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Always Allison wins Sweet Embrace Stakes

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Connections of Always Allison will consider paying a late entry fee for the Golden Slipper after the smart filly took out the Group 2 $175,000 Les Johnson Memorial Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm today.

Always Allison scores a comfortable win in the Sweet Embrace Stakes at Warwick Farm. Photo by Steve Hart.

Always Allison scores a comfortable win in the Sweet Embrace Stakes at Warwick Farm. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Chris Waller trained Always Allison wasn’t nominated for the Group 1 $3.5m Tooheys New Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 21 but with the ease of her win a place in the rich two year old race wouldn’t be out of place.

Always Allison ($3.60) made it two wins from two starts when jockey Glyn Schofield eased her to the middle of the track to overhaul the Gai Waterhouse trained Speak Fondly ($3.30)  with Queensland filly Tibrogargan Miss ($13) battling on for third after setting the pace.

Waller said that he and the owners would have to sit down and seriously think about paying the $150,000 Golden Slipper late entry fee or just wait and run in the Group 1 $1m ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 4.

“We will put some sensible though into it over the next few days. It is a good problem to have,” Waller said.

“I wouldn’t be stressing about it today, you just have to see what you have to beat.”

Winning rider Glyn Schofield said that Always Allison was doing her best work over the concluding stages and thought that she would be better suited over the 1400m of the Sires Produce Stakes and the Group 1 $400,000 Champagne Stakes over 1600m at Randwick on April 18.

“She balanced up and really caught sight of the bunny, she got a bit more desire, she put her head down and the last hundred it was quite soft in the end.”

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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