A WIDE draw should do little to prevent Ladies In Red from adding another Group One to her impressive tally.
Successful in her heat when first-up for four months, Ladies In Red is engaged in Saturday night’s Australian Pacing Gold Bullion Final at Club Menangle.
Although the Emma Stewart-trained daughter of Mach Three has received barrier 10, TAB Fixed Odds have her listed as a $1.55 favourite.
To be driven by Nathan Jack, Ladies In Red slots into nine with the removal of the emergency in what will be the four-year-old’s first start outside of Victoria.
As it stands, Ladies In Red boasts 18 wins and three seconds from 21 starts, with her victories including four Group Ones and a pair of Group Twos.
“She thrived during her time off and has come back in sensational condition,” Stewart said. “I was more than happy with her heat run after four months off and she has worked on a treat since.
“The Final is another step up and the draw hasn’t made it easy, but winning from tough draws is what she does.
“She’s come from the second row to win two Breeders’ Crown Finals, the Victoria Oaks and Home Grown Classic, so like I said, bad draws in big races are nothing new to her.”
Stewart will also be represented by Tough Tilly, which is considered the main danger to her stablemate, and Joanna which is capable of upstaging the pair.
Tough Tilly and Joanna inflicted two of Ladies In Red’s defeats!
First-up for five months when third in her heat, Tough Tilly is the $3.50 second elect after drawing gate seven.
“She did very well in her heat after a long break and is definitely going to improve for the run,” Stewart said. “That said, she will have to against such a strong field.”
Joanna, which was runner-up in the heat, is on the third line of betting at $7.50 from barrier four.
“It’s a similar story with Joanna,” Stewart said. “She was first-up from four months in the heat and has also lifted her game in track work since.”
- PAUL COURTS