Trainer Chris Waller’s well bred filly Fiesta is primed to celebrate her Golden Slipper claims when she resumes in the Group 3 $150,000 Widden Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Fiesta is one of sixteen two year olds nominated for the Widden Stakes and is currently marked at $34 for the Group 1 $3.5m Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on March 24.
A good performance from the I Am Invincible filly will see her climb up the Golden Slipper market order at Ladbrokes.com.au who have the Magic Millions 2yo Classic winner Sunlight as the $6.50 favourite just ahead of Fiesta’s stablemate Performer at $8.
Fiesta has been to the races twice for a third in the Listed $150,000 Keeneland Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on September 30 followed by second in a 1000m two year old plate at Randwick three weeks later.
Waller’s stable manager Charlie Duckworth said that Fiesta’s work alongside of Performer has been good and he expects a forward showing from the filly in the Widden Stakes.
“She’s very sharp and has worked with Performer,’’ Duckworth told Racing New South Wales News.
“They won’t work as far as the older horses, just sharp work for them, and she seems to be thriving with it. She should be pretty faultless on Saturday.’’
More than half of the fillies nominated for the Widden Stakes have race experience but only the John Thompson trained Into The Abyss has saluted the judge in first place with a win in a 1000m two year old maiden at Randwick on Boxing Day.
Nominations for the 2018 Widden Stakes (1100m)
|2||0x||BOLD ARIAL||F||2||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|5||–||GREYSFUL GLAMOUR||F||2||Mark Newnham|
|6||–||I’M SO SWEET||F||2||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|7||7x||IMPETUOSO||F||2||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|8||1||INTO THE ABYSS||F||2||John P Thompson|
|9||25||MISTEED||F||2||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|11||4||OUR DAWN||F||2||Clarry Conners|
|12||4||RIVER BIRD||F||2||Jason Coyle|
|14||2125||SECRET LADY||F||2||Gary Portelli|
|16||3||TELL NO TALES||F||2||Matthew Smith|