The Sandown Stakes 2011, registered this year as The Alannah & Madeline Foundation Stakes, is one of the quartet of Group race showdowns running at Sandown for Zipping Classic Day on Saturday and a quality field of 11 gallopers have been accepted for the handicap.
Running as Sandown Race 5 at 2:50pm (AEDT), the $125,000 Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m) has two last-start winners engaged with the Peter White-trained Jungle Ruler and Tony Vasil’s Under The Eiffel, due to jump from barriers eight and nine respectively.
Eight-year-old Lion Hunter stallion Jungle Ruler is nearing the end of their career, the veteran lining up for their 101st start on Saturday.
Scratched from the greys-only race on Crown Oaks Day last week, Jungle Ruler was last seen winning the Peninsula Cup (1600m) at Mornington on October 30 and really needs a rain-affected track to be competitive.
At the other end of the age scale is Mossman four-year-old Under The Eiffel who is out for their third straight win for the season.
Runner-up in the Sunshine Coast Guineas last season, Under The Eiffel comes into Saturday’s race on the back of a Melbourne Cup Day victory in the 7News Plate (1400m) at Flemington.
Topweight of the Sandown Stakes field this year is the Wendy Roche-trained Here De Angles who will be ridden by Black Caviar’s regular jockey Luke Nolen at 58kg.
Other notable hopefuls include the Peter Snowden-trained Lonhro five-year-old Launay who won their only other start at the track by five lengths back in February last year, Rockpecker on the rails in gate one and the Mick Price-trained Tale Of The Cat seven-year-old Nine Tales.
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2011 Sandown Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation Stakes
Sandown Race 5 – 12/11/2011
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||X0LX79X430||HERE DE ANGELS||Wendy Roche||Luke Nolen||3||58kg||104|
|2||0023X19X60||LARGO LAD||David Hayes||Steven Arnold||4||57.5kg||102|
|3||721047X098||ORBIT EXPRESS||Steve McKinnon||James Winks||6||57kg||101|
|4||1X21263X66||LAUNAY||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||7||56.5kg||100|
|5||56X035X270||SISTINE ANGEL||Andrew Noblet||Ms Michelle Payne||5||55.5kg||102|
|6||0X58624754||ROCKPECKER||Ken Fythe||Ms Clare Lindop||1||54.5kg||95|
|7||0600700291||JUNGLE RULER||Peter White||Dean Yendall||8||54kg||94|
|8||217X960X46||NINE TALES||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||10||54kg||93|
|9||2576072X11||UNDER THE EIFFEL||Tony Vasil||Craig Williams||9||54kg||94|
|10||65X413716X||THE BIG STEEL||Matt Laurie||Brenton Avdulla||2||53.5kg||90|
|11||3X811X310||SET THE COURSE||Robbie Laing||–||11||53.5kg||72|