With only 16 available spots in the prized Golden Slipper event, the best of the rest two-year-old horses will line up in the 2012 Schweppervescence which will kick off an all-group day of racing at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday.
The pick of the 15 horses today named in the final field is Gerald Ryan-trained filly Flying Snitzel who will be ridden by Hugh Bowman out of barrier seven.
A first-up winner on debut in November, the daughter of Snitzel has shown promise in her young career and is coming off a third-place finish in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes last weekend.
Flying Snitzel will carry the top weight of 58kg into the 1400 metre event along with Commands gelding Proverb and last-start winner Smart Man.
Proverb won on debut in the Australian Turf Club Plate in early March before finishing sixth in the NIB Handicap at Newcastle on March 21.
Smart Man disappointed on debut when running eighth in the Schweppes Plate at Warwick Farm but showed great improvement to win his second-ever start in the Independent Gaming Handicap at Hawkesbury on March 22.
He is one of three last-start winners competing in the event that is also known as the TL Bailleu Handicap with Magical Talent and Humble Power also coming into the race in good form.
Humble Power won the NIB Handicap in Newcastle, a race that included equal top weight Proverb.
The Group 3 race is the first on a bumper card at Rosehill this Saturday that includes five Group 1 races with the highlights being the Golden Slipper and the prestigious stayer’s event, the BMW.
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The Schweppervescence 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|1||13X53||FLYING SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan||Hugh Bowman||7||58kg|
|3||81||SMART MAN||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||10||58kg|
|4||4X3417||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||James McDonald||5||57.5kg|
|5||67X1||MAGICAL TALENT||Bede Murray||Luke Nolen||12||57.5kg|
|6||2||TOYDINI||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||3||57.5kg|
|7||492||FIVEANDAHALFSTAR||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||13||56.5kg|
|8||44X5||HONORIUS||David Payne||Nathan Berry||15||56.5kg|
|9||0X01||HUMBLE POWER||Tommy Wong||TBA||9||56.5kg|
|10||24X5593||RISE TO THE TOP||Gary Portelli||Tommy Berry||8||56.5kg|
|12||8X8||STRENGTH||John P Thompson||Michael Rodd||4||56.5kg|
|13||70X76||TROPHIES||John P Thompson||Jim Cassidy||14||56.5kg|
|14||0||LASER FLASH||David Payne||Glyn Schofield||2||55.5kg|
|15||6X68||RED HOT CHILLIES||Grahame Begg||Brenton Avdulla||6||54.5kg|