Talented mare Ghisoni is set to face a hot field when she returns from injury in the Group 3 $125,000 Irresistible Pools Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Ghisoni is the winner of four of her seven race starts but hasn’t been seen at the races since finishing fifth to Cradle Me in the Group 2 $200,000 Bundaberg Rum Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm during the 2016 Brisbane Winter Carnival.
The Lonhro mare has been off the scene after suffering several setbacks but has been brought back slowly and trainer James Cummings said that she has progressed nicely in her comeback preparation and he was happy with her two recent Randwick barrier trials.
Ghisoni finished second in a 740m trial on August 8 then ran sixth in a 1045m trial on August 21 and Cummings is looking forward to testing her against some classy mares in the Sheraco Stakes.
“She’s been in and out of the stables as part of her recovery from the set-back she suffered,” Cummings said.
“The team has taken her along slowly and surely and she’s trialled very well and had an excellent preparation.”
“I picked out the Sheraco as a beautiful re-introduction to racing without having to put her under too much pressure.”
“But it’s looking like a top-tier mare’s race, so this will certainly give us an indication of just how well Ghisoni has returned. I think she’ll have to be at her best to be beating these mares.”
Ghisoni’s best win to date was against the three year old fillies in the Group 2 $175,000 Coolmore Surround Stakes (1400m) at Randwick during the 2016 Sydney Autumn Carnival and she was also a winner at Group 3 level when she beat Cradle Me in the Group 3 $150,000 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) at Doomben prior to her defeat in the Dane Ripper Stakes.
Brenton Avdulla takes the ride on Ghisoni (barrier 6) who is well in commission at $7 for the Sheraco Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au who have the Bjorn Baker trained Bonny O’Reilly as the $4.20 favourite.
On the second line of betting at $5 is the Chris Waller trained Omei Sword who will strip fitter for a first up fifth to Deploy in the Group 3 $150,000 Suttons Show County Quality (1200m) at Randwick on August 19 while Daysee Doom from the Ron Quinton stable is also under the $10 mark at $7.50.