The 2012 Sweet Embrace Stakes have been won in connvincing fashion by Chris Waller trained Jade Marauder in testing wet conditions at Royal Randwick Racecourse today.
The Fastnet Rock filly threw herself in to Golden Slipper contention after finishing more than impressively ahead of Valerio and Kyria.
As they started down the straight she made her move from the middle of the pack and Hugh Bowman’s skill allowed her to deviate just one horse length before exploding down the final straight.
Trainer Waller was full of praise for the Golden Slipper hopeful whose only issue appears to be some misbehaviour at the start line.
“We’ll certainly have to sort her barrier manners out for three weeks time [for the Golden Slipper] but certainly she’s got the ability to be running,” he said.
“It certainly was a great win. I think she’s a pretty smart filly.”
Jade Marauder and Kuchinskaya started as equal favourites ($3.60) at bookmaker.com.au and the Gai Waterhouse trained Kuchinskaya came out of the gates at top speed.
The Red Dazzler filly led for most of the race but fell away at the business end and had to settle with a disappointing ninth-place finish.
Barring the issues at the start line, Waller said he is very optimistic about Jade Marauder’s future with April’s Golden Slipper the next challenge.
“Apart from the start, she’s a bomb proof race horse. She’s shown that in every on of her races,” he said.
He said the filly would be suited to the Golden Slipper where the best two-year-old horses in the country come out of the barriers at lightning speed.
Jade Marauder now has two wins from three career starts.
While the Sweet Embrace Stakes may be over for 2012, the Autumn racing season is just hotting up across the country and the best place to back a winner is with bookmaker.com.au!
2012 Sweet Embrace Stakes – Results
|1||2||JADE MARAUDER||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||–||3||55.5kg||$3.70|
|2||9||VALERIO||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||0.4L||9||55.5kg||$26|
|3||7||KYRIA||Grahame Begg||Brenton Avdulla||0.6L||5||55.5kg||$10|
|4||4||AGUEDA||Anthony Cummings||Blake Shinn||1.2L||8||55.5kg||$9.50|
|5||6||FLYING SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan||Craig Williams||1.9L||6||55.5kg||$4.60|
|6||11||VARANASI||John P Thompson||Jim Cassidy||2.4L||11||55.5kg||$61|
|7||1||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||Peter Robl||2.7L||1||55.5kg||$15|
|8||14||RED HOT CHILLIES||Grahame Begg||Dwayne Dunn||2.9L||10||55.5kg||$151|
|9||3||KUCHINSKAYA||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||4.3L||4||55.5kg||$3.60F|
|10||12||BETHLEHEM||Patrick & Wayne Webster||Christian Reith||9.1L||7||55.5kg||$41|
|11||8||REPORT||Clarry Conners||Danny Nikolic||13.7L||12||55.5kg||$151|
|12||15||ROLL THE BONES||John P Thompson||Corey Brown||16.8L||2||55.5kg||$26|