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Baker Hoping To Cuddle Champagne
Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker would obviously love to see Champagne Cuddles win Saturday's Gr2 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill, however he has an ulterior motive that's totally undertandable; he's hoping that a comprehensive victory for the beautifully bred Not a Single Doubt daughter of Sky Cuddles could result in an invitation to fill one of the few remaining The Everest slots. There's evidence to suggest she'll run a big race: the $3.80 favourite has won three times and placed once from four first-up starts. Boasting a rare sex-balanced Rasmussen cross of Easy Date close up in her pedigree, the four-time Gr1-placed Group winner is, as would be expected, clashing with some handy types, headed by noted fresh runner I Am Excited, last start Toy Show Quality winner Mizzy, and undefeated mare Fasika.