This Saturday night Bathurst is set to host a brilliant meeting headlined by two Group 1 pacing features – the $100, 000 Alabar Bathurst Gold Crown Final and the $100, 000 Woodlands Stud Bathurst Gold Tiara Final.
The first of the two highlight races is the Gold Tiara Final taking place as race six at 8:45pm. This year the event has attracted ten promising two-year-old fillies including the in-form Sheezallattitude drawn ideally in barrier two.
Coming off two consecutive wins, including her sizzling victory in the heats last week running a 1:59.3 mile rate, the Art Major filly has had a sensational start to her career winning four of her six starts and looks well positioned to make it five from seven on Saturday night.
The Felicity Gallagher-trained Sheezallattitude broke the Australasian mile record for juveniles back on March 7 when she claimed an all-the-way win in the NSW Sapling Stakes with a mile rate of 1:53.1, and her speed combined with the favourable barrier draw make her the filly to beat.
Sheezallattitude’s biggest threat will come from the Peter Manning-trained Leilani Lombo jumping from barrier four.
Manning has two of his other hopefuls facing off against their more favoured stablemate, Chi Serasera Lombo who has secured the prized ‘pole’ start and Queena Harts Lombo in eight, as he attempts his third win in the Gold Tiara. He previously saw success with Boa Vista Lombo (2005) and Anaz in 2008.
Other classy fillies who could cause an upset include the consistent Dennis Picker-trained and driven Sounds So Good (barrier four), the untapped Miss Worth Whitby having just her third career start, and the improving daughter of Bettors Delight Aussie Made Lombo drawn in the far outside barrier.
The next highly anticipated Group 1 event of the night is due to jump at 9:45pm as race eight – the Gold Crown Final, which is the two-year-old colts and geldings’ equivalent of the Gold Tiara.
Again ten top contenders will take to the track in the Gold Crown seeking a prestigious Group 1 victory early in their careers.
Drawn well in barrier three is the Doug Leihn-trained Oscar Lane, the Art Major colt looking one of the best chances here after his impressive heat win last week. Oscar Lane is having his third career start on Saturday and has drawn barrier six.
Tamerlano has fared well in the barrier draw and will jump from two on Saturday with Ricky Thurlow driving. The Bettors Delight gelding is seeking their second career win after claiming victory in the heats when they went out at the juicy odds of $33.80 and beat home the $1.90 favourite Lettucerocku by over three metres.
The other impressive youngster who looks a threat after drawing ideally with barrier three is the Felicity Gallagher-trained Wotattidue, stablemate to Sheezallattitude the favourite for the Gold Tiara.
The Jennas Beach Boy Gelding has had a consistent and promising start to his career having won once and placed second three times from his five race starts.
Wotattidue has loads of raw ability but often his performance is based on his behaviour on the day. If he can settle well he is a huge threat here and with maturity he will become one of the most exciting three-year-olds to watch next season.
Other early favourites are Modern Slippa drawn poorly in barrier ten and Gotta Feeling jumping from the far outside, both coming off heat wins last week.
The cracker ten-event programme at Bathurst on Saturday night is packed full of other fantastic feature races not to be missed including the $40, 000 Group 3 Bathurst Gold Bracelet Final (Race 3 – 7:17pm), $20, 000 Gold Pendant Mares Classic (Race 5 – 8:15pm) and the $40, 000 Group 3 Bathurst Gold Chalice Final (Race 7 – 9:15pm).