Schweppervescence Stakes 2012 – Final Field Headed by Empress Rock

Bart Cummings-trained horse Empress Rock will be out to continue her excellent run of form when she lines up in the 2012 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) at Morphetville this Saturday.

The Fastnet Rock filly is chasing a third straight victory after winning the Group 2 Kewney Stakes on March 10 and then the fillies Classic at Moonee Valley on March 23.

Her record now stands at three wins from six starts and she has collected over $340,000 in prize money.

Otherwise known as the Auraria Stakes, the Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes is restricted to three-year-old fillies and is one of two feature races in Adelaide this weekend.

The most likely challenger to Empress Rock in the $115,000 event is Bliss Street who ran third to Empress Rock in the Kewney Stakes.

Trained by Daniel Morton, she should appreciate a drop down in class after finishing tenth in the Coolmore Classic on March 24.

Bliss Street is a winner of four races from 16 starts, with the major highlight coming in the Group 3 1000 Guineas prelude in September last year.

Leading trainer Peter Moody has one horse named in the final field with Torah set to run from barrier seven.

To take top honours this weekend she will have to turn around her 2012 form with her best results sixth-place finishes in the Typhoon Tracy Stakes and the Fillies Classic at Moonee Valley.

Leading Adelaide trainer Mark Kavanagh has three horses entered in the race, with the most successful being Rock Culture who will be out to score a third consecutive victory.

Another daughter of Fastnet Rock, she definitely has the form on the board but faces a step up in class this weekend when she competes at Group level for the first time.

Also in form and stepping up in class this weekend is Just Discreet who won two races in a row before finishing second in a 1600 metre handicap at Morphetville on March 31.

A full allottment of 16 horses plus three emergencies were today named in the final field for the Schweppervescence Stakes which will jump as the seventh race on an eight-race card at Adelaide this weekend.

Schweppervescence Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 12925X3830 BLISS STREET Daniel Morton Shayne Cahill 3 58.5kg 93
2 10X3211 EMPRESS ROCK Bart Cummings Steven Arnold 13 58.5kg 95
3 2X3216X606 TORAH Peter G Moody Damian Browne 7 57kg 76
4 7714528X74 RAHVEEL Leon Corstens James Winks 1 54kg 78
5 195X333511 ROCK CULTURE Mark Kavanagh Mark Pegus 12 54kg 75
6 8X60X90332 INVEST Clarry Conners Peter Mertens 11 54kg 69
7 2X42X33 OUR MISS JONES (NZ) Michael Kent Ibrahim Gundogdu (a) 16 54kg 70
8 2823X80112 JUST DISCREET Phillip Stokes Jason Holder 8 54kg 71
9 12X140X724 CRUCIAL Anthony Freedman Vlad Duric 20 54kg 68
10 641X513228 SPELLDANCER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra TBA 19 54kg 67
11 312X365 PRINCESS ROCK Darren Weir Chad Lever 4 54kg 65
12 26163X6710 CALL ME BISCUIT Stuart Gower Adrian Patterson 15 54kg 63
13 X32296X420 QUENCH THE THIRST Mark Kavanagh Paul Gatt 5 54kg 62
14 84X212535 ESSENCE Phillip Stokes Ms Clare Lindop 18 54kg 65
15 4X141 CRIMSON LADY (NZ) Michael Moroney Jason Lyon 17 54kg 66
16 23101 ELLDAMI Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 14 54kg 71
17e 5166X1 PENTIMENTO Michael Kent TBA 10 54kg 66
18e 7X231 AMALGAMATE Tony Noonan TBA 2 54kg 62
19e 3313 CRYSTALISED (NZ) Anthony Freedman TBA 6 54kg 62
20e 7X421306 ALESSANDRA Mark Kavanagh Joe Bowditch 9 54kg 61