Russell Stewart talks up Stylish Lord ahead of Aquanita Stakes

05/07/2024
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Russell Stewart thinks Stylish Lord has what it takes to win Aquanita

Stylish Lord does not have the best odds heading into the 2024 Listed Aquanita Stakes (2000m) at Belmont Racecourse on Sunday. Despite the betting sites’ predictions for his gelding, trainer Russell Stewart thinks the three year old will do well. 
 
Speaking to The Races WA, the Ascot-based trainer said he Stylish Lord is looking good and has everything that it takes to win the $100,000 race on Sunday at Belmont. 

Highlights

  • Trainer Stewart is confident Stylish Lord has a chance to win the Aquanita Stakes.
  • Stylish Lord won the Class 3 Book Into Peninsula Dining Room Handicap (1650m) at Belmont last weekend.
  • Stylish Lord ($4.80) is currently second favourite to win the Aquanita Stakes.

Belmont momentum for Stylish Lord 

One reason Russell Stewart is so confident about his horses chances this weekend is because of how the gelding performed last weekend at Belmont.  
 
Stylish Lord won the Class 3 Book Into Peninsula Dining Room Handicap (1650m) at Belmont last weekend. That race featured older and less high-level horses, but Stylish Lord raced well, nonetheless.  
 
The three year old and jockey Alan Kennedy won by a neck thanks to a great sprint from the turn.  
 
Now, trainer Stewart is confident Stylish Lord has a chance to win the Aquanita Stakes.  

Stewart talks up Stylish Lord 

Speaking to The Races WA ahead of the Listed Aquanita Stakes on Saturday, trainer Russell Stewart said the Stylish Lord is looking “really good” ahead of the big race and that he has a good shot of winning it all.  
 
“He’s going really good and I think he’s been looking for this,” Stewart said, “I thought he had a bit of an ask to win last week from where he was but he finished good. 
 
“There’s going to be genuine pace in this race and he’ll just tuck in. I’ll tell Steven Parnham to ride him like Alan (Kennedy) did last Saturday. 
 
“He had a good gallop on the grass Tuesday morning and worked nice. He’ll turn up fresh and bright on Saturday.” 
 
Stewart also revealed that Stylish Lord will keep using blinkers after his good run with them last week.  
 
Stylish Lord is set to start in barrier six.  

Aquanita Stakes odds 

At $4.80, Stylish Lord is currently second favourite to win the Aquanita Stakes, behind betting apps favourite Cool Memory ($2.40) and just ahead of Manzor Magic ($5.50).  
 
The Adam Durant-trained Miro is in fourth at $7.50. Weeraechoux ($9.00) and Dreamtime Jean ($11.00) round out the top five.

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