Emirates Stakes Day 2011 – Matriarch Stakes Final Field & Barriers

This Saturday Flemington Racecourse will host the last of the four exciting Melbourne Cup Carnival race days with Emirates Stakes Day to feature four Group races including the 2011 Matriarch Stakes for the older mares.

Scheduled to run as Flemington Race 7 at 3:45pm (local time) on Saturday, the $300,000 Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) has attracted a capacity final field of 16 starters plus four emergencies.


Cox Plate failure Avienus will seek a Melbourne Cup Carnival win in the Matriarch Stakes

Top-rated runner in the 2011 Matriarch Stakes field is the Mark Webb-trained Avienus who is due to jump from barrier 15, moving into 12 if the emergencies don’t gain a start.

Six-year-old Reset mare Avienus enjoyed two good runs at Caulfield including her close second to Descarado in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) earlier in the spring, but was disappointing when finishing 10 lengths away 13th in the Cox Plate last-start.

Other classy mares that have drawn wide for their Matriarch Stakes bid on Saturday include equal top-weight Femina Fashion (barrier 18) visiting from Queensland, Darren Margo’s last-start Group 3 Cox Plate Day winner Ocean Challenger (barrier 17) and the Chris Waller-trained Flying Spur six-year-old Vintedge (barrier 20).

Other notable mares engaged for the 2011 Matriarch Stakes include Guy Walter’s Group 1 Myer Classic fourth placegetter Skyerush, local Flemington based hope Influential Miss, Savabeel four-year-old Placement and the Michael Moroney-trained in-form Redoute’s Choice five-year-old Platinum Passion.

It is a bumper day’s racing scheduled for Flemington on Saturday, the action headlined by two Group 1 features with the Emirates Stakes where classy New Zealanders Jimmy Choux and Wall Street come off second and fourth placings in the Cox Plate, and the Patinack Farm Classic where superstar mare Black Caviar looks to extend her unbeaten run to 16.

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2011 Matriarch Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 855X009220 AVIENUS Mark Webb Brad Rawiller 15 56.5kg 105
2 691940X424 FEMINA FASHION Trevor Whittington Brenton Avdulla 18 56.5kg 95
3 2239X84601 OCEAN CHALLENGER Darren Magro Dean Holland 17 55.5kg 100
4 53358X0532 VINTEDGE Chris Waller 20 55kg 91
5 62633X2314 SKYERUSH Guy Walter Hugh Bowman 11 55kg 100
6 874355X963 INFLUENTIAL MISS Pat Carey Mark Zahra 12 55kg 85
7 609X177343 PLACEMENT (NZ) Danny O’Brien Dwayne Dunn 7 54kg 78
8 1141322225 DANCE WITH HER David Brideoake & David Feek Ben Melham 1 54kg 92
9 22392X5014 PLATINUM PASSION Michael Moroney Kerrin McEvoy 9 54kg 97
10 111213X017 TEARDROP ROCK Gai Waterhouse Craig Newitt 13 54kg 86
11 223X821310 LALLA ROOKH Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ms Clare Lindop 8 54kg 89
12 340135X400 STOLE (NZ) Brian Jenkins Chris Munce 10 54kg 82
13 051310X305 OUR ELLA BELLE (NZ) S. Ramsay & J. Ritchie Steven King 3 54kg 89
14 62X74X5141 KY’S THE LIMIT (NZ) Leon Corstens 6 54kg 84
15 479126X151 SEAN BAILE MOR Todd Balfour Jake Noonan (a) 2 54kg 82
16 522X625125 COLD STEEL REIN Leon Corstens Stephen Baster 19 54kg 77
17e 5590X02116 KASANE Pat Carey 14 54kg 68
18e 113X392274 MODEL TO NITE (NZ) Nigel Blackiston Michael Walker 16 54kg 74
19e 116X058X01 SHEZATEN (NZ) John Sadler Danny Nikolic 5 54kg 70
20e X149614493 SASSY BAY Chris Clavarino 4 54kg 68