2023 Vinery Stud Stakes Runner By Runner Preview, Odds & Tips

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Thu 23rd March 2023


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The Vinery Stud Stakes is a prominent race on the Sydney Autumn racing calendar for three-year-old fillies, recognised for both its historical significance and esteemed reputation. Held over 2000m at Rosehill Gardens, the Group 1 event acts as a precursor to the ATC Oaks and presents a rare opportunity for fillies with staying potential to achieve Group 1 success.

Looking at the market, Dabble has Kiwi sensation, Prowess, a short priced favourite at $2.35, off the back of some terrific form across the ditch. Pavitra is the clear second pick at $3.20, after a demolition job in the Kembla Grange Classic last start. Fireburn is the only other runner in single figures, currently at $8.00.

However, we know with horse racing that anything can happen and upsets occur on a regular basis. So, we have dissected each of the horses’ chances for you and provided our horse racing tips! Read on below to find our runner by runner preview of the 2023 Vinery Stud Stakes along with The Shark’s best tips. 

1. Prowess (4) – $2.35F
Jockey – Mark Zahra 56kg
Trainer – Roger James & Robert Wellwood

Kiwi filly who is a winner of six from eight including the Group 1 Bonecrusher, which she won last start at Pukekohe. Should enjoy a sweet run from the good draw here and has form around New Zealand’s best, including La Crique and Legarto. Well suited under the conditions here and looks one of the main hopes.

2. Fireburn (6) – $8.00
Jockey – Tyler Schiller (a) 56kg
Trainer – Gary Portelli

Former Golden Slipper-winning two year old who hasn’t been sighted in the winner’s stall for some time now. Latest effort behind Zougotcha was solid and she seems to be in want of a trip like this now. Definitely has the class to win but others may have her covered here.

3. Pavitra (9) – $3.20
Jockey – Chad Schofield 56kg
Trainer – Richard & Will Freedman

Wasn’t far away first up in the Millie Fox before absolutely destroying her rivals in the Kembla Grange Classic last start over the mile. Showed plenty of staying potential last preparation and the 2000m third up here looks ideal. One to beat.

4. Polygon (12) – $31
Jockey – Brett Prebble 56kg
Trainer – Lance Noble

Second of the Kiwi fillies who was ok from the back last start in the Kembla Classic, despite being no match for the winner, Pavitra. Form prior in New Zealand was good, including a Group 2 win over this trip. Likely improver here but hard to see her turning the tables on the Freedman runner.

5. Papillon Club (3) – SCRATCHED

Jockey – Regan Bayliss 56kg
Trainer – Greg Eurell


6. Soul Choice (13) – $13
Jockey – Tim Clark 56kg
Trainer – Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Consistent filly who almost caused an upset in the Launceston Guineas before two strong wins at 2100m, including the Tasmanian Oaks last start. No doubt this is stronger but she will be sent forward from the wide draw and be in it for a long way.

7. Pierossa (2) – $16
Jockey – Sam Clipperton 56kg
Trainer – Peter & Paul Snowden

Got back and never got into the race first up behind Lindermann before a much improved effort in the Kembla Classic last start. Another who will need to be at her absolute best to turn the tables on Pavitra, but can run into the placings if she handles the step up in trip.

8. Call Di (8) – $17
Jockey – Nash Rawiller 56kg
Trainer – Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou

Got the chocolates first up on the Kenso track before a super run at Sandown behind Shuffle Dancer. Stepped up to the mile last start in the Kembla Classic, where she loomed to win, but was found wanting late. Has plenty of ability, which is no surprise if you look at her breeding, but the ten furlongs is a query for mine.

9. So Dazzling (5) – $26
Jockey – Tom Sherry 56kg
Trainer – John Sargent

Sent around at big odds last start in the Kembla Classic and finished off quite nicely to grab second spot. Should only improve here out to 2000m and comes from a strong staying stable. Any rain would only enhance her chances.

10. Byron Belle (10) – $61
Jockey – Tom Marquand 56kg
Trainer – John Sargent

Second of the Sargent trained fillies who ran well at Hawkesbury last start, despite only being a Class 1. Form prior was around some pretty handy types and she looks as though she’ll handle the rise in trip. Needs to put her best foot forward to finish top three but is not the worst.

11. Infinitive (7) – $41
Jockey – Kerrin McEvoy 56kg
Trainer – Chris Waller

Tough filly having her eighth run here in her first racing preparation. Got back and made some late ground in the Kembla Classic last start, following a dominant win at Canterbury over 1900m. Hard to see her taking top honours here but won’t disgrace herself.

12. Frankie’s Me Dad (11) – $51
Jockey – Brenton Avdulla 56kg
Trainer – Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

Lightly raced filly who has gone from a seven length Queanbeyan maiden defeat to a Group 1 Stakes race within four starts. Latest win over 2300m at Newcastle was good, but this is much tougher and others look to have her measure.

13. Whisky Wisdom (1) – $71
Jockey – Rachel King 56kg
Trainer – Benjamin Smith

Kembla-trained filly who, like many in this field, was no match for Pavitra last start. Her run prior in a Midway here at Rosehill was solid, but it’s hard to see her troubling some of the better chances in the market.

14. Stormy Witness (14) – $126
Jockey – Robbie Dolan 56kg
Trainer – Danny Williams

Got the bob in a Goulburn maiden two back before finishing third at Moruya last start in BM58 grade. With all due respect, if that form is strong enough to win a Group 1 Vinery Stud, I’ll walk from the Gold Coast to Rosehill in my Reg Grundies. No.

Final Word

Some progressive young fillies are set to do battle here, with a likely trans-Tasman arm wrestle on the cards. The bureau is predicting 20-40mm of rain on Friday and further showers Saturday, meaning the track could well be in the soft, even heavy range, by the time the starter hits go. There doesn’t look to be a whole lot of tempo up front early, but those in the market should race handy enough to the speed and the best horse should win the race.

Top Tip: 3. Pavitra – could not have been more impressive last start in the Kembla Grange Classic over 1600m. Was well performed last Spring once she got to 2000m and beyond and should be ready to fire third up here. The only query is how wet the track is come race time, but it’s hard to see anything out of the aforementioned Kembla Grange Classic troubling her.

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3. Pavitra

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Biggest Danger: 1. Prowess – looks the obvious danger on paper. She is a winner of six from eight in New Zealand and has form around the likes of Legarto and La Crique to name a couple. She’s proven at the trip, and on wet ground, and is drawn nicely.

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1. Prowess

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Best Value/ Roughie: 9. So Dazzling – made nice late ground last start in the Kembla Grange Classic. The extra journey looks ideal here and she grows a leg on heavy tracks. Follow any late market support and include in all exotics.

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9. So Dazzling

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*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.