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The four-year-old mare comes into the race with good form having placed in all three runs this preparation, only beaten one length behind Red Tracer in group two company at Randwick, who has since gone on to run third in the Tristarc Stakes.

“Her form has been really good she has placed in group ones and group two and threes before and deserves to win a group one race,” Conners told Radio Sport National.

“It’s a very hard race but if she would happen to win a group one on Friday night or in the future it makes her a very valuable broodmare.”

Satin Shoes  has drawn barrier six in the 10 horse field giving jockey James McDonald plenty of options, currently $41 on Tab Sportsbet fixed odds.

“I was very happy with the barrier we got I didn’t want to draw one or two.

“She has settled down this little mare now and we have taken the blinkers off her and she does not have to lead.

“She is happy to sit back off a couple of horses off the pace and she fights on pretty good and I am sure there will be lots of speed on.”

With no Black Caviar and Hay List, the Manikato, which is the first group one sprint of the spring gives a host of gallopers a chance to step up and take the mantle of top sprinter this season.

“The two favourites Buffering and Sea Siren are probably the main dangers and they will probably be in front of us coming to the turn and hopefully we can run them down.”



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