Benfica to represent Darley in TJ Smith Final Field

Kerrin McEvoy and Peter Snowden

Kerrin McEvoy and Peter Snowden are chasing a clean sweep of this seasons Group 1 two-year-old events in the TJ Smith Stakes

Peter Snowden and Kerrin McEvoy will be chasing a clean sweep of this seasons Group One two year old events in the TJ Smith Stakes at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The Darley team will saddle up Benfica, who was a touch disappointing when running 6th in the BRC Sires Produce. Snowden had also planned for his colt Free Wheeling to start in the TJ Smith Stakes, however the horse was spelled after an unsuccessful tilt at the BRC Sires Produce.

Both Snowden and McEvoy have won all four Group One races for two year olds this year. The pair took out the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper with Sepoy, before taking out the AJC Sires Produce and Champagne Stakes with Helmet.

The BRC Sires Produce was taken out by Hot Snitzel, and the gelding will back up in the TJ Smith.

Hot Snitzel’s form has been solid lately. He was able to win the Ken Russell memorial before running third in the Champagne Classic at Doomben. Trainer Gerald Ryan didn’t fare all that well at the barrier draw, with Hot Snitzel to start from gate 10 of 11. He will be ridden by Hugh Bowman.

Anthony Cummings is the only trainer in the race who has won it before. He prepared Outback Prince who was able to win the race in 2004 and this year he saddles up the talented Fontelina.

Fontelina has only had two race starts however the colt was impressive in winning the Phoenix Stakes at Doomben last start. He will again have Luke Nolen in the saddle.

Hot Snitzel has been declared as the early favourite for the TJ Smith at $2.20.

Fontelina ($3.20), Benfica ($5.00) and the Graham Rogerson trained Dowager Queen ($6.50) are the only other runners under double figures.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 14X203131 HOT SNITZEL Gerald Ryan Hugh Bowman 10 56kg
2 12X16 BENFICA Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 6 56kg
3 1X358X3249 DOUBLE IMPACT Jackie Crompton Chris Munce 9 56kg
4 21 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings Luke Nolen 8 56kg
5 315 LARGO DA BARRA John Sargent Opie Bosson 3 56kg
6 1X90 BLACK JAG Peter Hulbert Justin P Stanley 4 56kg
7 2110X08 MILITARY GRACE Gillian Heinrich Dwayne Dunn 11 54kg
8 15160X5232 PLAYTIME Todd Austin Scott Seamer 5 54kg
9 3332013114 DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson James McDonald (a) 7 54kg
10 08X1316 IMMOVABLE SITE Gary Bein Corey Brown 2 54kg
11 085550966 BLACK BANNER David Peoples Glyn Schofield 1 54kg