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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.

Into The Abyss, above, is among the nominations for the Widden Stakes at Rosehill. Photo by Steve Hart.

Into The Abyss, above, is among the nominations for the Widden Stakes at Rosehill. Photo by Steve Hart.

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)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 ADAMINA F 2 Gerald Ryan
2 0x BOLD ARIAL F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
3 DYNAMISANTE F 2 Jarrod Austin
4 32x FIESTA F 2 Chris Waller
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
10 ONTHETAKE F 2 Clare Cunningham
11 4 OUR DAWN F 2 Clarry Conners
12 4 RIVER BIRD F 2 Jason Coyle
13 5 SARZANA F 2 Richard Freedman
14 2125 SECRET LADY F 2 Gary Portelli
15 2 SUNREEL F 2 Kris Lees
16 3 TELL NO TALES F 2 Matthew Smith

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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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