Mays Place one to beat in Sweepstakes Fillies Final

19 September 2021 | Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Karalta Crown won a number of the states best juvenile events, but one race that eluded her was the Sweepstakes Fillies Final.

On Sunday night in Hobart, one of her progeny, Mays Place, will be chasing her fourth career win in the $20,000 feature.

The Kent Rattray prepared filly impressed in her Sweepstakes Qualification Race on 10 September, where she pushed through from the second-row to find the lead near the 1100 metre point and dispute the early burn she proved too good late for Miss Papenhuyzen by 9.7 metres in 2m 2.2s.

“She has done a super job to date. She did the work in the run last week and was too strong,” said driver Gareth Rattray, who will be chasing his sixth Sweepstakes Final victory.

With an early scratching drawn inside her, Mays Place will start from barrier four in the mile event, but Gareth has no firm plans as yet.

“There is a couple inside her that go alright, so we will see what happens early and go from there,” said the ace reinsman.

The dam of Mays Place, Karalta Crown, won 12 races and over $120,000 in prize money despite her quickest winning mile rate being 2m 1.4s.

She won the Yearling Sale Classic and Evicus Final, before running third in the Breeders Crown Fillies Final as a two-year-old.

“There are a few similarities between them, but this filly is probably a bit more genuine than what she was. She is probably a bit stronger than her mother as well,” said Gareth.

Gareth has been booked for the drive on Magic Joe, who is prepared by his brother Todd in the Colts And Geldings Sweepstakes Final.

“I think he will be a handy horse going forward,” said Gareth, who drove the pacer to a fifth placing in last weeks qualification race when 22.2 metres behind the stablemate Mucho Mover.

Mucho Mover has drawn inside of the second-row, which sees him sit on the second line of betting behind Mickey Oh, who won on debut before his last start second.

Other horses in the market include Big Boy Mal and A Minutes Silence.

The Colts and Geldings final is race four on the card at 18:42, while the fillies will do battle in race six at 19:49.

You can catch the action on TasracingTV, while races 1, 3 through to 10 will be shown on Sky Racing 1, while race two will be televised on Sky Racing 2.


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