Two horses that featured in the 2012 Sydney Cup nominations this week will take their next step towards that goal in this Saturday’s $100,000 Listed Aspiration Quality (1600m) at Royal Randwick Guineas Day.
Gai Waterhouse’s Older Than Time and the John Thompson-trained Galizani were two of the 81 stayers nominated for next month’s $500,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m), and both have also been accepted for the 2012 Happy St Patricks Day Aspiration Quality this Saturday.
Kicking off the top eight-race Randwick Guineas Day program at 1:00pm (NSW time), the 2012 Aspiration Quality field features 15 hopefuls in total with Don Eduardo mare Older Than Time and Galizani to wear saddlecloths one and two.
Drawn in barrier six with Nash Rawiller booked for the ride, last year’s Sydney Cup runner-up Older Than Time resumed racing this month with a first up third behind Red Tracer and Crafty Irna in the Group 3 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) on a suitably Heavy (9) Rosehill track on March 3.
Third placegetter in the race Crafty Irna is also backing up in the Aspiration Quality, Ron Quinton’s four-year-old Starcraft mare drawn wide in barrier 13 with Hugh Bowman aboard, as is the fourth-placed Galizani.
Jay Ford is engaged to ride Galizani from their barrier two draw on Saturday, the Galileo five-year-old looking to enter the winner’s stall for the first time since October 15 last year, which was also the last time they raced at Randwick.
Other notable horses in the 2012 Aspiration Quality field that will be looking to win the first at Randwick on Saturday include the Grahame Begg-trained Wiggle Stakes fourth placegetter from last Saturday Cabernet, Waterhouse’s other runner Upon This Rock racing at stakes level for the first time since May 2010, Matthew Dale’s in-form four-year-old Sydney’s Destiny and the John O’Shea-trained duo of Think Mink and Tigress Lily.
The full Happy St Patricks Day Aspiration Quality field, barrier draw and jockeys can be found below.
2012 Aspiration Quality Final Field & Barrier Draw
Randwick Race 1 – 1:00pm – 17/03/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||2X065300X3||OLDER THAN TIME||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||6||59kg||100|
|2||X007810X84||GALIZANI||John P Thompson||Jay Ford||2||58kg||98|
|3||517X5620X2||CRAFTY IRNA||Ron Quinton||Hugh Bowman||13||56.5kg||95|
|4||10X4532154||CABERNET||Grahame Begg||Michael Rodd||5||55kg||92|
|5||2419X3579X||FIBRILLATION||Tim Martin||Brenton Avdulla||1||54kg||90|
|6||6651X8909X||MIRRASALO||Paul Messara||Ms Kathy O’Hara||8||54kg||89|
|7||3112X74635||SIENNA RED||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||15||54kg||80|
|8||2100X868X8||RUBINACCI||Joseph Pride||Luke Nolen||14||54kg||79|
|9||3293X15416||THINK MINK (NZ)||John O’Shea||Jim Cassidy||7||54kg||79|
|10||X997021614||TIGRESS LILY||John O’Shea||Blake Shinn||9||54kg||79|
|11||692322X152||UPON THIS ROCK||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||4||54kg||79|
|12||2111732X32||BRIGHTEST||Guy Walter||Rod Quinn||12||54kg||77|
|13||33X4113X82||DANCING ATTENDANCE||Guy Walter||Nathan Berry||3||54kg||71|
|14||135X1112||SYDNEY’S DESTINY||Matthew Dale||Craig Williams||11||54kg||69|
|15||6X42601X36||SONG SHAN||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||10||54kg||66|