The Brisbane Summer Racing action begins to heat up at Eagle Farm this Saturday with a double-shot of black-type racing to take place, one of the headline events being the $80,000 Listed Travel Associates Classic Fillies and Mares Plate (1200m).
As expected four of the five New South Wales-trained mares originally nominated for the feature chose not to accept, as did three other early entries, leaving a 12-horse 2011 Travel Associates Classic field.
One Sydneysider that could still make an appearance in the Eagle Farm clash on Saturday is the Chris Waller-trained Dystopia who came up with the inside alley.
The Redoute’s Choice five-year-old, last seen running a credible fourth to subsequent Group 1 winner Ortensia on Oaks Day, has also been accepted for the Blackwoods Galmet Handicap (1200m) on Rosehill’s Festival Stakes Day card this Saturday.
“I’m not sure,” Waller said when asked whether Dystopia was going to run in Brisbane this weekend.
“It’s 50-50 at the moment but I’m starting to think it’s doubtful she’ll go up there.”
Topweight on 57.5kg and defending champ is Kelso Wood’s dual stakes winning six-year-old and Stradbroke Handicap placegetter Zero Rock.
Coming up trumps in the Travel Associates Classic barrier draw, the daughter of Danzero is set to jump from gate three with Chris Munce in the mount, Zero Rock hitting the turf under race conditions for the first time since her sixth to Yosei in the group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle farm on June 25.
Horses that come into the race on the back of a nice last-start effort include the Liam Birchely-trained Exceed And Excel four-year-old Liesele who has run second in their last three starts and who also drew ideally in barrier two, Norm Hilton’s improving Show A Heart mare Norocos who has work to do from gate 11, the David Murphy-trained Group 3 placegetter Mossriver in barrier six and Brian Wakefield’s Bradbury’s Luck four-year-old Nuptse fresh off a three-start Sydney spring campaign.
Below punters can find the complete 2011 Travel Associates Classic field, barriers and jockeys.
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2011 Travel Associates Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw
Eagle Farm Race 6 – 03/12/2011
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||152X62236X||ZERO ROCK||Kelso Wood||Chris Munce||3||57.5kg||106|
|2||244X50762X||DUAL CHAMBER||Rex Lipp||Eddie Wilkinson||7||56.5kg||89|
|3||4110X131X6||CATASHEE||Darren Bell||Scott Galloway||5||55.5kg||79.5|
|4||110X6000X0||CARIAD||Tony Gollan||Scott Seamer||9||55.5kg||84|
|5||162227X214||DYSTOPIA||Chris Waller||Jim Byrne||1||54.5kg||87|
|6||2906X17222||LIESELE||Liam Birchley||Larry Cassidy||2||54.5kg||80|
|7||8312840X00||GENERAL SECRETARY||Brett Baker||Paul Hammersley||12||54.5kg||83|
|8||2238X251X4||NOROCOS||Norm Hilton||Jason Taylor||11||54.5kg||77|
|9||113264X112||MOSSRIVER||David Murphy||Brad Stewart||6||54.5kg||83|
|10||51X686250X||CICARELLI||Barry Baldwin||Ryan Wiggins||8||54.5kg||80|
|11||414X1134||NUPTSE||Brian Wakefield||Glen Colless||10||54.5kg||80|
|12||865X506808||BEDLUM (NZ)||Geoff Burns||Ric McMahon||4||54.5kg||76.5|