Stocks Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw Announced

A 12-horse field of quality mares has been named to line up in Saturday’s Group 2 2012 Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.

Many of these horses will be targeted at bigger later races in the spring, with the very best mares likely to contest the Group 1 Myer Classic in November.

Having their second start of the spring is the Aaron Purcell-trained Spirit Song who produced a solid fifth first-up but was excellent in the autumn.

Before the first-up spring hit-out, Spirit Song had finished in the top two in her eight previous starts including wins in both the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy and the Group 2 Sunline Stakes.

She tops the handicap ratings for the $220,000 mares’ feature with a rating of 102 which is one point higher than the Mark Webb-trained Avienus.

The seven-year-old will be out to break a two-year drought, having not crossed the line in front since she took top honours in this exact event in 2010.

One horse in consistent form is the Chris Hyland-trained Rock Princess who has not finished worse than fourth in nine starts since May.

The lightly-raced Oasis Bloom is likely to appreciate the step up in distance after failing to place in two starts at shorter trips this spring.

Trained by Peter Morgan and Craig Widdision, the daughter of Al Maher is considered to be a very promising stayer in the making.

Other horses set to contest the Stocks Stakes are the Stuart Webb-trained Bliss Street, New Zealand-bred My Chicharita and Midnight Martini.

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Stocks Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 20400×8624 AVIENUS Mark Webb Kane Bradley 12 57kg 101
2 11211211×5 SPIRIT SONG Aaron Purcell Brad Rawiller 9 57kg 102
3 x850100x93 NEVER FORGET (FR) Peter G Moody Ben Melham 1 57kg 97
4 20x3634x89 BOOKLET Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Dwayne Dunn 2 57kg 89
5 x864301150 DAME CLAIRE (NZ) Pat Carey Peter Mertens 5 57kg 91
6 1x581430x6 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 8 57kg 93
7 7344111314 ROCK PRINCESS Chris Hyland Michael Walker 7 57kg 83
8 5x38300x47 BLISS STREET Stuart Webb Nicholas Hall 4 56.5kg 91
9 15311648×9 MY CHICHARITA (NZ) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 6 56.5kg 82
10 44x1117x2 CHATEAU MARGAUX Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 11 56.5kg 82
11 21×70 OASIS BLOOM Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison Glen Boss 10 56.5kg 70
12 x375x0x123 DANCE FOR CASH Shawn Mathrick Craig Newitt 3 56.5kg 61