Sophie’s Spirit Set to Soar in Summoned Stakes 2011 – Sandown Racing

After a gritty upset win in the a Melbourne Cup Day Group feature, Max Hinton’s Invincible Spirit mare Sophie’s Spirit will seek back-to-back black-type success when they line-up in the $100,000 Listed Summoned Stakes (1500m) at Sandown’s Zipping Classic Day on Saturday.


Divorces will wear the No. 1 saddlecloth in the 2011 Summoned Stakes at Sandown on Saturday

Going out as a 25-1 shot in the Group 3 Herald Sun Stakes (1400m) at Flemington last Tuesday, five-year-old Sophie’s Spirit put in a spirited to run to hold on and defeat Little Surfer Girl by a nose with Divorces a half-length away third.

The victory was the fifth of her 25-start career and first at stakes level, Hinton hopeful Sophie’s Spirit can reproduce her form for the 2011 Summoned Stakes on Saturday.

Drawn ideally in barrier four of 14, Sophie’s Spirit rises from 53kg to 57.5kg and will be ridden by Nash Rawiller for the first time.

Twelve months ago John Thompson’s Shamardal mare Happy Hippy backed up from a second place finish in the Herald Sun Stakes to win the Summoned Stakes.

While this year’s Herald Sun Stakes runner-up is not backing up in the Summoned, Peter Snowden’s third placed Divorces is.

Equal 57.5kg topweight of the field with Sophie’s Spirit, Domesday four-year-old Divorces resumed after a five month break with her close finish on Cup Day and moving up to 1500 metres second-up will be a strong force on Saturday, they must however overcome the far outside gate 14.

Other notable Summoned Stakes hopefuls this year include the John Gunning-trained Hi Belle in barrier three with Craig Williams to ride, Colin and Cindy Alderson’s Herald Sun Stakes fourth-placegetter Miss Bindi in barrier one and Sensational Report who comes off a strong four length win over 1312 metres at Geelong last Saturday.

In-form Clangalang five-year-old Hi Belle is sure to be one of the top selections in the Summoned Stakes odds at Luxbet with her strong form this season.

After winning a mile showdown at Bairnsdale in September Hi Belle travelled to the city and claimed a final-stride win in the Listed Race-Tech Classic (1600m) before finishing a close second to Ocean Challenger in the Group 3 Trojan Hand Tools Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day last-start.

See below for the full Summoned Stakes field, barriers and jockeys.

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2011 Summoned Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Sandown Race 9 – 12/11/2011

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 0X324134X3 DIVORCES Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 14 57.5kg 95
2 6X07319261 SOPHIE’S SPIRIT Max Hinton Nash Rawiller 4 57.5kg 92
3 4214X27112 HI BELLE John Gunning Craig Williams 3 56.5kg 95
4 X140116X10 HINEMOA (NZ) Michael Moroney Ms Lisa Cropp 7 56.5kg 91
5 1365X14974 MISS BINDI (NZ) Colin & Cindy Alderson Dwayne Dunn 1 54kg 87
6 1X0111X758 LIMEROCK Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 12 54kg 82
7 21243065X0 DASOUDI (NZ) Darren Weir Michael Walker 5 54kg 92
8 49X76774X2 MAQUINA Robbie Laing Brenton Avdulla (late alt) 9 54kg 72
9 2302321X75 MAYNEDA STRATEGY Trent Pennuto Jordan Mallyon (a) 6 54kg 77
10 2X160X329 SUSSURO Tony Noonan Nicholas Hall 13 54kg 82
11 6245X79231 SENSATIONAL REPORT Dianne Wynne Ms Sally Wynne 2 54kg 70
12 32X7035301 CROWN GEM (NZ) Dave Enright Dean Yendall 11 54kg 70
13 1X217 YAVANNA Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 10 54kg 72
14 6X6440X21 BLUE EYED JANE Mark Riley Chris Symons 8 54kg 62