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The 2020 Caulfield Cup is high in the Spring Carnival agenda for Queensland’s new rising staying star Vanna Girl.

Master Of Wine, above, is the early favourite for the 2020 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield. Photo by Steve Hart.

Master Of Wine, above, is the early favourite for the 2020 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield. Photo by Steve Hart.

Vanna Girl collected her fourth straight win with a stunning victory in the Group 2 $175,000 Magic Millions The Roses (1800m) at Eagle Farm last Saturday and co-trainer Toby Edmonds said the Husson filly would now be prepared for he 2020 Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Toby Edmonds trains in partnership with his son Trent and the Gold Coast Team are considering setting Vanna Girl for the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 17.

“We will get her ready for Melbourne now. She could end up in a Caulfield Cup or something like that,” Toby Edmonds said after her Roses win.

“I think she’s a bit better than a Matriarch filly to be truthful.”

“She’s a good filly. She’s still immature, she’s wiry, she’s long, she’s just raw. As a five-year-old mare, if we can keep her together for that long, she’s a Group 1 horse.”

The Edmonds stable had originally had their sights set on the Group 1 Queensland Oaks for Vanna Girl but when the coronavirus hit and the 2020 Queensland Winter Carnival was dismantled, the filly lost her chance of winning a Group 1 trophy as a three year old.

“We thought we were going to go through her three-year-old career without a stakes win,” Trent said. “We thought she would win a Group 1. She was our Oaks filly all over. That was the plan.”

Vanna Girl is now the winner of seven of her ten race starts and has collected just over $370,000 in prizemoney.

All in betting for the 2020 Caulfield Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au has Vanna Girl marked at $41 while the Team Hawkers trained Master Of Wine is the early favourite at $9.

The South Australian Derby winner Russian Camelot is on the second line of betting at $11 just ahead of the Chris Waller trained mare Verry Elleegant at $12.

Early betting for the 2020 Caulfield Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au: $9 Master Of Wine, $11 Russian Camelot, $12 Verry Elleegant, $17 Colette, $19 Shared Ambition, $21 Surprise Baby, $26 Finche, King Of Leogrance, Mirage Dancer, Mr Quickie, Mustajeer, Regal Power, San Huberto, Young Rascal, $31 Aktau, Django Freeman, Kinane, Mugatoo, Quick Thinker, Vow And Declare, $34 Arcadia Queen, Zebrowski, $41 Dalasan, Vanna Girl, $51 or better the rest.

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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.