This Easter Saturday the elite Golden Slipper Day racing action will come to a close with the Cellabrations HKJC Stakes 2012, an event punters might also know as the Neville Sellwood Stakes.
Running as Rosehill Gardens Race 9 at 5:10pm, the $125,000 Group 3 Cellarbrations HKJC Stakes (2000m) has drawn a final field of 14 gallopers, five of which come off a last start win.
Of the last start winners engaged the most notable are the David Hayes-trained Albury Gold Cup champ Extra Zero drawn out wide in barrier 13, country Cups champion Izababe coming off a good win in the Wellington Cup, and the John Thompson-trained Maules Creek in barrier 10 with Jim Cassidy to ride.
Last seen running away to beat Group 1 winner Herculian Prince home in the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) on March 12, Redoute’s Choice four-year-old Maules Creek also ran a good third to Praecido two starts back at Rosehill over 2000-metres in the Parramatta Cup.
Gai Waterhouse, who will saddle up five juveniles in the $3.5 million Group 1 2012 Golden Slipper on Saturday, will also have two chances in the last with Western Symbol (barrier six) and Charing Cross (barrier 14), both of which are also last start winners.
Anthony Cummings’ upset Ranvet Stakes winner last autumn as a $101 roughie, Zavite, also gets their chance on Saturday with the 59kg topweight to jump from gate four with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle.
Also drawn ideally for the HKJC Stakes is Ron Quinton’s smart Starcraft mare Crafty Irna in barrier two with Craig Newitt to ride.
The four-year-old has been in good form over her three starts this autumn, Crafty Irna most recently finishing a length away second behind Fibrillation in the Group 3 Epona Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill last Saturday.
See below for the full 2012 Cellarbrations HKJC Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights.
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2012 Cellarbrations HKJC Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Gardens Race 9 – 5:10pm – 07/04/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||0X0189X000||ZAVITE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||Dwayne Dunn||4||59kg||107|
|2||10225X5871||EXTRA ZERO||David Hayes||Nash Rawiller||13||56kg||101|
|3||X5864X8X60||SNOW ALERT||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||5||54.5kg||98|
|4||7X5620X242||CRAFTY IRNA||Ron Quinton||Craig Newitt||2||54kg||99|
|5||117X314231||MAULES CREEK||John P Thompson||Jim Cassidy||10||54kg||97|
|6||0X0770X595||BID SPOTTER||Graeme Rogerson||Michael Rodd||1||54kg||95|
|7||59246X8085||BEIJING BOY (NZ)||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||9||54kg||93|
|8||X990X94810||AL DHAFRA||Guy Walter||Ms Kathy O’Hara||8||54kg||91|
|9||319X662624||WORLD WIDE||Bede Murray||Blake Shinn||11||54kg||90|
|10||564410X486||ZARA DANCER (NZ)||Jim & Greg Lee||Adam Hyeronimus (a)||12||54kg||90|
|11||1X419FX761||IZABABE||Peter Nestor||Corey Brown||7||54kg||89|
|12||42X8688072||SOUTHERN SKYE||Paul Perry||Brenton Avdulla||3||54kg||87|
|13||23312130X1||WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||6||54kg||86|
|14||135X8X1381||CHARING CROSS||Gai Waterhouse||Peter Robl||14||54kg||81|