Hobart Racecourse will be host to a triple-shot of stakes racing action this Sunday, one of the day’s headline events being the 2012 Elwick 2YO Stakes.
Due to jump as Hobart Race 6 at 2:50pm (TAS time), the $100,000 Listed Elwick 2YO Stakes (1100m) has this year drawn a final field of 10 hopeful juveniles.
The Danny O’Brien-trained Stratum colt from Victoria Bush Aviator is the only horse in the Elwick Stakes field that is unraced, all nine of their rivals having had previous experience under race conditions.
Bush Aviator could still be a no show in Tassie, however, having also been nominated for a number of Victorian races this Saturday.
There are also seven horses with a race win on their record already, including two unbeaten juveniles.
Kenjorwood, drawn ideally in barrier two for Sunday, enjoyed a narrow win on debut at Launceston over 1100m last November and race for the first time since.
Also out to retain their undefeated status is the John Keys-trained Volcanic Sky on the rails in barrier one, the Nadeem filly having taken out a 940m race at Hobart on January 15.
Tommy Young’s progressive filly Bachelor Babe in gate three is the best-tried of the Elwick Stakes hopefuls this year having had five previous runs.
Their two most recent have been their best, the daughter of Swinging Bachelor winning over 1100m at Launceston on January 4 before their devastatingly close last-start second to Gee Gee Showgirl at Hobart on January 22.
Gee Gee Showgirl is also set to contest the 2012 Elwick Stakes on Sunday, John Luttrell’s nicely-bred Show A Heart filly looking to add another Hobart win to her improving record.
Another last-start winner engaged on Sunday is the Gary White-trained Bertie’s Bells who has suffered an early blow drawing the far outside gate 10 of 10.
Other notable Elwick Stakes acceptors this year include the Terence Evans-trained Western Hero who races for the first time this season following a strong prep last time that saw them win two of their three starts, and Luttrell’s other runner Testa Gee Gee who comes off a third to their fellow Elwick Stakes accepted stablemate.
See below for the complete 2012 Motors Elwick 2YO Stakes field, barriers and jockeys.
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2012 Elwick 2YO Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Hobart Race 6 – 05/02/2012
|1||112X||WESTERN HERO||Terence Evans||Shuji Amano||6||57kg||66|
|2||1X||KENJORWOOD||Darren Kenny||Michael Guthrie||2||57kg||66|
|3||5123||TESTA GEE GEE||John Luttrell||Peter Mertens||5||57kg||64|
|4||31||BERTIE’S BELLS||Gary White||Craig Newitt||10||57kg||62|
|5||5||CRACOW||John P Thompson||Chris Symons||7||57kg||60|
|6||–||BUSH AVIATOR||Danny O’Brien||Jamie Mott||4||57kg||–|
|7||63312||BACHELOR BABE||Tommy Young||–||3||55kg||62|
|8||331||GEE GEE SHOWGIRL||John Luttrell||Edward Brennen||8||55kg||64|
|9||1||VOLCANIC SKY||John Keys||Kelvin Sanderson||1||55kg||63|
|10||426X||LITTLE SHEEKA||Michael Voss||David Pires||9||55kg||60|