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04/01/02 Quality Field Nominated for Silk Stocking
r9gwaterhouse.jpg (10457 bytes)A selection of the best Eastern state mares Australia has to offer will clash on the Gold Coast on Wednesday as the Magic Millions Carnival warms up in Queensland.

A quality group of nominations has been received for the $100,850 Silk Stocking Handicap for fillies and mares over 1400 metres.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse will be hoping her expected domination on the Gold Coast doesn't just extend to the Saturday meeting as the leading lady trainer has entered both Heritiere and Sylish Lass for the listed race.

Waterhouse won't be getting in her own way in the Wednesday feature with tough opposition expected from a quality field which includes Cabrecel, Ena's Treasure, Gilded Wings, Hello Pamela, Jetonova, Quest for Success and Roaring Forties.

A lightly raced Anabaa filly Heritiere is a rising talent in the Waterhouse camp. The three-year-old filly is the "veteran" of three starts - for two wins and a third on debut. She scored an impressive first up win over Ancient Song and stablemate Stylish Lass on December 22 at Warwick Farm.

Ena's Treasure, a member of the Ron Maund stable, was disappointing in stakes class last start under the lights at Toowoomba, but is a quality performer when right. Her effort three starts ago behind subsequent stakes winner Suzy Grey at Sandown was a good pointer for this race.

The four-year-old mare Quest for Success is racing in great form for Rod Craig. The last start Sydney winner has ran a place at her past six runs.

Gilded Wings is racing well for in form local trainer Gerald Ryan. Last start the Flying Spur mare was beaten by stablemate West Wing in the listed Just Now Quality at Eagle Farm over 1300 metres. She looks ideally suited over the 1400 metres in the Stocking.

Recent Canterbury winner Roaring Forties gives Gosford based trainer Gordon Yorke a genuine chance of winning the race. Last start the Hurricane Sky filly finished a close fourth to Gay Adventure in the $60,000 Toowoomba Bracelet.

Another three-year-old filly racing in great heart is the former speedster Jetball's daughter Jetonova. The Oliver Koolman trained chestnut filly was an impressive last stride winner at Randwick on New Year's Day.

The Silk Stocking Handicap will be one of eight strong races to be run on the Gold Coast track on Wednesday January 9, three days before the nation's best two and three-year-olds clash for million dollar prizes in the two Magic Millions events.

PIC - Quentin Lang

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