A small six-horse field has been named to contest the Group 3 2013 Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m) which stands as one of the key support races on the Australian Guineas Day card at Flemington on Saturday.
One of the more exciting gallopers in the field is Jolie Blond who will be stepping up to Group level for the first time.
The Mark Riley-trained four-year-old is still untapped, having had just eight starts, but has scored four career wins including two consecutively at her most recent outings.
Leading Victorian trainer Peter Moody has accepted with two last-start winners with Thy set to kick off his autumn campaign and There’s Only One out to continue her strong early season form.
There’s Only One backed up her consistent winter form when resuming earlier this month to claim the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes.
Group 1 placegetter Thy was restricted to just one spring start, an open handicap which she won in convincing fashion at Caulfield.
Out to exact revenge on Jolie Blonde will be Sheila’s Star who finished third behind the in-form mare in the Listed Hareeba Stakes at her last start.
Still trying to find her way this autumn is Michael Moroney-trained mare Bonnie Mac who has been solid without getting a result so far from three starts.
The winner of five of 11 starts was just off the pace when fourth in the Group 2 Australia Stakes and fifth in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes at her past two outings.
The other Frances Tressaday Stakes runners are Bellmaine Stakes third placegetter Koonoomoo and team Hawkes-trained mare Tavarnelle.
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Frances Tressady Stakes 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||484x2113x1||THERE’S ONLY ONE||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||5||57kg||99|
|2||3x7221x537||KOONOOMOO||Rod Grantley||Steven Arnold||3||57kg||95|
|3||x11190x645||BONNIE MAC (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Kerrin McEvoy||1||56kg||94|
|4||4x112x6411||JOLIE BLONDE||Mark Riley||Luke Currie||2||56kg||97|
|5||1112x900x3||SHEILA’S STAR||Mick Price||Dwayne Dunn||7||54kg||94|
|6||2x41343x1x||THY (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||4||54kg||88|
|7||106x81729x||TAVARNELLE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Glen Boss||6||54kg||78|