Group 1 winner Invest heads a large 16-horse field for the 2012 Race-Tech Classic (1600m) which takes place as a key support race on the Thousand Guineas Day card this Wednesday.
The Heath Connors-trained mare tasted Group 1 success in the Schweppes Oaks at Morphetville in April in a campaign that also saw her win the Group 3 Roses at Doomben in May.
But the daughter of Dehere will have to improve remarkably from her first-up showing in the Blazer Stakes where she finished six lengths off winner Mosheen when 13th.
Invest will carry the topweight of 59kg in the mares’ race with last-start winner Oasis Bloom second in the weights with 58kg.
Oasis Bloom has been earmaked by trainer Peter Morgan as a Melbourne Cup contender for next year and is coming off a strong win over Spirit Song in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes.
There are two other last-start winners in the field, with Oasis Bloom joined by Star Of Giselle and Tranquera.
Both runners face a step up in class, with Tranquera coming off a dominant victory at Mornington and Star Of Giselle a strong win at Caulfield late last month.
Experienced mare Enchanting Waters won the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes in March but to rejoin the winner’s circle this weekend will have to show a quick form turnaround after a disappointing 14th in the Blazer Stakes.
Other horses contesting the Race-tech Classic include Patinack’s Pretty Pins, the Greg Eurell-trained Sister Norma and last-start placegetter Model To Nite.
Don’t forget about this great midweek meeting which features the Group 1 Thousand Guineas as well as two other black-type races.
Race-Tech Classic 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||03324110×0||INVEST||Heath Conners||Peter Mertens||3||59kg||100|
|2||21×701||OASIS BLOOM||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Glen Boss||7||58kg||95|
|3||51231470×0||ENCHANTING WATERS||Michael Sell||Craig Robertson||1||57kg||90|
|4||8776239×09||SECRET LIAISON||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Craig Newitt||10||57kg||77|
|5||2014316×21||STAR OF GISELLE||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Craig Williams||5||56kg||89|
|6||x3335210x3||SUSSURO||Tony Noonan||Jake Noonan (a)||15||56kg||86|
|7||9365234×18||TAI TAI TESS||Robert Smerdon||Mark Zahra||4||56kg||82|
|8||211x5077x0||PRETTY PINS (NZ)||John P Thompson||Hugh Bowman||14||56kg||85|
|9||x572431286||THE LONG ROAD||Robert Smerdon||Michael Walker||9||55kg||84|
|10||41x6225x65||SISTER NORMA||Greg Eurell||Dwayne Dunn||6||55kg||87|
|11||0301837×97||KASANE||Pat Carey||Damian Lane (a)||8||55kg||71|
|12||1477414×03||MODEL TO NITE (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||Steven King||2||55kg||81|
|13||9×62224251||TRANQUERA||Robbie Griffiths||Nicholas Hall||13||55kg||72|
|14||2226x0x229||MABSAM||David Hayes||Michael Rodd||12||55kg||67|
|15||044319×215||BARBIE DAZZLER||Louise Bonella||Vlad Duric||17||55kg||74|
|16||1x39175x52||BLUE NILE||Fran Houlahan & Brian Johnston||Luke Nolen||11||55kg||71|
|17e||x4425x1154||OUTDOOR||Anthony Freedman||Jamie Mott||16||55kg||74|