Unbeaten filly Ichihara is the horse to beat in the Group 3 2012 Kindergarten Stakes at Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens this Saturday.
Run over 1100 metres, the Kindergarten Stakes will see a six-horse field of two-year-old horses compete for the top share of $125,000.
Trained by Allan Denham, Ichihara is coming off a win in the Golden Slipper qualifier the Magic Night Stakes.
She beat a host of slipper contenders past the post and earned ballot exemption for the prized two-year-old event but her owners opted out of paying the late entry fee to run the horse last weekend.
Leading Sydney jockey Corey Brown rode her to victory in the Magic Night Stakes and he will again be in charge when she runs from barrier three in the first race at Randwick this Saturday.
Ichihara burst on to the scene in March when winning by more than a length on debut in Wyong and then went on to win the Schweppes Plate at Warwick Farm before taking out the Magic Night Stakes.
Anthony Cummings-trained filly Agueda looks the most likely contender capable of challenging Ichihara after showing promise in her five starts to date.
She produced her maiden victory at Warwick Farm in late January and is coming off a fourth-place effort in the Group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes at Randwick on March 17.
Other horses set to run in the Kindergarten Stakes this weekend include Gary Portelli-trained Ptolemy and first-time runner Oh Barbie.
The Kindergarten Stakes is one of the support acts on an all group nine-race card that will run at Randwick this Saturday.
Highlight races on the bumper card are the Group 1 Australian Derby, TJ Smith Stakes and the Sires Produce Stakes which will see unbeaten colts Pierro and All Too Hard go head to head for the first time.
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2012 Kindergarten Stakes – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|1||24X||DANCES ON STARS (NZ)||Gerald Ryan||Glyn Schofield||1||56.5kg|
|2||0X52||PTOLEMY||Gary Portelli||Nash Rawiller||4||56.5kg|
|3||111||ICHIHARA||Allan Denham||Corey Brown||3||54.5kg|
|4||32124||AGUEDA||Anthony Cummings||Hugh Bowman||6||54.5kg|
|5||52X521||GOLD BENDER||Mark de Montfort||Mathew Cahill||5||54.5kg|
|6||–||OH BARBIE||Paul Cave||Nathan Berry||2||54.5kg 1|