This Saturday Caulfield Racecourse will come alive with a bumper meet planned for CF Orr Stakes Day featuring an elite line-up of Group races including the $180,000 D’Urban Stakes (1400m).
Also known as the Autumn Stakes, the 2011 D’Urban Stakes final field has attracted 11 three-year-olds.
Unsurprisingly Star Witness was not paid up for, the dual Group 1 winner racing at Sandown on Wednesday in the $100,000 Listed Manfred Stakes leaving too short a turn around to back up on Saturday.
One of the early favourite in the D’Urban Stakes field is the Robert Smerdon-trained Eclair Mystic, still a genuine chance despite their wide barrier nine draw.
Stratum gelding Eclair Mystic is a super consistent local runner having won six of their eight career starts.
Most recently the three-year-old took out Listed Zeditave Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on January 26.
Top rated entry is the John Thompson-trained Run For Levi, the classy Hussonet colt second-up after finishing sixth in the Zeditave.
During the spring Run For Levi ran a close second to Anacheeva in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 9 beaten by less than half a length.
Zedaitave Stakes’ fourth-placegetter, the Peter Moody-trained Servant, is also backing up in the D’Urban on Saturday as they head towards a run in the $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 5.
Other notable runners in the 2011 D’Urban Autumn Stakes include:
- Group winner Hollowlea (barrier 11)
- Peter Moody’s lightly-raced son of Blackfriars Eclair Surprise (barrier six)
- In-form General Nediym gelding Dusty Star (barrier five) stepping up to Group company for the first time
Tony Vasil will be represented by stablemates Under The Eiffel, a winner of three of their four career starts and Not A Single Doubt gelding Roadtrain, both drawn ideally in barriers one and two respectively.
Meanwhile Anthony Cummings also has multiple D’Urban Stakes contenders with Gilded Spurt to be ridden by in-form hoop Glen Boss, and Kerchings.
Races.com.au will be publishing the inside D’Urban Stakes race tips later in the week so bookmark us.
2011 D’Urban Stakes Field, Barriers & Weights
|#||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight (kg)||Hcp. Rating|
|1||HOLLOWLEA||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Nicholas Hall||11||58||96|
|2||ECLAIR SURPRISE||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||6||57.5||82|
|3||RUN FOR LEVI||John P Thompson||Craig Newitt||8||57||97|
|4||ECLAIR MYSTIC||Robert Smerdon||Chris Symons||9||57||96|
|5||DUSTY STAR||Peter Morgan||Craig Williams||5||55.5||77|
|6||SERVANT||Peter G Moody||Ben Melham||3||55.5||78|
|7||UNDER THE EIFFEL||Tony Vasil||Jamie Mott||1||55.5||78|
|8||ROADTRAIN||Tony Vasil||Damien Oliver||2||55.5||70|
|9||GILDED SPUR||Anthony Cummings||Glen Boss||7||55.5||65|
|10||KERCHINGS||Anthony Cummings||Danny Nikolic||10||55.5||66|
|11||I THINK I DO||Bart Cummings||Corey Brown||4||55.5||66|