2022 Vinery Stud Stakes Runner By Runner Preview, Odds & Tips

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Fri 25th March 2022


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*Saturday 26th March: The rest of the race meeting has been abandoned. At this stage it is unknown where the remainder of the races will be rescheduled.*

*Sunday 27th March: It has been announced that the remaining races from the Rosehill meeting will be moved to Newcastle and take place on Monday 28th March.*

*There is no 2000m start at Newcastle so the Vinery Stud Stakes is reduced slightly to 1850m.*

The Vinery Stud Stakes is a Group 1 race held over 2000m at Rosehill Racecourse for 3YO fillies. The $500k feature acts as the main lead up race to the G1 ATC Oaks. 

Since it was first run in 1979, a number of star fillies have saluted in the race. Verry Elleegant won the race in 2019, and completed the Vinery/ Oaks double in doing so. Last year’s race was taken out by the Chris Waller trained Hungry Heart. 

As we look at the market for this year’s race, Dabble has Surround Stakes winner Hinged favourite at $4.00, just ahead of unbeaten Qld mare Gypsy Goddess, at $4.20. Fangirl and Pretty Amazing are next at $6.00 and $7.50, and Never Been Kissed rounds out the runners in single figures at $9.00.

However, we know with horse racing that anything can happen and as seen by the market, this year’s race is very open. So, we have dissected each of the horses’ chances for you! Read on below to find our runner by runner preview of the 2022 Vinery Stud Stakes along with The Shark’s best tips. 

1. Yearning (15) – $13
Jockey – Tommy Berry 56kg
Trainer – Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes

Resumed with a good effort in the G2 Angus Armanasco Stakes at Caulfield, before a flat second up run in the G2 Kewney Stakes. Ran 4th in the G2 Wakeful this distance last Spring, and raced last time out like the step up will benefit. Barrier makes his task tricky, but is capable of finishing in the first four.

2. Hinged (4) – $4.00F
Jockey – Brenton Avdulla 56kg
Trainer – Chris Waller

Good win two starts ago in the G1 Surround Stakes, before another super effort last start, against older mares, in the G1 Coolmore. Untried past a mile, but is racing like the 2000m will be no issue. Likes the sting out, and has the right form to win this. 

3. Never Been Kissed (2) – $9.00
Jockey – Regan Bayliss 56kg
Trainer – Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Led and weakened first up in the G1 Surround, before an improved effort last start in the G2 Phar Lap Stakes. Ran 2nd in last year’s G1 Spring Champion Stakes over 2000m at Randwick, suggesting the step up in trip should be ideal. Will roll forward from the good gate and should be in it for a long way.

4. Fangirl (10) – $6.00
Jockey – Hugh Bowman 56kg
Trainer – Chris Waller

Was sent out a short price favourite last start in the G2 Phar Lap, and never got into the race. Her form prior was very good, and with the way she relaxes in the run, the 2000m shouldn’t pose any problems. Will snag back and look for some cover from the gate, and can run a much improved race here.

5. Mokulua (6) – $26
Jockey – Nash Rawiller 56kg
Trainer – Clarry Conners

Got to the line well without threatening in the Light Fingers and Angus Armanasco, before a much improved run last start at Flemington. Has 2000m written all over her, and from the good draw can figure in the finish.

6. Gypsy Goddess (11) – $4.20
Jockey – William Pike 56kg
Trainer – David Vandyke

Unbeaten Qld filly who has plenty of staying potential. Won in a hand canter first up at Doomben over the mile, and looks primed for this second up. Her two wins over 2000m and 2100m have been strong, and it’s hard to see her not measuring up here. I’ve thought for a long time she can win the ATC Oaks, and she’s a big chance of winning this along the way.

7. Pretty Amazing (13) – $7.50
Jockey – James McDonald 56kg
Trainer – Chris Waller

Progressive filly who just keeps improving. Has shown plenty of promise this prep, and was a convincing winner of the G3 Kembla Grange Classic last start. She handles all conditions and races like the 2000m will suit. Drawn wide, but if she can get some cover in the run, she will be strong at the tail end of the race.

8. Hope In Your Heart (9) – $26
Jockey – Kerrin McEvoy 56kg
Trainer – Kerry Parker

Chased home Pretty Amazing last start in the G3 Kembla Grange Classic. Prior to that she was strong to the line in the G1 Surround Stakes. Has proven she has the class to mix it with these fillies, and 2000m should pose no issue. One for exotics at big odds.

9. Gin Martini (5) – $61
Jockey – Robbie Dolan 56kg
Trainer – John Sargent

Another filly who finished well in the Kembla Grange Classic last start behind Pretty Amazing. Has won over 2000m and draws a nice marble here. Can measure up.

10. Honeycreeper (8) – $34 – Scratched
Jockey – Jamie Kah 56kg
Trainer – James Cummings

Started odds on and finished 3rd in the Listed Tasmanian Oaks last start. Has had a trial to prepare for this and gets the blinkers on, which may spark some required improvement. 

11. Stray (1) – $31
Jockey – Jason Collett 56kg
Trainer – Anthony Cummings

Had no luck at all last start in the G2 Kewney Stakes at Flemington, where she went to the line under a hold. Has shown glimpses of brilliance throughout her career, and wouldn’t be a shock to see her figure in the money in this. 

12. Pink Ivory (12) – $16
Jockey – Rory Hutchings 56kg
Trainer – John Sargent

Well bred filly who was dominant winning a BM64 last start at Newcastle. She beat a smart one there, and has the ability to handle all conditions. Step up to 2000m looks ideal, and she’s a definite each way chance. 

13. Ellenmac (3) – $101
Jockey – Kathy O’Hara 56kg
Trainer – Matthew Smith

Wasn’t disgraced last start in the Kembla Grange Classic, where she finished midfield. Has shown promise in her short career, but this is another big step up here, and looks a bridge too far. 

14. Youthful (7) – $126
Jockey – Brock Ryan 56kg
Trainer – Brad Widdup

Looks in a similar boat to the above runner. Has shown ability, and looks as though she’ll run the trip, but a maiden would’ve been more ideal.

15. Hidden Smile (14) – $126
Jockey – Rachel King 56kg
Trainer – Anthony Cummings

Yet to run a whole in four career starts. Unlikely to break that trend here. 

Final Word

This year’s Vinery Stud Stakes looks a very strong and competitive field of 3YO fillies. At first glance, I thought Qld filly Gyspy Goddess was a clear standout, but after going through the form it seems a very open race. I still maintain she is the one to beat after her dominant first up win, but this is a step up, and she needs to prove she can do it in this grade. 

Former Qld filly Hinged has the right form on paper to win this race. Not sure she can go on and win the ATC Oaks over 2400m, but it’s hard to knock what she’s done this prep. Her stablemate Fangirl is more than capable of making amends, after a lacklustre performance last start. If she had won that race, she probably would have headed the market here. 

The third of the Waller fillies, Pretty Amazing, comes through a strong Kembla Grange Classic, and looks to have untapped ability. Any of the trio can win. Also out of that race, Hope In Your Heart, and Gin Martini, are not without place hopes here. 

At odds, Pink Ivory looks primed to run a big race here, after a dominant last start win. It may have only been BM64 grade, but the second horse is no slouch. 

The winning chances go on and on. Yearning, Never Been Kissed, Mokulua, and Stray all have claims, but as for the on top selection, I’m going to stick firm with Gypsy Goddess. I feel she has the ability to win this, and the ATC Oaks, and give astute Qld trainer David Vandyke something to look forward to heading into the Spring. 

Best Vinery Stud Stakes Tip: 6. Gyspy Goddess – Win ($4.20)
Vinery Stud Stakes numbers: 6-7-12-2

If you need more news, information and tips, head over to our Vinery Stud Stakes page for all your punting needs!

*Odds correct at time of writing, courtesy of Dabble.

Tom has had a passion for the racing industry from the time he could talk. Wether it was at school, on smoko or in his own spare time, he always had his head in the form guide.He has worked hands on in the industry for years for some of Australia’s most highly regarded trainers. As a track rider, he has put the polish on some of the best horse flesh to grace the turf in recent years including the grey flash, Chautauqua, Golden slipper winner, Mossfun and sprinter-turned-sire, Deep Field to name a few.Tom has recently hung up the boots to focus solely on his punting and tipping services. With the objective of finding plenty of winners and value in the marketplace, you’ll be sure to have a fat wallet following his feature race previews.