Norzita Heads 2013 Kewney Stakes Field & Barriers

Bart Cummings Flight Stakes champion Norzita was the big winner in the Kewney Stakes 2013 barrier draw, the sure-to-be-favourite drawing ideally in gate three for Saturday’s Newmarket Handicap Day showdown at Flemington Racecourse.


Flight Stakes winner Norzita runs second-up in the 2013 Kewney Stakes on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

The daughter of Thorn Park, winner of the Group 1 Flight Stakes over the Randwick mile last October, is one of 13 three-year-old fillies engaged in this year’s $220,000 Group 2 A.V. Kewney Stakes (1400m) which is a nice lead-up race for future autumn features including the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) in Sydney on March 23.

Having come up trumps with the barrier Norzita looks on track to secure her third win on the trot having won the Listed Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) with ease first-up at Moonee Valley last month.

Also coming via the Typhoon Tracy Stakes is this year’s fourth placed Proper Madam, the Stratum filly having been beaten six lengths by Norzita.

Meanwhile there are four other last-start winners in the Kewney Stakes including the Peter Moody-trained Meliora and David Hayes’ Redoute’s Choice filly Alzora.

Ad Valorem filly Meliora contested her first Group race last start at Caulfield on Blue Diamond Day and easily accounted for a similar field of rivals when putting an impressive 3.5 lengths on Members Joy to win the Group 3 Armanasco Stakes (1400m).

Fifth to Dear Demi in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) on the back of an Ethereal Stakes win last spring, Alzora resumed racing on February 16 and enjoyed a tight win in the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) an effort she will be looking to repeat when she returns to the track this weekend.

Hayes meanwhile has also accepted for the lightly-raced Red Fez who won her opening two career starts earlier this year before her third behind Meliora and Members joy in the Armanasco Stakes.

Other notable hopefuls include Robert Smerdon’s Armanasco Stakes runner-up Members Joy in gate four with Glen Boss to ride, The Vanity third place-getter Petite Diablesse and the Danny O’Brien-trained Keep De Rose who runs first-up after a Melbourne Cup Carnival win back in early November.

See below for the full 2013 TAB Kewney Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2013 Kewney Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 5 – 2:35pm (AEST) – 09/03/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 515221×1 NORZITA (NZ) Bart Cummings Steven Arnold 3 55.5kg 103
2 x01520x422 MEMBERS JOY Robert Smerdon Glen Boss 4 55.5kg 84
3 2411×51641 MELIORA Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 10 55.5kg 89
4 38x34015x1 ALZORA David Hayes Nicholas Hall 6 55.5kg 88
5 14x64666x5 FLYING SNITZEL Gerald Ryan Craig Williams 12 55.5kg 82
6 x531944x56 BALACLAVA LADY Nigel Blackiston Tim Clark 2 55.5kg 67
7 2101x KEEP DE ROSE (NZ) Danny O’Brien Craig Newitt 8 55.5kg 70
8 1x516409x4 PROPER MADAM Jason Warren Ben Melham 7 55.5kg 70
9 113 RED FEZ David Hayes Brett Prebble 9 55.5kg 70
10 59×113 PETITE DIABLESSE Greg Eurell Vlad Duric 5 55.5kg 71
11 1061 MYBENZ Stuart Webb 11 55.5kg 65
12 15070x LA ZUMA Michael Moroney Michael Rodd 1 55.5kg 62
13 146 SHILLY SHALLY MISS Nigel Blackiston James Winks 13 55.5kg 62