A mixture of experience and emerging talents will contest the Group 3 2012 Chatham Stakes (1400m) at Flemington this Saturday as part of a bumper Victoria Derby Day card.
Among the experienced contenders in the race otherwise known as the 2012 Tab.com.au Stakes are seven-year-olds Mid Summer Music and Bold Glance who have proven themselves up to Group 1 company in the past.
Trained by Peter Moody, Mid Summer Music won the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm during the winter but has struggled with back-field finishes in two starts this spring.
Bold Glance, who placed in the Doncaster Mile in 2011, was originally being targeted at the Epsom Handicap but trainer Norm Hilton abandoned those plans after failing to show his best in the lead-up.
But he has still been in reasonable form in Queensland, having finished in the top three in his two most recent starts.
At the opposite end of the scale is four-year-old Free Wheeling who bounced out of the blocks in terrific fashion on Thousand Guineas Day to claim the Listed Hair And Beauty Stakes by two lengths.
The Peter Snowden-trained entire is one of a number of Darley-owned horses who will head to Dubai to join the Godolphin racing team after the spring.
Bringing terrific form into Saturday’s race is the Lloyd Williams-owned Fawkner who has won his last three starts including twice at Listed level this spring.
He is one of three last-start winners in the field with the other being Instinction who won the Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes at Caulfield on October 13.
Others in the Chatham Stakes field include veteran gelding Wall Street, the consistent Dusty Star and the Mark de Montfort-trained McClintock.
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Chatham Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x636060x7x||WALL STREET (NZ)||Michael Moroney||James McDonald||3||59kg||108|
|2||x722919x87||MID SUMMER MUSIC||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||5||58kg||110|
|3||9×93162813||BOLD GLANCE||Norm Hilton||Chris Munce||4||57kg||104|
|4||13x6241x11||FAWKNER||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||8||55.5kg||101|
|5||Lx704142x1||FREE WHEELING||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||7||54.5kg||99|
|6||x139x39861||INSTINCTION||Mick Price||Glen Boss||6||54kg||97|
|7||x227236232||DUSTY STAR||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Darren Gauci||10||54kg||95|
|8||x709479x23||MCCLINTOCK||Mark de Montfort||Ms Lauri Wray||9||54kg||89|
|9||644×424634||MORANT||Damien Williams||Craig Williams||1||54kg||89|
|10||221023×848||RENEWED VITALITY||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||2||54kg||86|