Sixteen fillies and mares have been accepted for the 2011 Nudgee Fillies & Mares Handicap field lead by 58kg top-weight Funtantes drawn in barrier three.
The Robert Heathcote-trained Easy Rocking mare is looking to break her losing streak of 14 races, Funtantes not having won since she took out the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben back in May of 2009.
Heathcote will also be represented on Saturday by six-year-old Acquired, first-up since running a gallant third to Beyonce’s Star in the Listed Just Now Quality (1300m) at Eagle Farm on December 11.
The three last-start winners and early favourites in this year’s Nudgee Quality Handicap have all drawn poorly with Sunshine Coast-based mare Bevagna (barrier 15), local Shovhog four-year-old Startling Pleasure (barrier 14) and consistent Sequalo mare Cariad (barrier 12), opening the field up.
Other notable horses in this season’s Nudgee Fillies & Mares Handicap include the Gillian Heinrich-trained Chilly Ruler who is coming off a disappointing 10th in the Magic Millions Sprint but who will appreciate the drop back in class here and Chris Waller’s Choisir five-year-old Miss Independent drawn ideally in barrier one.
The 2011 Sky Racing Nudgee Quality is scheduled as Doomben Race 6 on Saturday, due to jump at 4:40pm (AEDST).
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2011 Nudgee Fillies & Mares Quality Handicap Field, Barriers & Weights
|#||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight (kg)||Hcp. Rating|
|1||FUNTANTES||Robert Heathcote||Jim Byrne||3||58||92|
|2||ACQUIRED (NZ)||Robert Heathcote||Bobby El-Issa||9||57.5||91|
|3||MISS INDEPENDENT||Chris Waller||Glen Colless||1||55||85|
|4||BEVAGNA||Mick Mair||Michael Hughes||15||54.5||84|
|5||GENERAL SECRETARY||Brett Baker||Brad Stewart||6||54||83|
|6||INANNA||Laurie Richardson||Eddie Wilkinson||11||54||83|
|7||SAINT MINERVA||Alan Bailey||Scott Seamer||16||53.5||82|
|8||WARRIOR GIRL||Kelly Purdy||Daniel Griffin||5||53||81|
|9||ZIPPY LOU||John Petersen||Jason Taylor||13||53||80|
|10||CHASTE||Kelly Schweida||Chris Munce||2||53||79|
|11||SPANISH FLING||Pat Duff||Mandy Radecker||7||53||79|
|12||STARTLING PLEASURE||Peter Strong||Jason Holder||14||53||78|
|13||CHILLY RULER||Gillian Heinrich||Joe Bowditch||8||53||77|
|14||CARIAD||Steele Ryan||Justin Wood (a)||12||53||74|
|15||LADY SELENE||Bryan Guy||Scott Galloway||10||53||73|
|16||WELCOME SITE||Reg Mackay||Katrina Ashton (a)||4||53||70|
Photo courtesy (c) Taron Clarke Photography