Plenty of Speed in 2012 Concorde Stakes Field

The Group 3 2012 Concorde Stakes (1100m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday is set to be run at a hot tempo.

Rain Affair

Rain Affair (pictured) and Tiger Tees will ensure there is plenty of speed in the Concorde Stakes

Ten horses accepted this morning for the exciting sprint and among them are Joe Pride-trained pair Tiger Tees and Rain Affair.

Both like to get out of the gates quickly and race from the front which will also ensure there is a good chance for those who like to run on.

Pride has predicted Rain Affair will have the class to win despite not being at his best first up and he will come from barrier seven with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.

His stablemate has drawn two barriers wider in nine and will be having his first race since making his Group 1 debut in the Stradbroke Handicap during the winter.

Rain Affair will be targeted at the Group 1 Manikato Stakes in October and one horse that he may meet there is Concorde Stakes rival Atomic Force.

The dual Group 1 winner will be having the second start of his spring campaign after finishing fourth in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1100m) at Moonee Valley.

Despite hitting a flat spot in the early stages of the first-up run, Atomic Force hit the line well and is likely to show an improved performance this weekend.

Stepping out for Clarry Connors for the first time this spring is Satin Shoes who was a close runner-up to Rain Affair in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes in the autumn.

A winner of five 17 starts, Satin Shoes will kick off her spring campaign from barrier six with Jim Cassidy aboard.

Other sprinters named to contest the Concorde Stakes are promising Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding Nobby Snip and last-start winner Mrs Onassis.

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No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 31364112×4 ATOMIC FORCE Darren Smith Nash Rawiller 1 60kg 110
2 1x1116122x RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride Hugh Bowman 7 59kg 112
3 01x20x020x TORIO’S QUEST David Pfieffer TBA 2 58.5kg 100
4 4361410x6x UPBEAT Anthony Cummings James McDonald 4 58.5kg 86
5 1x212x118x TIGER TEES (NZ) Joseph Pride Peter Robl 9 58kg 102
6 1x5x11127x NOBBY SNIP Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 3 58kg 99
7 40x250x9x2 SAINTHOOD Rick Worthington Blake Shinn 8 58kg 93
8 135x02200x SATIN SHOES Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 6 56.5kg 101
9 7x118116x1 MRS ONASSIS Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 10 55.5kg 94
10 74x123824x AEROBATICS Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 5 55kg 90