Gai Waterhouse’s former star juvenile Driefontein will wear the No. 1 saddlecloth in Saturday’s 2013 Light Fingers Stakes at Rosehill, the smart filly out for her first win in 12 months.
After saluting in her opening four career starts as a two-year-old including her protest win over stablemate No Looking Back in the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic last summer, Fastnet Rock filly Driefontein met her match with sixth to another Waterhouse-trained star Pierro in the Golden Slipper 2012.
Since going down in the Slipper Driefontein has lost her subsequent three starts over the past year but all have been by narrow margins.
Her most recent effort was a second-up third when she lost by less than half a length to Saluter in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas back at the Gold Coast this January, Driefontein to run for the first time since in the $175,000 Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) this weekend.
A total of 11 three-year-old fillies are accepted for the Light Fingers Stakes field this year and Driefontein has come up trumps with the inside alley and Tommy Berry to ride.
Waterhouse will also be represented in the race by Sherocksmyworld (barrier five) who has failed to make an impression this time in.
While Driefontein may have the gate and the fitness edge there is sure to be plenty of hype on Clarry Conners’ resuming Crown Oaks winner Dear Demi who has barrier seven and Jim Cassidy in the saddle.
The daughter of Dehere finished off a crack spring preparation with her Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) triumph on November eight and while the 1200m is likely to be short of her best distance she did finish a competitive third first-up over the 1200m in Sydney last August.
The only other last-start winner in the mix is then the Grahame Begg-trained Bennetta (barrier eight) who has won her past two races on the trot by 2.5 lengths.
The General Nediym filly was last seen beating a quality field in the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap (1300m) at the Gold Coast overcoming barrier 12 of 15 and James McDonald retains the ride here.
Other notable hopefuls then include John Thompson’s Group 1 performing Casino Prince filly Longport who won the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes last September before her second in the Flight Stakes and fourth in the Thousand Guineas, and the Joe Pride-trained daughter of More Than Ready Brave Soul.
Check out the official 2013 Light Fingers Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights in the table below.
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2013 Light Fingers Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 6 – 4:10pm (AEST) – 16/02/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||11162x2x23||DRIEFONTEIN||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||1||56kg|
|2||2x3143241x||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||Jim Cassidy||7||56kg|
|3||2x119124x||LONGPORT||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||6||56kg|
|4||113x4144x6||ICHIHARA||Allan Denham||Hugh Bowman||9||56kg|
|5||1210x5338x||JADE MARAUDER||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||10||56kg|
|6||55×211||BENNETTA||Grahame Begg||James McDonald||8||56kg|
|7||314x64666x||FLYING SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan||Glyn Schofield||4||56kg|
|8||x101229x86||SHEROCKSMYWORLD||Gai Waterhouse||Peter Robl||5||56kg|
|9||x473x1232x||BRAVE SOUL||Joseph Pride||Rod Quinn||11||56kg|
|10||01133x||SECRET DELIGHT||David Payne||Joshua Parr||2||56kg|
|11||0x10306x||ROLL THE BONES||John P Thompson||Brenton Avdulla||3||56kg|