2012 Silk Stocking Final Field Announced

This Saturday Gold Coast Racecourse will come to life for Hollindale Stakes Day, one of the key support races on the bumper nine event card being the Silk Stocking 2012 for fillies and mares.

Running as Race 5 at 2:00pm the $150,000 Listed Silk Stocking (1200m) has this year drawn a final field of 12 acceptors.

The top rated and weighted hopeful set to carry 58kg is the Terry Commerford-trained Montana Flyer.

Drawn in barrier nine with Larry Cassidy booked for the ride the Flying Spur six-year-old has their first start for Commerford having formerly been prepared in Sydney by Gai Waterhouse.

Out to improve on her recent poor form Montana Flyer, last seen crossing sixth behind Miss Keepsake in in a 1300m handicap at Kembla Grange in March, was competitive the last time she raced in Queensland when a good fourth behind Yosei in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) last June.

Fillies and mares coming off some eye-catching recent runs include the Robert Heathcote-trained Funtantes and the Barry Baldwin-trained Saraji.

Easy Rocking five-year-old Funtantes has run second in her last two stakes assignments over this distance beaten just a short half-head each time, most recently by Risk Aversian in the Listed Junamo Stakes at Eagle Farm on April 14.

Junamo Stakes fourth placegetter Dual Chamber is also backing up in the Silk Stocking on Saturday the consistent Toowoomba mare drawn in barrier five with Eddie Wilkinson booked for the ride.

Hidden Dragon filly Saraji meanwhile has been in flying form this time in winning first-up at Eagle Farm before their last start third to Easy Running in the listed Mick Dittman Plate (1000m).

Other notable chances include Les Kelly’s local Johannesburg four-year-old Alltherightmoves who has won six of her eights tarts to date and who handles the wet, and the Kris Lees-trained Sydney raider Next The Universe.

Last year’s Silk Stocking Stakes winner Beethog is also back in 2012 to defend their title.

Drawn in gate six with Paul Hammersley engaged the Shovhog mare has been disappointing of late, nothing like last year when she won the Silk Stocking on the back of a Junamo Stakes third.

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2012 Silk Stocking Final Field & Barrier Draw

Gold Coast Race 5 – 2:00pm – 05/05/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 165744X756 MONTANA FLYER Terry Commerford Larry Cassidy 9 58kg 99
2 100X18X622 FUNTANTES Robert Heathcote Glen Colless 11 57.5kg 98
3 762X4126X4 DUAL CHAMBER Rex Lipp Eddie Wilkinson 5 55.5kg 94
4 40X424076X FEMINA FASHION Trevor Whittington Brenton Avdulla 4 55kg 93
5 6X105X55X6 MASCARERI Peter Snowden Damian Browne 2 55kg 93
6 5X30410X10 MISS IMAGICA Michael Nolan Ms Maija Vance (a) 10 54.5kg 92
7 63150X68X0 BEETHOG Les Kelly Paul Hammersley 6 54.5kg 89.5
8 2X11163X13 SARAJI Barry Baldwin Timothy Bell (a) 1 54.5kg 87.5
9 611X1111X2 ALLTHERIGHTMOVES Les Kelly Brad Stewart 8 54.5kg 87
10 1X54327223 NEXT THE UNIVERSE Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 12 54.5kg 86
11 64X11232X4 MOSSRIVER David Murphy Jim Byrne 3 54.5kg 85
12 74394X3566 JUST BEEN LUCKY John P Thompson Jim Cassidy 7 54.5kg 79