Kiwi star Entriviere favourite to add $2m The Invitation to her resume

Mitch CohenNews Corp Australia Sports Newsroom
Entriviere is the favourite for the inaugural The Invitation at Randwick. Trish Dunell
Camera IconEntriviere is the favourite for the inaugural The Invitation at Randwick. Trish Dunell Credit: The Daily Telegraph

An awkward draw won’t stop Kiwi gun Entriviere starting favourite in Saturday’s inaugural $2m The Invitation at Randwick.

The Jamie Richards-trained mare was drawn in barrier 11, which will become nine when the emergencies come out, for Sydney’s newest feature event over 1400m.

Entrviere still opened as the clear favourite in final field betting with TAB at $2.70.

Only three rivals are in single digits in betting with Group 2 winner Vangelic (barrier nine) and Doncaster runner-up Icebath (barrier 15) both at $8.

The sole three-year-old filly of the field Startantes is at the same quote after finishing third in the Group 1 Flight Stakes at her last start.

Multiple Group 3 winner Sweet Deal was brought out of retirement to target the Invitation but saw her chances take a hit after drawing in barrier 13.

She remains an $11 chance alongside the Richard and Michael Freedman-trained Forbidden Love, which will chase her first win since the Group 1 Surround Stakes in February.

Leading trainer Chris Waller saddles up two chances in the feature event with Madam Rouge (eight) and Nudge (10) flying the flag for the stable.

They are $26 and $15 respectively.

The Matthew Smith-trained Tricky Gal (one) has drawn the inside and is $15.

Australasian Oaks winner Media Award (12) is the outsider of the field at $51, while Rocha Clock (four) and Madam Legend (six) are both $26.

THE INVITATION – (Horse-Trainer-Jockey-Barrier-Weight)

1 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Jason Collett 8 59kg

2 NUDGE Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 10 59kg

3 SWEET DEAL John Thompson Joshua Parr 13 59kg

4 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 3 59kg

5 MEDIA AWARD Chris Calthorpe 12 59kg

6 ENTRIVIERE (NZ) Jamie Richards Tommy Berry 11 58kg

7 VANGELIC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9 58kg

8 ROCHA CLOCK John O‘Shea Sam Clipperton 4 58kg

9 MADAM LEGEND Les Bridge Brock Ryan (a) 6 58kg

10 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Kerrin McEvoy 15 57kg

11 TRICKY GAL Matthew Smith Ms Alysha Collett 1 57kg

12 STARTANTES Robert Heathcote Robbie Dolan 7 52kg

13e MORE PROPHETS John Thompson 5 57kg

14e YAMAZAKI Matthew Dunn 2 58kg

15e BELLUCI BABE (NZ) Bjorn Baker 14 57kg

Originally published as Kiwi star Entriviere favourite to add $2m The Invitation to her resume

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