Legless Veuve is favourite for the TAB Vanity Stakes on Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceady. (Image: Racing Photos)
Legless Veuve has been underestimated for most of her career, but Stuart Webb is not surprised her fan club is growing ahead of Saturday's The TAB Vanity at Flemington.
The daughter of Pins is a pronounced $2.90 favourite ahead of the $150,000 Group 3 event, which is significantly shorter than the $18 she started when successful in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes on February 4.
But back to her own sex, up to 1400m and with the benefit of that first-up run under her belt, Webb can see why she is winning punters over.
"When you're not wound up and not quite ready and winning, I think you're in a good spot," Webb said.
Legless Veuve, who also won the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude at double-figure odds in spring, heads betting in The TAB Vanity, clear of Harlow Gold ($4.20), who is first-up since the VRC Crown Oaks, with Extra Olives ($5.50) and Nurse Kitchen ($6.50) the others at a single-figure odds.
Webb is aware Legless Veuve had the race run to suit in the Manfred Stakes, when she sat on speed in a slowly-run race, but said she has the versatility to race elsewhere in the field and looks to have drawn favourably in barrier four.
"She doesn't have to lead," he said. "She can be just in behind the speed. She's drawn beautifully to park in behind them or sit outside the leader or lead (if left there)."
Legless Veuve is part of a handy team Webb will take to Flemington, with Wazzenme to go around in the $150,000 Group 3 C.S. Hayes Stakes (1400m).
He also resumed in the Manfred Stakes and although the better backed of Webb's pair, the trainer knew the son of Wanted was likely to need the run.
"She was always my pick of the two of them," he said. "I'm not sure where that (money) came from.
"He'd had a hiccup about three weeks previous. They always work together, but he missed a week's work and then was always behind the eight-ball.
"Anybody who asked me and all the owners, I said to them, 'he's not ready and Legless Veuve is my preference'.
"She had the better of him working into Caulfield, their last gallop, but he well and truly held his own this Tuesday."
Wazzenme is a $13 chance in the C.S. Hayes market, which is headed by Hey Doc ($4.20) and Seaburge ($5).
Webb's other Black Type acceptor at Flemington is two-year-old Reward For Effort filly Paseo Del Rio, who is engaged in the $120,000 Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m), but the trainer is undecided whether to run there or tackle an easier option at Seymour on Tuesday.
"She's a really good filly, but this is probably a better race than I was hoping for too," he said.