A wide barrier draw shouldn’t affect the chances of smart Queensland filly Zelady’s Night Out when she takes on the southern girls in the Group 2 $175,000 Alpha Flight Services Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.
The Tony Gollan trained Zelady’s Night Out has drawn barrier nine in the eleven horse field but if she produces her early speed she has displayed in three of her five race starts, the Myboycharlie filly shouldn’t have any trouble crossing over in the early stages and taking up a prominent position.
Top Sydney jockey Tommy Berry has picked up the ride on Zelady’s Night Out and is giving her a great chance to mix it with the Sydney fillies.
“She’s had two really strong trials in Brisbane,” Berry told Racing Ahead.
“One was against her own age and the other was against the older horses, and she blew them away on both occasions.
“The Gollan team had a massive wrap on this horse as a two-year-old heading towards the Magic Millions. It’s had a bit of a break and has come back much better and muck stronger.
“She’s a really exciting horse going forward.”
The blinkers are coming off the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Thyme For Roses who also has shown plenty of good gate speed in winning two of her five starts.
Thyme For Roses, with Adam Hyeronimus in the saddle, has drawn one inside of Zelady’s Night Out and the two fillies look likely to make light of their wide gates and take up handy positions in the early stages.
Trained John O’Shea is hoping he has rectified Calliope’s barrier manners and the Exceed And Excel filly will race with a brow band for the first time.
Calliope, James McDonald, barrier seven, was ordered to barrier trial by the stewards before being allowed to start again after playing up in the starting stalls prior to the running of the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 19.
Calliope was spelled after finishing twelfth to Capitalist in the Golden Slipper and will head back to the race track after running fifth in a 850m Randwick trial on August 9.
Chris Waller will saddle up the promising Omei Sword in the Silver Shadow Stakes with Brenton Avdulla to ride from barrier five.
Manaya, barrier six, is also resuming with Glyn Schofield to ride while Quick Feet from the Snowden stable has the benefit of a run back after finishing fifth to Thronum in the Listed $100,000 The Rosebud (1200m) at Randwick on August 6.
Quick Feet has Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle again and will jump from gate three.
Silver Shadow Stakes market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $2.80 Omei Sword, $3.70 Manaya, $4.40 Calliope, $13 Thyme For Roses, $14 Quick Feet, $17 Cudabeen, $18 Zelady’s Night Out, $20 Bacarella, $26 Rather Sweet, $71 Alluvion, $91 Zafina.