Carlton House Heads Ajax Stakes 2013 Weights

The Queen of England’s horse Carlton House, now prepared in Sydney by Ms Gai Waterhouse, has been allocated the top-weight for this Saturday’s 2013 Ajax Stakes at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

Proisir

Proisir (pictured) is one of two 2013 Ajax Stakes chances for Gai Waterhouse along with top-weight Carlton House. Photo: Steve Hart.

There were 27 official nominations taken for this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m), a nice lead-up race to the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick on April 20.

One 2013 Doncaster Mile hope is Street Cry stallion Carlton House who makes their Australian race debut in the Ajax.

A dual Group winner back in England the five-year-old also boasts three strong Group 1 runs including a second to So You Think in the 2012 Prince Of Wales Stakes at Ascot and their most recent start, a fourth to Excelebration in the Champions Mile on October 20 last year.

Waterhouse is thrilled to prepare Carlton House and is hoping they can win first-up for connections in the Ajax despite their hefty 59kg top-weight allocation.

Waterhouse also prepares the likely Ajax Stakes betting favourite Proisir who has been allocated 56kg.

The talented Choisir colt has had two runs this time when third to star stablemate Pierro in the Hobartville and then their brave second to It’s A Dundeel in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Warwick Farm on March 16 when carrying 56.5kg under the set weights conditions.

Following Carlton House in the Ajax Stakes weights meanwhile are then three horses on 58.5kg with Budgriguez, Lamasery and Voila Ici.

David Jolly’s smart Adelaide raider Budriguez comes off a dead-heat win with Melbourne Cup 2013 favourite Puissance De Lune in the Blamey Stakes and is also nominated for the $150,000 Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

The David Vandyke-trained Lamasery is first-up here not having raced since their fifth to Glencadam Gold in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick last October, while Peter Moody’s imported stayer Voila Ici also resumes in the Ajax after being scratched from the Newcastle Newmarket Handicap earlier in the month.

Other notable Ajax Stakes nominees and their weight allocation then include Chipping Norton Stakes runner-up Monton (57.5kg), last start Liverpool City Cup winning mare Skyerush (57kg), the David Payne-trained Centennial Park (55.5kg) coming off a black type win at Flemington, and Randwick Guineas fourth placed Rebel Dane (55kg) who earlier won the Royal Sovereign Stakes at Rosehill.

See below for the official 2013 Ajax Stakes weight and ballot with acceptances and gates to be announced tomorrow.

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2013 Ajax Stakes Weights & Ballot

Rosehill Gardens – 30/03/2013

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 CARLTON HOUSE (USA) Gai Waterhouse 1= 59kg 108
2 BUDRIGUEZ David Jolly 3= 58.5kg 107
3 LAMASERY David Vandyke 3= 58.5kg 107
4 VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody 3= 58.5kg 107
5 MONTON Ron Quinton 6 57.5kg 105
6 SKYERUSH Guy Walter 1= 57kg 108
7 TRIPLE ELEGANCE Chris Waller 7= 56.5kg 103
8 PROISIR Gai Waterhouse 7= 56kg 103
9 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) David Payne 10= 55.5kg 101
10 RAINBOW STYLING (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 12= 55kg 100
11 REBEL DANE Gary Portelli 10= 55kg 101
12 RIVA DE LAGO Chris Waller 12= 55kg 100
13 HAVANA REY Bjorn Baker 15= 54.5kg 99
14 LIGHTINTHENITE John O’Shea 15= 54.5kg 99
15 SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller 12= 54.5kg 100
16 STOUT HEARTED (USA) Chris Waller 15= 54.5kg 99
17 WILLY JIMMY Guy Walter 15= 54.5kg 99
18 BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller 19 54kg 98
19 RASPBERRIES Peter Snowden 9 54kg 102
20 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith 20= 53.5kg 97
21 CATHAY LADY John Sargent 25 53kg 89
22 MAHISARA Paul Messara 22 53kg 96
23 MAULES CREEK John P Thompson 24 53kg 93
24 PIRATE BAY (GB) Kris Lees 27 53kg 83
25 SCREAM MACHINE Jason Coyle 26 53kg 87
26 SHANNARA Peter Snowden 20= 53kg 97
27 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings 23 53kg 94