Anzac Day Stakes 2012 Final Field & Preview

This Wednesday punters are treated to a top Anzac Day race program at Flemington, the day’s action headlined by the 2012 Anzac Day Stakes.

A final field of 15 two-year-olds have been accepted to contest this year’s $100,000 Listed Anzac Day Stakes (1410m), the top rated of which is Underestimation.

Suffering an early blow with a wide barrier 14 draw Dean Lawson’s Al Samer colt will also be asked to carry the hefty 59kg topweight of the field.

Despite their good recent form with a big three and a half length win in the Listed St Albans Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, and a last-start second in the Group 3 Marsh Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville, the huge weight and wide draw all but rule Underestimation out for the win.

They give a minimum 2.5kg away to their rivals with the next heaviest weighted of the hopefuls being Anthony Freedman’s Bernardini colt Boban (56.5kg).

Coming off a smart win over 1400-metres at Sandown at the start of the month Boban has drawn ideally with barrier two for Wednesday and will be ridden by Daniel Moor.

Only one other juvenile to have broken their maiden status ahead of the Anzac Day Stakes clash is then the Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained Thunder Rain (54kg in barrier seven).

Thunder Rain won their debut at Sale on April Fools’ Day but was last seen finishing a disappointing seventh over 1200-metres at Flemington a fortnight later.

Ellerton & Zahra have also accepted for Pillar Of Creation who has the ‘visitor’s draw’ of 15 to overcome, the God’s Own gelding coming off two third place finishes for their opening two career runs.

Also with multiple Anzac Day Stakes acceptances are Peter Moody with debutants Prince Jester on the rails in barrier one with Luke Nolen to rice and Zachord in gate nine; and John Thompson with progressive Casino Prince filly Fiesty Belle in barrier 11 and Casino Bride, another daughter of Casino Prince, drawn nicely in four.

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2012 Anzac Day Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 2 – 1:35pm – 25/04/2012

# Form Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 5X712 UNDERESTIMATION Dean Lawson Steven Arnold 14 59kg 74
2 971 BOBAN Anthony Freedman Daniel Moor 2 56.5kg 64
3 0X334 TENNESSEE WILLS Dean Lawson Damien Oliver 3 56kg 62
4 33 PILLAR OF CREATION Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Chris Symons 15 56kg 62
5 3 PRIORITY ROAD (NZ) Michael Kent Craig Williams 12 56kg 62
6 HEY BIG BENDER Nigel Blackiston Michael Walker 5 56kg
7 PRINCE JESTER (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1 56kg
8 ZACHORD (NZ) Peter G Moody Brad Rawiller 9 56kg
9 1X42 MALUTI Peter Snowden Vlad Duric 13 54.5kg 64
10 17 THUNDER RAIN Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Andrew Mallyon 7 54kg 62
11 9X23 MARAATIB David Hayes Dwayne Dunn 10 54kg 62
12 4 CALLISTA Pat Hyland Ms Katelyn Mallyon (a) 8 54kg 62
13 30X2 FIESTY BELLE John P Thompson Michael Rodd 11 54kg 61
14 26 CASINO BRIDE John P Thompson Jake Noonan (a) 4 54kg 61
15 8 TUNISIA TRAVELLER Andrew Noblet Ms Michelle Payne 6 54kg 60