A bumper day of racing action will take place for Ipswich Cup Day and one of the key support races to the feature event is the Listed $100,000 2012 Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m).
A full field of 18 horses plus five emergencies have been named to compete in the fillies and mares event, with Peter Snowden-trained mare Mascareri set to carry the top weight of 59kg from barrier six.
The five-year-old mare has had limited racing this winter but impressed in her only start when taking out the Listed Silk Stocking on the Gold Coast on May 5.
A daughter of Commands, Mascareri has won eight times from 21 career starts and collected over $370,000 in prize money.
Heading into the race in excellent form is New Zealand-bred mare Andromache who is chasing a fifth consecutive victory.
The Mornington-based four-year-old won her last New Zealand start and since then has won a handicap event in Mornington by five lengths and also scored victory twice at Sandown.
She faces a step up in class and with a field that includes horses with black-type success including Sophie’s Spirit who won the Group 3 Herald Sun Stakes in November.
The Max Hinton-trained five-year-old finished runner-up in the Group 3 Glenglogan Stakes at Doomben and will appreciate an expected dry surface after struggling on a heavy Eagle Farm track last start.
Experienced Queensland jockey Chris Munce will ride the five-year-old daughter of Invincible Spirit from barrier 15.
Another horse coming into the race in good form is General Nediym mare Gai’s Choice who will attempt to score a third consecutive victory when she runs from barrier 19.
Trained by David Pfieffer, the four-year-old won at Rosehill first-up on May 12 before dominating the field last-start to win by six lengths.
Also set to line up on Saturday is three-time Group level winner Montana Flyer, Les Kelly-trained Beethog and last-start winner Dual Chamber.
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Gai Waterhouse Classic 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||X105X55X61||MASCARERI||Peter Snowden||Damian Browne||6||59kg||97|
|2||92612X3628||SOPHIE’S SPIRIT||Max Hinton||Chris Munce||15||58.5kg||96|
|3||5744X75600||MONTANA FLYER||Terry Commerford||Grant Cooksley||18||58kg||95|
|4||X4126X4501||DUAL CHAMBER||Rex Lipp||Eddie Wilkinson||9||57.5kg||94|
|5||2X12X60047||BALMONT||Guy Walter||Glen Colless||3||56.5kg||92|
|7||5460087X11||GAI’S CHOICE||David Pfieffer||Jay Ford||19||54kg||87|
|8||6X211227X7||HIDDEN KISSES||Robert Heathcote||Jim Byrne||2||54kg||87|
|9||17X51444X3||VIPERA GOLD||Lynn Tipper||Micheal Hellyer||8||54kg||87|
|10||1000X75614||BIANCA JEWEL||Steven O’dea||Ryan Wiggins||20||54kg||86|
|11||X262X1X111||ANDROMACHE (NZ)||Sam Pritchard-Gordon||Jeff Lloyd||4||54kg||85|
|12||646130X836||VIVA LAS||Neville & Christopher Voigt||Larry Cassidy||21||54kg||85|
|14||1263X04231||RAISE UP||Kelly Schweida||Michael Walker||13||54kg||82|
|15||7X51233X66||MISS BARWANG||Jason McLachlan||Paul Hammersley||1||54kg||81|
|16||11466X7818||SHE’S A ROCK STAR||Bryan Guy||14||54kg||81|
|17e||1327X60633||NERIANI||John Sadler||Ric McMahon||7||54kg||80|
|18e||18X3492917||FELONY FLIGHT||Tony Sears||–||10||54kg||78|
|19e||21X72412X6||ARMS LENGTH||Kurt Goldman||–||16||54kg||75|
|20e||X6X4517904||AMETSIS||Russell Cameron –||17||54kg||69|