Once Were Wild Heads 2012 Epona Stakes Final Field

Gai Waterhouse’s long-shot Sydney Cup hope Once Were Wild will race against a full field of fellow stayers in the Epona Stakes 2012 this Saturday, the race one of the seven Group events highlighting the Rosehill Guineas Day action.


Aspiration Quality winner Fibrillation (#3) shoots for another victory this Saturday in the 2012 Epona Stakes

Set to run as Rosehill Race 5 at 2:50pm, the $125,000 Group 3 De Bortoli Wines Epona Stakes (1900m) has drawn a final field of 14 starters plus one emergency runner this year.

The highest-rated of the hopefuls is Waterhouse’s Johannesburg mare, former AJC Oaks winner Once Were Wild.

It has been nearly a year since Once Were Wild enjoyed a turf triumph, the five-year-old last seen finishing a distant first-up seventh to Steps In Time in the Wiggle Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm, and she will appreciate going up to the 1900m on Saturday.

Once Were Wild drew gate three in the Epona Stakes barrier draw, other mares drawing in the first half of the field including defending Epona Stakes winner Galizani (4) and the Chris Waller-trained Vintedge (7) looking to improve on her third in the race 12 months ago.

A number of the top players for Saturday’s Epona Stakes come off a run in the Listed Aspiration Quality (1600m), including the winner Fibrillation and fourth placed Crafty Irna.

Last year Galizani came off an Aspiration fourth to take out the Epona Stakes title, but this year the Galileo five-year-old could only manage to run seventh.

On Saturday Tim Martin’s grey Diatribe mare Fibrillation will jump from barrier 10 with Brenton Avdulla to ride while the Ron Quinton-trained Crafty Irna will start one on their outside from gate 11 with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.

Starcraft four-year-old Crafty Irna is three runs into her 2012 campaign having also run a good second to Red Tracer in the wet at Rosehill in the Group 3 Mille Fox Stakes (1300m) at the start of the month.

The complete 2012 Epona Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights can be found below.

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2012 Epona Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Rosehill Race 5 – 2:50pm – 31/03/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 40919X80X7 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 3 58.5kg 108
2 310X008X00 MIRJULISA LASS Gregory Hickman Damien Oliver 5 58.5kg 98
3 X05321X758 VINTEDGE Chris Waller Dwayne Dunn 7 57.5kg 99
4 007810X840 GALIZANI John P Thompson Jim Cassidy 4 57kg 98
5 17X5620X24 CRAFTY IRNA Ron Quinton Hugh Bowman 11 57kg 94
6 651X8909X0 MIRRASALO Paul Messara Christian Reith 8 57kg 89
7 9151321271 FILL THE PAGE Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones Tommy Berry 9 56.5kg 98
8 419X3579X1 FIBRILLATION Tim Martin Brenton Avdulla 10 56.5kg 95
9 6X10304040 SHARP PRINCESS (NZ) Bjorn Baker Michael Rodd 1 56.5kg 93
10 265611X627 FOXSTAR Guy Walter Corey Brown 12 56kg 94
11 9970216149 TIGRESS LILY John O’Shea Blake Shinn 6 55kg 79
12 111732X327 BRIGHTEST Guy Walter Rod Quinn 14 55kg 77
13 3X4113X825 DANCING ATTENDANCE Guy Walter Nathan Berry 13 55kg 71
14 6X852311 ALL IN LATIN Grant Allard Ms Kathy O’Hara 15 55kg 65
15e X990858135 SNAKE DANCER Keith Horobin Ms Robyn Freeman-Key 2 55kg 63