to Ravi in 1300m Listed race at Eagle Farm on soft ground. Ran 4th to Spright in 28 March barrier trial. Best form on good tracks.

15

PaintedFiretail

Not raced since December when close fourth in Rosehill 1200m Fillies and Mares Handicap on good ground. Had two recent barrier trials. Likes some give in the ground and is yet to run a bad race when fresh.

16

Leami Aastray

Competitive on best form which is mainly on good rated tracks. Kept fresh since 3.5 lengths 5th to Fifteen Sunflowers in Randwick 1000m Handicap on 15 February.

 

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