Racing Confidential: In-form mare attracts huge wager

Racing Confidential: In-form mare attracts huge wager

Shades Of Rose has attracted one of the biggest bets on a Sydney race for months and has firmed into odds-on favouritism for the Guildford Leagues Club Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

TAB Fixed Odds this week accepted a bet of $40,000 at $2.20 on the Bjorn Baker-trained Shades Of Rose and this investment combined with other smaller wagers has the mare firming into $1.60 favouritism. The Shades Of Rose wager is the largest bet TAB has taken for a Sydney race since the autumn carnival.

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Golden Slipper winner Fireburn is among a galaxy of equine stars entered for the Rosehill barrier trials on Friday.

The Gary Portelli-trained Fireburn and her stablemate Sejardan are due to contest a 900m trial against the outstanding Zaaki, Group 1 winners Fangirl and Hinged, and promising gallopers like Overpass and Political Debate.

Best Of Bordeaux, who ran second to Fireburn in the Golden Slipper, is entered for the 1000m opening heat of the trials session. His opposition includes Group 1 winners Mo’unga, Montefilia, Angel Of Truth and Knights Order.

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English galloper Light Infantry is being aimed at the Golden Eagle in spring after he was purchased by an Australian group of owners headed by Ozzie Kheir of Verry Elleegant fame.

Light Infantry, who is trained by David Simcock at Newmarket, is due to run for his new owners in the Group 1 Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville in France on Sunday.

Simcock will prepare Light Infantry for the Golden Eagle this spring and then take the horse back to England for Royal Ascot next year. Kheir said Light Infantry would then return to Australia next year and be set for the Cox Plate with trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.

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Racing NSW has announced it will be refunding licence fees to trainers and their staff from flood-affected areas in the mid-north coast and Northern Rivers regions.

Peter V’landys, chief executive of Racing NSW, said there was widespread disruption to thousands of people in these regions during the floods crisis earlier this year.

“With several race meeting lost and the difficulties created for participants by the prolonged wet weather, hopefully the removal of these fees can help in a small way,” V’landys said.

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It’s 40 years since Anntelle scored the biggest upset in Australian racing history when she won at Canterbury at 500/1.

Why am I mentioning Anntelle? She is the fifth dam of Take A Trip, a three-year-old filly making her debut at Tamworth on Friday. She is rated a $10 chance.

Anntelle’s record as the longest priced winner remains to this day although it was equalled by Pablo’s Pulse in the 1987 Warwick Stakes.

Originally published as Punter launches into the Bjorn Baker-trained Shades Of Rose with a $40,000 wager

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