Robert Smerdon’s stable star Mosheen is the only Group 1 winner in the mix for the Blazer Stakes 2012 at Flemington this Saturday after the non-acceptance of Hurtle Myrtle in the mares-only showdown.
Reigning Myer Classic winner Hurtle Myrtle was not among the capacity field of 16 starters plus three emergencies announced today for the $220,000 Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1410m), her trainer Matthew Smith opting to bypass the southern clash in favour of staying in Sydney for the $200,000 Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick.
Without Hurtle Myrtle the only former elite level champ in the Blazer Stakes field for 2012 is then Mosheen, the four time Group 1 winner drawn in barrier six with Nicholas Hall to ride.
Last seen running a below par fifth in the Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat (1200m) at Caulfield on September 22, Mosheen was originally Cox Plate bound but a campaign put back by a minor throat operation will instead see her bypass the weight-for-age feature and head towards this year’s Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on Victoria Derby Day.
A number of Mohseen’s major rivals in the Blazer Stakes on Saturday have suffered an early blow with wide barrier draws including the Peter Snowden-trained Scone Cup winner Raspberries (12), resuming Schweppes Oaks champ Invest (15), Hi Belle (17) coming off a first-up second in the Let’s Elope Stakes, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Miss Stellabelle (16 and Roger James’ last-start winning Kiwi raider Full Of Spirit who has the extreme outside barrier (19) to overcome.
Horses that have fared better in the Blazer Stakes barrier draw and that are a genuine chance then include the Danny O’Brien-trained Shopaholic (barrier two) and Colin Little’s Dansili mare Soft Sand (barrier one) coming off a fourth in the Sportingbet Sprint.
The official field, barriers, jockeys and weights for the 2012 Blazer Stakes – due to run as Flemington Race 5 at 3:00pm on Saturday – are detailed below.
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2012 Blazer Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Flemington Race 5 – 3:00pm – 06/10/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1x12111x05||MOSHEEN||Robert Smerdon||Nicholas Hall||6||58.5kg||111|
|2||104x13881x||RASPBERRIES||Peter Snowden||Damien Oliver||12||57.5kg||102|
|3||903324110x||INVEST||Heath Conners||Peter Mertens||15||57.5kg||100|
|4||1110x570x3||SHOPAHOLIC (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Glen Boss||2||57.5kg||95|
|5||087x1113x6||GAI’S CHOICE||David Pfieffer||Steven King||4||56.5kg||95|
|6||121x4147x2||HI BELLE||John Gunning||Vlad Duric||17||56.5kg||102|
|7||22x480x714||MISS STELLABELLE||Gai Waterhouse||Craig Newitt||16||56.5kg||98|
|8||10x840008x||GALIZANI||John P Thompson||Mark Zahra||5||56.5kg||91|
|9||751231470x||ENCHANTING WATERS||Michael Sell||Craig Robertson||8||55.5kg||90|
|10||13125x10x4||SOFT SAND||Colin Little||Craig Williams||1||55.5kg||89|
|11||1438x16x56||CELEBRITY GIRL||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||7||55.5kg||92|
|12||77432114×1||FULL OF SPIRIT||Roger James||Steven Arnold||19||55.5kg||86|
|13||11142×2337||TOTAL ATTRACTION||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||11||54.5kg||82|
|14||4233391154||BONARIA||Pat Hyland||Michael Walker||18||54.5kg||78|
|15||24081×8481||TWILIGHTING||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Dwayne Dunn||9||54kg||89|
|16||3211x5077x||PRETTY PINS (NZ)||John P Thompson||Timothy Bell||14||54kg||85|
|17e||2111727×33||ASSERTIVE EAGLE||Tony McEvoy||Ben Melham||10||54kg||80|
|18e||120x314x44||SPOT ON MAGGIE (NZ)||Pat Carey||Jake Noonan (a)||13||54kg||72|