15 in 2013 Coolmore Classic Final Field

A classy group of fillies and mares have been named in the final field for Saturday’s Group 1 2013 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill.

Steps In Time is one of the top horses in the Coolmore Classic field. Photo: Steve Hart.

Included in the 15-horse field is John O’Shea’s galloper Steps In Time who has been the in-form mare so far this autumn.

The five-year-old has put together back-to-back victories to begin her autumn campaign, winning the Group 2 Thoroughbred Breeders’ Classic and the Listed Wiggle Stakes.

But she will have to overcome a wide barrier 14 draw to make it three in a row.

Drawing at the other end of the scale is Red Tracer who will run from the inside.

The Chris Waller-trained mare, who has been nominated for the KrisFlyer Sprint in Singapore, was second to Steps In Time in the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Classic before scoring a fighting win in the Group 3 Millie Fox Stakes.

Beaten by the narrowest of margins in the Millie Fox was Queensland mare Risk Aversion who has the advantage of carrying the minimum weight of 52kg this weekend.

There are plenty of fillies taking on the older mares including Group 1 winners Dear Demi and Norzita.

Crown Oaks winner Dear Demi is coming off a win in the Group 2 Surround Stakes while Norzita will be out to bounce back after running an upset second to fellow Coolmore Classic starter Flying Snitzel in the Kewney Stakes earlier this month.

Also out to turn around their most recent performance will be Bennetta who finished fifth when favourite in the Surround Stakes.

The Grahame Begg-trained filly won her previous three starts.

New Zealand mare Zurella returns to Australia after winning the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes at the Spring Carnival.

Others in the Coolmore Classic field include Group 1 winner Patinack pair Pear Tart and Longport, Surround Stakes second Driefontein and Victorian mare Star Of Giselle.

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Coolmore Classic 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty
1 21x3618x22 STREAMA Guy Walter Hugh Bowman 14 58kg 111
2 514x130x21 RED TRACER Chris Waller Corey Brown 1 57.5kg 110
3 8x50178x11 STEPS IN TIME John O’Shea Nash Rawiller 15 57.5kg 110
4 11x7200x53 PEAR TART John P Thompson Christian Reith 3 55.5kg 106
5 441x371x24 APPEARANCE Guy Walter Blake Shinn 2 55kg 105
6 3143241×31 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 9 54.5kg 105
7 515221×12 NORZITA (NZ) Bart Cummings James McDonald 7 54.5kg 105
8 152x1706x3 ZURELLA (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Jason Collett 6 53.5kg 102
9 6x21118x12 STAR OF GISELLE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra TBA 5 53kg 101
10 62x2x23442 DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 12 52.5kg 101
11 4x64666x51 FLYING SNITZEL Gerald Ryan Craig Williams 10 52.5kg 101
12 x119124x83 LONGPORT John P Thompson TBA 11 52kg 98
13 55×21115 BENNETTA Grahame Begg Glen Boss 8 52kg 97
14 33156x76x2 RISK AVERSION Michael Lakey Ric McMahon 13 52kg 97
15 14323×7575 IRISH DREAM Ron Quinton Sam Clipperton (a) 4 52kg 94