Western Symbol Heads 2012 Rowley Mile Field

In-form gelding Western Symbol will attempt to record a fourth consecutive victory this weekend when he lines up in the Listed $150,000 2012 Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury.

The five-year-old has been in sensational form this year, winning three straigth races including the Group 3 HKJC Stakes and the Listed JRA Plate.

Trained by Gai Waterhouse, the New Zealand horse has drawn the plum barrier five position and will be ridden by Blake Shinn with Waterhouse stable jockey Nash Rawiller set to ride Fast Clip from barrier two.

The Waterhouse pair have the best form of any of the runners in the 10-horse field with Fast Clip coming off a fifth-place effort in the prestigious Doncaster after winning the Doncaster Prelude.

Consistent gelding Star Of Octagonal will run from the inside in his first race in over a month after running second to Niagara in the Ajax Stakes last start.

The Todd Howlett-trained gelding has been impressive in his five starts this year, winning once and placing on the other four occasions.

Paul Murray-trained gelding Alma’s Fury comes into the race with a promising lead up after recording consecutive third placings in the Ajax Stakes and the Doncaster Prelude.

Murray said the four-year-old would again be near the front this Saturday, provided the weather allowed for firm racing conditions.

“As long as the track plays in his favour I think he will be right in the finish, we are very happy with him,” Murray said.

“Although anything worse then a dead track and unfortunately we’ll have to scratch him.”

Running from barrier six is Peter Snowden-trained mare Raspberries who has had an indifferent start to 2012.

The Lohnro mare began the year in sensational fashion, hammering home to win the Group 2 PFD Food Services Stakes by 2.5 lengths before running third in the Sunline Stakes.

She then produced a disappointing effort when eighth in the Doncaster Prelude and she will have to turn that around when running over the same 1600-metre distance at Hawkesbury this Saturday.

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Rowley Mile 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 X3294X3615 FAST CLIP Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 2 59kg 104
2 312130X111 WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 5 57kg 100
3 X91104X138 RASPBERRIES Peter Snowden Christian Reith 6 56kg 102
4 730X753684 MR UNFORGETTABLE Kevin Moses Nathan Berry 8 55kg 96
5 0305X33132 STAR OF OCTAGONAL Todd Howlett Robert Thompson 1 55kg 96
6 11X912621X WAZN (IRE) Chris Waller TBA 3 54.5kg 95
7 30X1113833 ALMA’S FURY Paul Murray Peter Robl 7 54kg 93
8 51X8909X00 MIRRASALO Paul Messara Ms Kathy O’Hara 9 54kg 88
9 4410X48640 ZARA DANCER (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee TBA 10 54kg 88
10 07X770266X SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Jay Ford 4 54kg 84