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Bow Mistress the race of the day

04 / 02 / 2015 Article by: Peter Staples

THE Group 3 $150,000 Bow Mistress Trophy over 1200 metres at weight-for-age for fillies and mares promises to be the race of the day at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart on Friday.

While the meeting is being promoted as Derby Day there is no doubt the highest quality race in terms of livestock is the Bow Mistress that has attracted 15 final acceptors of which seven hail from interstate.

The Derby field also looks a quality event but it consists of only two interstate invaders in Tasmanian-bred Dandy Gent from the Terry and Karina O’Sullivan stable and Patrick Payne’s promising filly Baja Moon.

The Bow Mistress field comprises six mares that will make their Tasmanian debuts while Awasita has been in the state for almost two months.

Awasita is in the care of Charlie Goggin and Luella Meaburn and she has had only one start in the state for a fourth to Sh’bourne Spirit in a weight-for-age fillies and mares’ race in Hobart over 1100m on January 25.

The best-performed of the interstate invaders is the Stephen Theodore-trained Lady Lakshmi that has accrued stakes of almost $300,000 from her five wins and six minor placings from 23 starts.

She hasn’t won since emerging triumphant in a Benchmark 90 event over 1400 metres at Bendigo in October last year.

The four-year-old mare was given a freshen-up before her latest effort which was a seventh of 11 behind Scarlet Billows at Moonee Valley on January 24.

Another interstate candidate in Nadeem Lass comes out of that race with the Robbie Laing-trained five-year-old finishing fifth and just over a length in advance of Lady Lakshmi.

Vibrant Rouge, prepared at Geelong by Glenn Thornton, has been in work a while with her best recent effort a third in the Group 3 Maybe Mahal over 1400m at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day but she has been well beaten at three subsequent city outings.

Angelic Lass hasn’t started since September when beaten in a BM70 at Wangaratta but she has won two trials on her home rack at Tatura in readiness for this Group 3 assignment.

Caulfield trainer John Salanitri decided to target the Bow Mistress and the Vamos Stakes with his four-year-old mare I Love It after she won a 1200-metre mare’s race at Ballarat at the end of November.

The four-year-old by Artie Schiller from the Foxhound mare Not That Innocent is only lightly raced having had seven starts for three wins and a minor placing with her biggest win at her most recent outing at Ballarat.

Mornington trainer Mark Riley also has accepted with a lightly raced mare in Grand Gallop that has won three from nine but has only won her way through modest benchmark events over distances up to 1200m.

However, she did catch the eye with a sound third behind Barcode in a BM70 handicap at Mornington three weeks ago.

There is no doubt the owners of the interstate mares entered for the race are chasing black type but it won’t be an easy task as a few of the locals possess the class factor.

The Barry Campbell-trained Arenzano is proven over the trip and she has won four on the Hobart track.

Her latest effort to finish fourth in the weight-for-age Stakes over 1200m in Launceston was full of merit and will have her cherry ripe for this assignment.

The Bill Ryan-trained Sh’bourne Spirit comes off a win over Miss Middleton that also is engaged and Ryan is very upbeat about her winning chances.

“I couldn’t be happier with Sh’bourne Spirit going into this race,” Ryan said.

“Everything has gone like clockwork since her win in Launceston and while she’s drawn a bit wide (9) I’m confident her n-form rider Anthony Darmanin can secure the right spot and if that happens she’ll be very hard to beat,” he said.

Ryan also will saddle up Liluka Belle that comes off a first-up fifth to Wonzee in a class four event over 1200m in Launceston last Wednesday week.

“Liluka Belle has been working sensationally this past week and had she drawn better than barrier 15 I would have rated her equally with Sh’bourne Spirit,” Ryan said.

Miss Middleton is a class mare and has done well since returning to Campbell’s stable after a stint in two states with Bart and James Cummings.

Wonzee, from the Tegan Keys stable, is only lightly raced having had only five stats but she has won four and could not have been more impressive in winning on January 21.

Photo courtesy of Stephen Theodore Racing.

Watch the video of Bill Ryan talking about Sh’bourne Spirit.