A capacity field of eligible juveniles has been accepted for this Saturday’s Inglis Classic 2013 at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, the $250,000 feature attracting 14 starters plus four emergencies.
Due to run as Rosehill Race 5 at 3:50pm (AEST) this year’s Inglis Classic (1200m) is shaping up as an intriguing race between a few already proven youngsters as well as two unraced hopefuls.
The Inglis graduates on debut on Saturday are the David Pfieffer-trained Racingfordiamonds who suffered an early blow drawing wide with gate 17 (into 13 with emergencies out), and Gai Waterhouse’s son of 2004 Golden Slipper winner Zizou Marseille Roulette also wide with gate 16.
Three last-start winners are in the Inglis Classic mix on Saturday with the Matthew Dale-trained Canberra galloper Meticulously who won at Wagga by three lengths on debut earlier this month, Kris Lees’ Strada filly Devil In A Dress who won at Scone on December 29, and Cannyzing.
Drawn ideally in barrier two with Kathy O’Hara to ride, Harold Norman’s Canny Lad gelding Cannyzing ran second at Murwillumbah on debut but improved on that at Eagle Farm on January 12 with a blistering three length win over 1000m which they will be looking to replicate when stepping up to the 2000m this weekend.
Also coming up trumps in the Inglis Classic barrier draw with gate four is Glyn Schofield’s mount Direct Charge, Robbie Laing’s progressive Charge Forward colt sure to start one of the top fancies with the bookies and punters.
They have won one of their four starts to date with their gritty Emirates Stakes Day victory in the Group 3 HKJC Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) at Flemington last November and will be out to bounce back after a first-up sixth at Warwick Farm after a shocking ride from the ‘self-sacked’ Steve Arnold.
Expat Kiwi horseman Bjorn Baker, based in Sydney for the past 18 months, meanwhile is dually represented in this year’s Inglis Classic field with Awarewolf and Fuerza who will both be fitted with blinkers.
Alert gelding Awarewolf has all but been ruled out of the win however after their disastrous gate 18 allocation while Inglis Nursery Stakes runner-up Fuerza, to be ridden by James McDonald, had better luck with the barriers in 7.
Other notable hopefuls with a genuine chance include the Noel Mayfield-Smith-trained Choisir colt Standard Bearer and Gary Nickson’s Strada filly Sweet Kiss, third in the Inglis Nursery last month, who will get the run of the race from barrier one.
See below for the full 2013 Inglis Classic field, barriers and jockeys.
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2013 Inglis Classic Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 5 – 3:50pm (AEST) – 19/01/13
|1||72||AWAREWOLF||Bjorn Baker||Brenton Avdulla||18||56.5kg|
|2||21||CANNYZING||Harold Norman||Ms Kathy O’Hara||2||56.5kg|
|3||5416||DIRECT CHARGE||Robbie Laing||Glyn Schofield||4||56.5kg|
|4||2||FUERZA||Bjorn Baker||James McDonald||7||56.5kg|
|5||7||HARRY HOTSPUR||Kim Waugh||–||5||56.5kg|
|6||9||LAD ABOUT TOWN||Kerry Parker||Rod Quinn||13||56.5kg|
|7||–||MARSEILLE ROULETTE||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||16||56.5kg|
|8||1||METICULOUSLY||Matthew Dale||Peter Robl||14||56.5kg|
|9||2×44||STANDARD BEARER||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Jay Ford||12||56.5kg|
|10||1||DEVIL IN A DRESS||Kris Lees||Christian Reith||11||54.5kg|
|11||09||LITTLE MISS CHELSY||Tom Wilson||Blake Spriggs (a)||8||54.5kg|
|12||–||RACINGFOR DIAMONDS||David Pfieffer||–||17||54.5kg|
|13||3||SNAPPY DIAMOND||John Nisbet||–||3||54.5kg|
|14||135||SWEET KISS||Gary Nickson||Jason Collett||1||54.5kg|
|15e||–||EVERAGE||Craig Carmody||Corey Brown||9||54.5kg|
|16e||–||MR RAINMAKER||Gerald Ryan||Joshua Parr||10||56.5kg|
|17e||–||KISS ME GOODBYE||Gerald Ryan||Ronnie Stewart||6||54.5kg|
|18e||–||MONSIEUR HUGHES||David Pfieffer||–||15||56.5kg|