Mannerism Stakes 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

The final field for the Group 3 2013 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) has been announced which takes place as a key support race on the bumper nine-event program at Caulfield on Saturday.

Spirit Song will carry the topweight of 59kg in the Mannerism Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Eleven horses have been named to contest the $150,000 mares-only event including Group 1 placegetter Spirit Song.

The Aaron Purcell-trained mare will carry the topweight of 59kg for what will be her first start since a consistent spring campaign.

Spirit Song did not record victory from six spring starts but was among the minor placings four times including finishing second to Solzehnitsyn in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap.

Also running first-up after a strong spring campaign is Star Of Giselle who won three of five spring outings including the Group 3 Tesio Stakes and the Listed Race-Tech Classic.

In terrific form heading into Saturday is David Hayes-trained four-year-old Rose Pattern who backed up three consecutive victories at Sydney and Melbourne tracks to finish third in the Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy at Hobart on February 3.

Returning to defend her Mannerism Stakes title is Hi Belle who will carry 58kg from barrier 10.

The daughter of Clangalang typically performs well fresh which was evident during the spring when she finished runner-up in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes.

Leading Victorian trainer Peter Moody has two runners, accepting with both Never Forget and Storm Burst.

Import Never Forget was a Group 2 winner in France but is yet to make an impact in three starts on Australian soil.

Storm Burts was a consistent performer during the spring and is coming off a runner-up finish at Sale earlier this month.

Others in the Mannerism Stakes field include last-start winner Family Crest and Michael Kent’s Goldslick.

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Mannerism Stakes 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 11x522230x SPIRIT SONG Aaron Purcell Brad Rawiller 7 59kg 105
2 147x20054x HI BELLE John Gunning Vlad Duric 10 58kg 101
3 316x21118x STAR OF GISELLE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Kerrin McEvoy 1 58kg 100
4 036×241431 FAMILY CREST (NZ) Robbie Griffiths Ryan Maloney 6 57kg 80
5 21321133×2 STORM BURST Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 2 56kg 90
6 6×16351113 ROSE PATTERN David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 5 56kg 85
7 39115420×7 BONARIA Pat Hyland Craig Williams 4 56kg 84
8 50100x93x8 NEVER FORGET (FR) Peter G Moody Daniel Stackhouse 3 55kg 96
9 0031×58614 GOLDSLICK Michael Kent Glen Boss 8 55kg 85
10 112×11824 VIBRANT ROUGE Glenn Thornton Damien Thornton (a) 9 55kg 78
11 5125×54523 MINNIE DOWNS Brian Cox Craig Newitt 11 55kg 68