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On Saturday a field full of two-year-old William Inglis Classic Sale graduates will take to Rosehill Gardens in the 2013 Inglis Classic including the Noel Mayfield-Smith-trained Standard Bearer who is out to break their maiden status.
Twenty youngsters make up the nominations this year for the lucrative $250,000 2013 Inglis Classic (1200m) one of which is Choisir colt Standard Bearer.
Set to race for the fourth time, the up-and-comer is yet to win a race but Mayfield-Smith holds high hopes that will change on the weekend when they go up in distance and back to their preferred racecourse.
After a slashing second to Regimental Pride on debut at Rosehill back in October they retuned on December 22 with a credible fourth to Twilight Royale in the Inglis Nursery Stakes at Warwick Farm.
At the same track last start Standard Bearer finished fourth again this time beaten three lengths by Swing Vote in the TAB Number One Club Plate over 1000m.
They are likely to face a similar field of rivals to those in the Inglis Nursery two back with the likes of runner-up Fuerza and third place-getter Sweet Kiss both also nominated for the Classic on Saturday; Inglis Nursery winner Twilight Royale not able to run being a product of the Premier sale in Melbourne.
Mayfield-Smith however believes the advantage will this time lie with Standard Bearer, a bargain buy for just $20,000 as a yearling, who he believes will relish the step up to 1200m at Rosehill.
“The extra distance will suit him for sure,” Mayfield-Smith said.
“If as it seems, he is going to get back, the 1200 metres at Rosehill should be right up his alley.”
The colt’s Inglis Nursery jockey Hugh Bowman is currently on suspension with Jay Ford booked for the replacement.
If successful Standard Bearer will be emulating their subsequent Group 1 winning sire Choisir, winner of the 2002 Inglis Classic, whose impressive career record would far surpass their modest $55,000 purchase price back in 2001.
The 2013 Inglis Classic acceptances will be taken on Wednesday with the field and barriers to be published here first at Races.com.au.
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