The Doomben Roses 2012 Final Field & Barrier Draw

The crucial lead-up race for three-year-old fillies heading towards the classic Queensland Oaks will run at Doomben this Saturday with a capacity field accepted for the 2012 The Doomben Roses.

Angel Of Mercy

BTC Cup Day winner Angel Of Mercy will jump one of the favourites in the 2012 The Roses at Doomben this Saturday

Due to jump at 2:30pm as Doomben Race 5 the $175,000 Group 3 Hidden Dragon The Roses (2000m) has drawn 16 starters plus five emergencies, the bulk of which are looking to stake their claims for the $400,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 2.

Current favourite in the Queensland Oaks odds at bookies around the country is Shaune Ritchie’s New Zealand Oaks winner Miss Artistic.

The daughter of Darci Brahma will get her chance to improve on her fourth to Scorpio Queen in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) last start, which was her Australian debut and which was run on a Heavy (8) track.

On Saturday Chris Munce retains the ride with Miss Artistic drawn in barrier nine.

If successful Miss Artistic will become the second New Zealand-trained filly to take out The Roses in as many years following the success of Scarlett Lady, who went on to win last year’s Queensland Oaks as well, 12 months ago

Gold Coast Bracelet winner Scorpio Queen is also backing up in The Roses, Chris Waller’s Choisir filly drawn in barrier 12.

Other fillies coming via the GC Bracelet include runner-up Secret Garden and third placegetter Anagold who pay $31 and $21 respectively in the latest Queensland Oaks odds.

Paul Nolan’s Toowoomba galloper Secret Garden won three on the trot before her Gold Coast Bracelet defeat and will get the inside run from barrier one on Saturday, while Anagold has drawn wide with 17.

Also suffering an early blow with an outside gate for The Roses is the Gerald Ryan-trained Angel Of Mercy who is the close second favourite behind Miss Artistic in the Queensland Oaks betting markets.

Due to be ridden by Corey Brown the Hussonet filly has won her last two starts with a win in the Listed James HB Carr Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 28 followed by her good win over the Doomben mile last Saturday.

“She’s come through her race really well,” Ryan said.

“The back-up won’t be a worry and if she’s as strong at the end of 2000 metres as I think she will be, then we will go on to the Oaks.”

Other notable The Roses hopefuls this year include the John Sargent-trained NZ Oaks third placegetter Quintessential, fellow Kiwi filly Dowager Queen prepared by last year’s winning trainer Graeme Rogerson, the John Thompson-trained Pretty Pins and Peter Snowden’s Lonhro filly Angelus coming off a super six length win over 1600m at the Sunshine Coast from last Saturday.

The complete 2012 The Roses field, barriers, jockeys and weights can be found in the table below.

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2012 The Roses Final Field & Barrier Draw

Doomben Race 5 – 2:30pm – 19/05/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 3232596X64 DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ) Lee Freedman & Graeme Rogerson Glyn Schofield 7 56.5kg 88
2 60X9033241 INVEST Clarry Conners Peter Mertens 6 56.5kg 97
3 7520446X40 PLAYTIME Todd Austin Jason Taylor 15 56.5kg 79
4 1144435114 MISS ARTISTIC (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Chris Munce 9 56.5kg 95
5 6X21537611 ANGEL OF MERCY Gerald Ryan Corey Brown 19 56.5kg 93
6 1X0X211X61 SCORPIO QUEEN Chris Waller 12 56.5kg 86
7 1313211X50 PRETTY PINS (NZ) John P Thompson Michael Cahill 10 56.5kg 86
8 11X1154002 GOLDSLICK Liam Birchley Paul Hammersley 14 56.5kg 78
9 71X2113334 QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ) John Sargent Damian Browne 16 56.5kg 88
10 3X5211X301 ANGELUS Peter Snowden 5 56.5kg 75
11 X77044X792 VITTORIA (NZ) Michael Kent Opie Bosson 11 56.5kg 67
12 X585161112 SECRET GARDEN Paul Nolan (Jnr) Grant Cooksley 1 56.5kg 77
13 3X14810220 ROCKSAN Toby Edmonds Jeff Lloyd 2 56.5kg 71
14 X011015036 TYCOON’S HEART David Kelly Brad Stewart 21 56.5kg 72
15 62231X377 URBAN ROCKER Chris Waller 8 56.5kg 68
16 0X44611133 ANAGOLD Bryan Guy Jim Byrne 17 56.5kg 73
17e 312202 ROCK HIT Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 13 56.5kg 68
18e 515411 TUSKEGEE HAWK Len Treloar 3 56.5kg 73
19e 04114X6391 PRECIOUS MANDY Maryann Thexton 4 56.5kg 73
20e X222X11362 ENDLESS SHADOW Robert Heathcote 18 56.5kg 70
21e 7X23104 AMALGAMATE Tony Noonan 20 56.5kg 62