David Vandyke’s classy Commands gelding Lamasery is being tipped as the horse to beat in this weekend’s $125,000 Group 3 Colin Stephen Handicap (2400m), the five-year-old out to stake their claims for Saturday weeks 2011 Metropolitan Handicap.
A winner of eight of their 14 starts to date Lamasery is one of 11 final acceptors for the 2011 Colin Stephen Handicap, scheduled to run as Rosehill Race 7 this Saturday, and has opened at the top of the Luxbet odds at a quote of $2.50.
The 57kg topweight of the field, Lamasery comes into the race on the back of a heroic final-stride victory over Crafty Irna in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on September 10.
“In his 14 starts he’s never had a horse go past him in the straight,” Vandyke said.
“Anything that has beaten him has been in front of him.
“That holds him in good stead for this Saturday.”
The Colin Stephenson will be their first start over the 2400 metres, Vandyke looking to see what they have before they line-up in Epsom Super Saturday’s $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) on October 1.
“If I look at his pedigree we’re in trouble,” Vandyke said in regards to how Lamasery will handle the distance.
“(But) if I look at the horse I think he’ll run 2400 easily.
“On breeding he shouldn’t get any further than a mile (1600m).
“(But) he’s got such an economical action that he does relax in his races.”
In the latest Metropolitan Handicap odds at Luxbet, Lamasery is paying $9.50 in markets lead by $7.50 co-favourites Green Moon and Trusting.
With the Colin Stephenson proving an excellent Metropolitan Handicap guide in recent years, punters that fancy Lamasery for the Group 1 win are advised to back them now.
There are three other Colin Stephen Handicap hopefuls at single-figure odds this year with:
- The Peter Snowden-trained Octagonal four-year-old Adroitly ($7 Luxbet) coming off a big seven and a half length victory over Diamond Jim in a 2800 metre feature at Canterbury on September 7
- Gerald Ryan’s consistent stayer Ironstein ($8 Luxbet) who is a dual winner over the distance
- Last year’s Victoria Derby runner-up Praecido ($9 Luxbet) from the stables of David Payne who ran fourth to Lamasery in the Kingston Town last start
Other notable rivals include Anthony Cumming’s last-start Rosehill winner over 1900 metres Red Eye Special ($11), John Thompson’s Galileo mare Galizani ($13) drawn well in barrier four, and the Brian Smith-trained stablemates Hume ($16) and Raeburn ($14).
View the full 2011 Red Rock Deli Colin Stephen Handicap final field, barriers, jockeys and weights in the table below.
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2011 Colin Stephen Handicap Field & Barrier Draw
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rtg.|
|1||3111146X41||LAMASERY||David Vandyke||Brenton Avdulla||7||57kg||98|
|2||5553141805||IRONSTEIN||Gerald Ryan||Jim Cassidy||10||56.5kg||97|
|3||711X00X080||REBEL SOLDIER (IRE)||David Hayes||Hugh Bowman||11||55.5kg||95|
|4||5X90374507||HUME (NZ)||Brian Smith||Rod Quinn||9||53.5kg||91|
|5||056944X824||PRAECIDO (NZ)||David Payne||Christian Reith||1||53.5kg||91|
|6||X64125X007||GALIZANI||John P Thompson||Glyn Schofield||4||53kg||92|
|7||7067543284||RAEBURN||Brian Smith||Robert Thompson||2||53kg||84|
|8||0622114X61||RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||Nathan Berry||6||53kg||75|
|9||022109X410||TWO FOR TEA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Chris Munce||8||53kg||68|
|10||1682329306||SPLENDID HONOURS||Paul Perry||Ms Kathy O’Hara||3||53kg||67|
|11||414X645151||ADROITLY||Peter Snowden||Corey Brown||5||53kg||79|