VINERY STUD STAKES
2000m, $500,000 Group One set-weights race for 3YO fillies run at Rosehill.
Winner exempt from ballot for Group One $1 million Australian Oaks at Randwick on April 8
* First run in 1979 over 1900m at Canterbury when won by Impede
* Before 1992 was Group Two and known as Storm Queen Stakes in honour of the 1966 Golden Slipper winner
* Favourites have won the race 13 times in the past 33 years
* The race has been won by star fillies such as: Sheraco (1982), Research (1989), Slight Chance (1993), Champagne (1998), Savannah Success (1999), Special Harmony (2004), Serenade Rose (2006), Miss Finland (2007), Mosheen (2012) and Lucia Valentina (2014)
* Mick Dittman is the most successful jockey with three winners – Centaurea (1985), Research (1989) and A Little Kiss (1990)
* Bart Cummings and Lee Freedman most successful trainers with three wins each
* The 2016 edition was won by the Nick Olive-trained Single Gaze
* Only Serenade Rose (2006), Danendri (1997), Alcove (1994), Research (1989) and Sheraco (1982) have completed the Vinery Stud Stakes/Australian Oaks double
* Research recorded the first race win of her autumn campaign in 1989 when she took out the Vinery Stud Stakes. She then won the Group One Australian Derby (2400m) and Australian Oaks – an achievement that has never been repeated
WHAT THE KEY PLAYERS ARE SAYING:
* “There’s plenty of positives for both. Foxplay deserves a Group One and the other filly is having her first chance in a Group One,” trainer Chris Waller on Foxplay and Dawn Wall.
* “She’s in great form. I think 2000 metres is ideal and she’s drawn to get a good run. The reservation is it being her first race that way of going and the (heavy) ground. But if she handles the conditions she’s going like she’s ready to win,” Harlow Gold’s co-trainer Tom Dabernig.
* “You’d think a Savabeel filly out of a Montjeu mare would relish that sort of trip,” trainer David Brideoake on Nurse Kitchen.No tags for this post.