City Loving Sebring Sprint 2011 Barrier Draw & Field

Grahame Begg’s in-form four-year-old Ilovethiscity has come up with the ideal barrier two draw in the 2011 Sebring Sprint field of 14, acceptances for one of the accompanying black-type features on the Golden Rose Day programme taken today.


Ilovethiscity has drawn ideally for the 2011 Sebring Sprint

While the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) and the highly-spruiked showdown between gun colts Smart Missile and Helmet will take centre stage at Rosehill Racecourse this Saturday, another crack race on the card for Luxbet punters is the $200,000 Group 2 Sebring Sprint (1300m) – formerly the Theo Marks Stakes.

A top-class field of spring hopefuls make up this year’s Sebring Sprint line-up, many of which are heading towards a start in Australasia’s weight-for-age championship, the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 15.

One 2011 Cox Plate-bound galloper taking their next spring step in the Sebring Sprint on Saturday is Magic Albert stallion Ilovethiscity.

As a three-year-old Ilovethicity ran a close-up third behind winner Toorak Toff in last year’s Golden Rose, Begg hoping that Golden Rose Day can produce another good result 12 months on.

A multiple Group winner, Ilovethiscity became an elite level hero with their Randwick Guineas success back in March and resumed with an encouraging first-up second behind Pinwheel in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) on August 20.

Begg has named the Cox Plate as Ilovethiscity’s grand final, Luxbet currently paying a generous $51 in their Cox Plate odds for them to win.

Regular rider Brenton Avdulla will continue their association with Ilovethiscity on Saturday, the hoop excited over the horse’s chances both this weekend and later on during the carnival.

“He’ll be improved by the run again on Saturday but I think he’ll still be fit enough to win on Saturday,” Avdulla said.

The horse that defeated Ilovethiscity last start, the Peter Snowden-trained Pinwheel has also been accepted for the Sebring Sprint.

Due to be ridden by stable jockey Kerrin McEvoy, the ultra-consistent Lonhro six-year-old is the 59kg top-weight of the field, Pinwheel drawn in gate seven as they look to go back-to-back.

Another Cox Plate contender looking to improve their claims for the Moonee Valley showdown with a win in the Sebring is the Brett Partelle-trained Torio’s Quest.

The Magic Millions winning Oratorio gelding was last seen running away to four length victory in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Eagle Farm on July 11.

Torio’s Quest, a $31 chance in the Luxbet Cox Plate odds, resumes in the Sebring on the 53kg minimum from barrier 11 with Glen Boss booked for the ride.

Meanwhile, successful Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse will vie for her second successive Sebring Sprint victory following glamour mare More Joyous’ win last year.

Waterhouse has a hat-trick of horses accepted in the feature with Sydney Cup runner-up Older Than Time (barrier nine), progressive four-year-old Fast Clip (barrier 10) and veteran galloper Lorne Dancer with the inside alley.

More Joyous will also make an appearance at Rosehill on Saturday, the five-time Group 1 winning mare set for an exhibition gallop between races.

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2011 Sebring Sprint Final Field & Barriers

Rosehill Race 6 – 10/09/2011

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Weight Hcp. Rtg.
1 X124133131 PINWHEEL Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 7 59kg 111
2 10X41155X2 ILOVETHISCITY Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 2 58kg 109
3 064X39666X TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ) Chris Waller 14 57.5kg 108
4 69X3971X11 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 4 55kg 103
5 X21X59740X LORNE DANCER Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 1 55kg 103
6 315471110X VOICE COMMANDER Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 5 54.5kg 102
7 24X111142X OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse Glyn Schofield 9 53.5kg 104
8 1X01X805X7 PRESSDAY Chris Waller 3 53kg 99
9 111X86401X TORIO’S QUEST Brett Partelle Glen Boss 11 53kg 99
10 5X1121215X FAST CLIP Gai Waterhouse Chris Munce 10 52.5kg 98
11 1X170X6097 BAY WINDOW Gwenda Markwell 12 52kg 89
12 22X611214X LONE COMMAND Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 13 52kg 89
13 0X940370X9 PRINCE BRAEMAN Paul Perry 6 52kg 88
14 183X0X1X19 MASTER OF DESIGN David Payne Christian Reith 8 52kg 86