Full 2012 Edward Manifold Stakes Field Named

A full 16-horse field has been announced to contest the Group 2 2012 Edward Manifold Stakes (1610m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Commanding Jewel

Commanding Jewel is one of the top Edward Manifold Stakes Entrants

The $220,000 event stands to be an exciting and crucial contest as it gives all the horses a final chance to press their claims for a berth in the 2012 Thousand Guineas on October 17.

Among the top runners in the Edward Manifold Stakes is Commanding Jewel who won the first two starts of her career before being narrowly beaten by Lady Of Harrods in the Thousand Guineas Prelude on September 22.

In a boost to the three-quarter sister of Atlantic Jewel’s chances regular jockey Damien Oliver has won an appeal and is free to ride her this weekend.

Heading into the race in form is Darley filly Cameo who will be stepping up in class and having her first race in the Melbourne direction after consecutive wins at Wyong and Newcastle last month.

Cameo is one of four last-start winners in the field with the others being Maybe Discreet, Zydeco and Operation Twist.

Adelaide filly Maybe Discreet has gradually improved throughout her srping campaign and was particularly impressive last month when winning the Listed Morphetville Guineas (1600m) by three lengths.

Robert Smerdon-trained filly Members Joy showed she was up to stakes class when winning the Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) early last month but will have to overcome a a wide barrier 13 draw.

Other Edward Manifold Stakes runners include Patinack pair Real Stolle and Affable, Jason Warren-trained filly Proper Madam and New Zealand product Kate who will be having her first start on Australian soil.

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Edward Manifold Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1x249x015 MEMBERS JOY Robert Smerdon Nicholas Hall 13 55.5kg 80
2 51x086x990 REAL STOLLE John P Thompson Michael Rodd 1 55.5kg 70
3 1x6321x70 AFFABLE John P Thompson Mark Zahra 11 55.5kg 72
4 2×1521 MAYBE DISCREET Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 16 55.5kg 76
5 112 COMMANDING JEWEL Leon Corstens Damien Oliver 10 55.5kg 78
6 1×51640 PROPER MADAM Jason Warren Craig Newitt 5 55.5kg 70
7 3122 WALK WITH ATTITUDE Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 15 55.5kg 66
8 7×511 CAMEO Peter Snowden Steven Arnold 3 55.5kg 66
9 7×810 LONHRUGE Robbie Laing Ben Melham 6 55.5kg 65
10 370×116 KATE (NZ) Wayne Hillis Glen Boss 8 55.5kg 66
11 34x438x34 ALZORA David Hayes Michael Walker 12 55.5kg 58
12 146 SHOWMYA MISS (NZ) Mick Price Steven King 7 55.5kg 64
13 2×18 SPITFIRE LADY Michael Moroney TBA 14 55.5kg 62
14 721 OPERATION TWIST Andrew Noblet Ben Melham 4 55.5kg 62
15 61 ZYDECO Anthony Freedman Vlad Duric 17 55.5kg 62
16 452 ZAZPARELLA Michael Moroney TBA 9 55.5kg 60
17e 5 FINNEGAN BEGINEGAN Paul Banks Darren Gauci 2 55.5kg 58