A field of just seven three-year-olds has been accepted for the 2012 Roman Consul Stakes field for this Saturday, the sprint one of the nine black type races on the Epsom Handicap Day card at Royal Randwick.
Running as Randwick Race 3 at 1:20pm the $175,000 Group 2 Vili’s Pies Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) has been won by some classy types over the years including Foxwedge 12 months ago who went on to win the Group 1 William Reid Stakes this autumn.
This year there are two last start winners engaged in the Roman Consul Stakes field with the lightly raced Hawkes-trained Fastnet Rock filly Jolie Bay in gate seven, and Allan Denham’s well tried General Nediym filly Ichihara.
Drawn in barrier four with Brenton Avdulla to ride Ichihara has won four of their six starts to date including the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill during the autumn and their big two and a half length effort last start in the Listed Heritage Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on September 22.
Local trainer John O’Shea meanwhile will vie for back-to-back Roman Consul Stakes wins this time with his lightly-raced Exceed And Excel colt Knight Exemplar, in barrier three with Kiwi jockey James McDonald engaged, out to repeat the feat of Foxwedge.
Other notable Roman Consul Stakes hopefuls in 2012 include the Clinton McDonald-trained Royal Rada on the rails with Hugh Bowman in the saddle and the Anthony Cummings-trained Your Song looking to bounce back from their Golden Rose eighth last time out.
John Thompson’s Listed Darello Stakes winner in the wet during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival Destruction and the David Payne-trained Queen’s Elect then round out the Roman Consul Stakes field.
The complete 2012 Roman Consul Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights can be found in the table below, the race often used as a lead-up for youngsters heading towards the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in Victoria.
2012 Roman Consul Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Royal Randwick Race 3 – 1:20pm – 06/10/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||31128||YOUR SONG||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||5||56.5kg|
|2||11×6||DESTRUCTION||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||6||56.5kg|
|3||23×2||KNIGHT EXEMPLAR||John O’Shea||James McDonald||3||56.5kg|
|4||1×4||ROYAL RADA||Clinton McDonald||Hugh Bowman||1||56.5kg|
|5||1113×41||ICHIHARA||Allan Denham||Brenton Avdulla||4||54.5kg|
|6||3×333136||QUEEN’S ELECT||David Payne||Jason Collett||2||54.5kg|
|7||4×1||JOLIE BAY||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jay Ford||7||54.5kg|