This Saturday at Warwick Farm Racecourse Randwick Guineas Day will get underway with the $100,000 Listed Randwick City Stakes (2200m) where a field of potential Sydney Cup 2013 runners will face off.
Kicking the meeting off at 12:50pm (AEST) this year’s Randwick City Stakes field features eight hopefuls, five of which are also nominated for the classic $500,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick on April 27.
One of these is 2011 Sydney Cup winner Stand To Gain from the stables of Chris Waller.
The veteran Hawk Wing seven-year-old hasn’t won a race since that big two mile triumph two years ago, the injury-prone stayer last seen running 24 lengths away seventh to Havana Rey in a 1600m race at Warwick Farm last month where they failed to let down on the Heavy (10) track.
Waller’s other Sydney Cup chance this year racing in the Randwick City Stakes is then Permit in barrier three with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
The Dansili six-year-old is two runs into their autumn preparation most recently running fifth in the Parramatta Cup in the wet at Rosehill.
Permit looked on track for last year’s Sydney cup winning their two lead-up runs including the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality (2600m) but failed to finish when injured during the big event.
Waller’s last start Warwick Farm winning five-year-old Marden will also join his two Sydney Cup bound stablemates in Saturday’s race jumping from barrier four with Peter Robl to ride.
Other notable stayers in the Randwick City Stakes field heading towards the end of season Group 1 include the Stephen Farley-trained Street Cry eight-year-old Gazza Guru, Steve Hodge’s relative unknown French Gift and progressive Zabeel four-year-old Tremec.
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2013 Randwick City Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Warwick Farm Race 1 – 12:50pm (AEST) – 16/03/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x826050x45||PERMIT (GB)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3||59kg||101|
|2||00x8000Px7||STAND TO GAIN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||8||55kg||93|
|3||28238×8058||GAZZA GURU||Stephen Farley||Brenton Avdulla||7||54kg||85|
|4||113×050932||KAYPERS||Greg Bennett||Tommy Berry||6||54kg||85|
|5||x856223331||MARDEN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Peter Robl||4||54kg||83|
|6||7D685x4802||FRENCH GIFT||Steve Hodge||Jay Ford||2||54kg||74|
|7||1×33857122||NOW I SEE||Tracey Bartley||Kerrin McEvoy||1||54kg||74|
|8||72114×8112||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||5||54kg||72|