Waterhouse Duo in Colin Stephen Quality 2012 Final Field

Top Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse will saddle up a double pronged attack on the 2012 Colin Stephen Quality field at Rosehill this Saturday including her recent Wyong Gold Cup winner Julienas.

Strawberry Boy

The Metropolitan-bound Strawberry Boy runs in Saturday's 2012 Colin Stephen Quality at Rosehill

The Cape Cross five-year-old is one of just eight stayers accepted for this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m), the race considered a good preparatory run for horses heading towards Saturday week’s $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick.

Julienas is one of those paying $21 in the latest The Metropolitan 2012 odds at bookmaker.com.au which are led by Lamasery ($5) and Glencadam Gold ($5.50).

It is Waterhouse’s other Colin Stephen Quality runner Strawberry Boy however who is the best fancied of Saturday’s crew in The Metropolitan betting markets.

Paying $11 to win the upcoming Group 1, Redoute’s Choice four-year-old Strawberry Boy won their opening two starts for the season at Warwick Farm before their good third to Stout Hearted in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) last start.

Other noteworthy Colin Stephen Quality 2012 hopefuls include the Joe Pride-trained former Queenslander Racing Heart (barrier three), David Payne’s Kingston Town Stakes fourth placed Praecido (barrier five) and the Hawkes-trained topweight Fiumicino in gate two with James McDonald to ride.

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2012 Colin Stephen Quality Final Field & Barrier Draw

Rosehill Race 6 – 4:00pm – 29/09/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x00438x909 FIUMICINO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James McDonald 2 59kg 95
2 x33180x321 JULIENAS (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 8 58kg 93
3 0786132117 RACING HEART Joseph Pride Hugh Bowman 3 57.5kg 92
4 9x2510x464 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne Corey Brown 5 57kg 91
5 1331×22114 KELINNI (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 7 55.5kg 88
6 118×113 STRAWBERRY BOY Gai Waterhouse Jim Cassidy 1 55.5kg 88
7 25×5431118 DRAGONZONE Bart Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 6 54kg 69
8 2379×67632 PLANET PURPLE Kerry Parker Blake Shinn 4 54kg 63