One To Watch - Ballarat Synthetic Guineas Contender for Deep Field

Breednet - Friday August 5

When you step out in a maiden with these formlines they may only be “betting on the margin”, but it’s still unlikely this margin would have been favourite.

English Riviera wins by daylight - image Pat Scala / Racing Photos

At her two-year-old debut back in January, Deep Field filly English Riveria (ex Second Time Lucky (NZ) (Any Suggestion)) started an odds-on favourite only to finish second to the colt Lofty Strike, which quickly confirmed the form with a win in the Gr.3 Blue Diamond Colts Prelude next start.

English Riveria also took her place on Prelude day, in the filles version, finishing third to Revolutionary Miss.


Revolutionary Miss subsequently went down by a nose in the Gr.1 Blue Diamond, while English Riveria hardly disgraced herself finishing 6th, beaten 1.4 lengths.

Therefore, reasonable to think that resuming in a Ballarat Synthetic Maiden on a Friday she’d start a $1.20 favourite, but the 10 length winning margin may not have been the honest expectation and would be more than a pass mark.

Trained by Tony and Calvin McEvoy, English Riviera was a $260,000 purchase for Mark Pilkington from the Vinery Stud draft at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

The filly holds a nomination in the Thousand Guineas, and there are 10 fillies running on Saturday also nominated – Click here to see them.


Race Result - Brandt Mdn Plate 1100m

Ballarat Synthetic Track: Synthetic Time: 1:04.89
English Riviera
T: T & C McEvoy J: Damien Thornton 56
3f Deep Field (AUS) x Second Time Lucky (NZ) (Any Suggestion (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $260,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone
B: Mark Pilkington Management (FBAA)
T: Archie Alexander J: H Coffey 58
3g Overshare (AUS) x Miss Tyranny (AUS) (God's Own (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale $15,000
V:Cornwall Park Stud, Toolern Vale
B: Alexander Racing / Rogers Bloodstock
True Soldier
T: T J Andrews J: Carleen Hefel 58
3g Warhorse (NZ) x Centopia (AUS) (Centaine (AUS))
Viva Americana
T: Shay Keating J: Alana Kelly 56
3f American Pharoah (USA) x Paris Who (AUS) (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA))
Inglis March (Late) Online Sale $6,500
V:Morning Rise Stud
B: Pierre Niles (HK)
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: Patrick Moloney 58
3g Sooboog (AUS) x Rustic Rossa (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
Inglis August (Early) Online Sale $3,500
V:M.G Price Racing & Breeding
B: Banks Racing
All Night Bender
T: Charlotte Littlefield J: B Mc Dougall 58
3g Hellbent (AUS) x Ivy Blue (AUS) (Arlington (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $40,000
V:Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW
B: Hayfields Racing/JWB Properties P/L/CB Bloodstock
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