|Some of Australia's best
fillies and mares will go head to head in what is shaping as the best ever Swettenham Stud
Stakes on history in Adelaide on Saturday.
of the boom of the day will focus on the second ever running of the Magic Millions
Adelaide 2YO Classic, the Swettenham itself is shaping as a major highlight.
Adelaide racing authorities are pleased with the field they
have been able to assemble. The plan of Thoroughbred Racing South Australia (TRSA) is to
attempt to have the race upgraded to Group One level.
"This year we've boosted the prizemoney of the race up
by $50,000 as we attempt to press for it to become a Group One event," TRSA's Racing
Manager Ian Hart said.
"We've received a lot more interest from around the
country this year and even some from New Zealand," he added.
Hart and his team are pleased to see that two of Perth's
current female stars - Lady Belvedere and Lady Wild - are set to race at Cheltenham Park.
As well Victoria is represented through the Group winner
Miss Power Bird, rising talent Suzy Grey and Group One winner True Jewels.
Rounding out the field are a host of star locals. Last
start Melbourne winners Shaye Spice and Hello Boys will go head to head with Group winners
Raja Lane and Regal Kiss.
The field unfortunately lost one of its Group winning stars
in the form of Shelbourne Lass. Trained Nigel Blackiston was certain to travel the mare to
Adelaide for Saturday's race however an illness problem will see her remain in the
Last year's winner Umaline is back again. In what is
looming as her final preparation her breeder and part owner Maurie Howard will be
desperate for her to add further black type to her already illustrious record.
A member of the John Hall stable, Umaline was a long shot
in last year's event but she produced a powerful finish to down Fayrouz and Crixia in a
thrilling finish. Interesting to note that subsequent Sunline conqueror Piavonic was in
the beaten brigade in last year's Group Two event.
Adding a great deal of intrigue to the race are the two
Perthernian Ladies - Belvedere and Wild.
Lady Belvedere, a member of the Lindsey Smith stable at
Jandakot, is racing in great form in the west. Last start the Bob Peters owned Royal
Academy mare scored a neck win over Clementi in the listed Australia Day Stakes. That win
was her second from her past three starts - all of which have been at stakes level. On the
only occasion she was beaten was when she was tipped out in a photo finish by Tribula in
the Scahill Stakes (G3) at Ascot.
Trained by Val Brockman Lady Wild was one of the finds of
the season in Perth during the middle of last year. In the space of about four months she
won nine of ten starts all in the metropolitan area. Her last success in the Beaufine
Stakes was at listed level on July 14. A daughter of Wild Harmony, Lady Wild has won five
races over 1200 metres and was a last start third placegetter (beaten three quarters of a
length) over the same trip.
True Jewels, a member of the powerful Michael Moroney
stable, is a big time performer. A winner of the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes over
another Swettenham rival La Lagune, she is owned by a group of nine women. Her effort two
starts back when fourth in the G1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield behind Magical Miss, Ha Ha
and Li Lo Lill was full or merit.
The Sangster family, who own Swettenham Stud, will be
desperate for their filly La Lagune to get the chocolates. A regally bred daughter of
Danehill, she is now owned in partnership between Robert Sangster's Swettenham Stud
Syndicate and Mark Pilkington's Lindsay Park Racing Syndicate. A stakes winner of the
Quezette Stakes she hasn't raced since finishing out of a place behind the in form Barkada
on November 17 at Sandown in Melbourne.
$272,000 SWETTENHAM STUD STAKES
Group Two - 1250 metres - Fillies and Mares - Weight-for-Age
Cheltenham Park - Adelaide - 3.50pm (SA time)
||Lady Belvedere (10)
||Miss Power Bird (9)
||Shaye Spice (12)
||Suzy Grey (11)
||Lady Wild (1)
||Ms Alana Sansom (a)
||Empress Waltz (14)
||Hamster Jazz (7)
||True Jewels (5)
||La Lagune (8)
||Regal Kiss (3)
||Raja Lane (6)
||Cosmic Strike (4)
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