Phillip Stokes will be looking to claim his first Dequetteville Stakes win since 2005 when his undefeated filly Music Bay steps out in Saturday’s 2YO Listed feature.
$2.90 favourite Music Bay won her debut race impressively in March with a strong ride from Dom Tourneur where she narrowly defeated Really Swish. Since her victory she has had a comfortable trial win over Ice Ghost and one of her opponents on Saturday in Our Toninicconi.
King of the two-year-olds, Tony McEvoy will have a huge hand in this race with four runners led by Al Naifa who contested February’s Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude. She has been marked as a $7 chance with UBET and will jump from barrier one. McEvoy’s other favoured runner is Double Denman who finished ninth in the Adelaide Magic Millions Classic after an impressive maiden victory the start before.
Also coming out of that Magic Millions race is Chris Bieg’s Strategic Agenda who finished eighth, while Leon & Troy Corstens’ Illuminaire was the runner-up behind Zizzis. On that form and with the experienced James Winks in the saddle, she will be a big chance.
Others in the market include Ciaron Maher’s Yulong Monoceros who was not far off Setsuna and Long Leaf in November last year, while Lindsay Park will saddle up Fundamentalist as David Hayes looks for his fourth win in the Dequetteville Stakes.
No one has trained more Dequetteville Stakes winners than Leon Macdonald. He will be aiming for his fifth win in the race with Gotta Be Gold, an outsider in the race at $101 after her first start seventh at Oakbank on Easter Monday.
Music Bay - $2.90
Al Naifa - $7
Fundamentalist - $8
Yulong Monoceros - $9
Illumiaire, Double Denman - $10
Others - $13+