2012 Ajax Stakes Field & Barriers – Favourites Draw Wide

The Ajax Stakes 2012 in Sydney this Saturday has been blown wide open after the early favourites all suffered awkwardly wide barrier draws for the Rosehill Guineas Day clash.

Pied A Terre

Pied A Terre has drawn wide in barrier 13 for the 2012 Ajax Stakes this Saturday

Running as Rosehill Race 6 at 3:30pm (NSW time), the $175,000 Group 2 Hyland Race Colours Ajax Stakes (1500m) has drawn a big final field of 18 runners.

In a blow for favourite backers a number of the top contenders have drawn disastrously in the Ajax Stakes barriers including:

  • Pied A Terre (Barrier 13) – Consistent young Ad Valorem colt from Peter Snowden’s stables, winner of the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) two stat back before their second to Green Moon in the open-age Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m), has overcome double digit gates for both so still a chance but is above the minimum with 54.5kg
  • Star Of Octagonal (Barrier 14) – Todd Howlett-trained five-year-old was a winner over the track and distance in February before their eye-catching third to He’s Remarkable in the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1400m) last run, only time they’ve jumped from double digits from 18 starts to date was to win the Inglis Guineas (from 14) back in May 2010
  • Speediness (Barrier 16) – Colin Scott’s Testa Rossa four-year-old won their opening two this time in before a credible fourth in the Blamey, well-weighted getting in on the 53kg minimum but is that enough?

Pakenham-based Scott likes the chances of Speediness this Saturday to run a good race with an eye to other upcoming autumn features including the $500,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on April 28.

“The field looks to be of similar strength to the Blamey (Stakes),” Scott said of the Ajax.

“We’ve booked Corey Brown and I expect him to go close.

“After Saturday we’ll go to the Group 3 Doncaster Mile Prelude then into the Queen Elizabeth.

“He’s a half-brother to De Fine Lago, who was being aimed at the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups until he went amiss.

“I will be very, very surprised if he doesn’t handle the 2000 metres.”

There are plenty of other genuine hopes in the event with value to be found in the Ajax Stakes betting at bookmaker.com.au this year.

Some of the better drawn big names in the Ajax Stakes field include Gerald Ryan’s resuming Group 3 winner Ironstein (barrier seven), Gai Waterhouse’s Encosta De Lago colt Niagara (barrier 11) and Happy Trails (barrier 10) coming off a third in the Yalumba Golden Mile at Bendigo.

Meanwhile Guy Watler’s two Ajax Stakes hopes have drawn opposite ends of the field with last-start Warwick Farm winner Al Dhafra in the extreme outside gate (18) and Hood, coming off a Listed National Sprint win over 1400m at Canberra, to jump from the inside alley (1).

Check out the full 2012 Ajax Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights in the table below.

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2012 Ajax Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Rosehill Race 6 – 3:30pm – 31/03/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 4X860X05X4 ALL SILENT Grahame Begg Blake Shinn 17 59kg 107
2 X609306X50 TRIPLE ELEGANCE Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 6 58kg 105
3 561X976X07 GATHERING John P Thompson Dwayne Dunn 3 57.5kg 104
4 1120X7X490 ROCK CLASSIC Bart Cummings Michael Rodd 15 57.5kg 104
5 418055451X IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 7 57kg 103
6 3321X5660X ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 12 56kg 105
7 215X3294X3 FAST CLIP Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 8 55kg 99
8 11X1212 PIED A TERRE Peter Snowden Mark Zahra 13 54.5kg 99
9 01010X3X70 FIREBOLT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 5 54.5kg 98
10 90305X3313 STAR OF OCTAGONAL Todd Howlett Robert Thompson 14 53.5kg 96
11 1X22X6X114 SPEEDINESS Colin Scott Corey Brown 16 53kg 95
12 110X442X31 HOOD Guy Walter Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 53kg 94
13 42X21302X2 NIAGARA Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 11 53kg 93
14 803144X233 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara 10 53kg 92
15 8X990X9481 AL DHAFRA Guy Walter Glen Boss 18 53kg 91
16 2630X11138 ALMA’S FURY Paul Murray Peter Robl 9 53kg 90
17 6X1210X831 KNOT OUT Paul Messara Jay Ford 4 53kg 80
18 X531111X38 REVOLT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Josh Adams (a) 2 53kg 80