The $1 million Emirates Stakes (1600m) is a prime target for boom Kiwi mare Wealth Princess, who is still in doubt for this Saturday’s Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane.
The Brent Gillovic-trained four-year-old mare ran an eye-catching third to Set For Fame last Saturday in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m), but without a win is still unlikely to contest the premier sprint event the Stradbroke Handicap this Saturday.
The Stradbroke Handicap allows a maximum of 18 starters and five emergencies, but attracted a massive 38 first acceptors. The Dane Ripper Stakes place will have boosted Wealth Princess’s rank, but may not be enough to gain her a start in the highly anticipated Group 1 sprint.
Whether or not she runs in the Stradbroke this weekend, Wealth Princess will continue on to the Group 1 Winter Stakes at Eagle Farm on June 26, and will then return in the spring where the Group 1 MYER Classic (1600m) on October 30 and the prestigious Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) on November 6 will be her main objectives.
The MYER Classic & Emirates Stakes are Wealth Princess’ major spring goals
Wealth Princess is currently a $16 chance at IASbet for the 2010 Stradbroke Handicap this weekend, with the betting markets dominated by hot favourite Whobegotyou at $2.60 for a win.