2013 Ajax Stakes Field & Barriers Announced

A bumper final field of 18 gallopers has been accepted for the Ajax Stakes 2013 at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday, a number of which are heading towards one of the richest races at the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival – the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 20.


Skyerush vies for back-to-back autumn wins in Saturday's 2013 Ajax Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

There were a number of notable non-acceptors for the $175,000 Group 2 Hyland Race Colours Ajax Stakes (1500m) this weekend including the Gai Waterhouse-trained Proisir who is the current $7 second pick in the futures Doncaster Mile odds.

Waterhouse will still be represented in the 2013 Ajax Stakes field however by the race’s 59kg topweight Carlton House who has come up trumps with barrier three – Hugh Bowman to ride the Queen’s horse for their debut run down under.

The Street Cry stallion, formerly prepared in Newmarket by Sir Michael Stoute, Carlton House was last seen running sixth in the Hong Kong Cup in December and is looking for their first win since the Group 3 win at Sandown Park in Britain last May.

There are two last-start winners engaged in the Ajax Stakes meanwhile with the Guy Walter-trained Skyerush and Centennial Park who have drawn at opposite ends of the field with barriers one and 16 respectively.

Seven-year-old Super Jet mare Skyerush resumed on March 9 with a close win in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) at Warwick Farm, last year’s Myer Classic fourth place-getter vying for another autumn triumph to add to her record.

The David Payne-trained fellow seven-year-old Centennial Park meanwhile was last seen enjoying a win three runs in when beating home Star Of Giselle in the Listed Super Saturday Stakes (1400m) at Flemington three weeks ago.

Some other horses coming off some nice recent form then include the Ron Quinton-trained Monton who was only just nudged out of the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes title by Shoot Out, Chris Waller’s Liverpool City Cup runner-up Riva De Lago who won back-to-back races at Rosehill before that, and the Bjorn Baker-trained four-year-old Havana Rey to be ridden by Glyn Schofield as they look to improve on their Chipping Norton fifth.

Other notable hopes then include Waller’s The Metropolitan Stakes fourth placed Stout Hearted, Elusive City four-year-old Famous Seamus, Strike The Stars and Peter Moody’s resuming import Voila Ici in gate two with Luke Nolen aboard.

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

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2013 Ajax Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Rosehill Gardens Race 8 – 4:50pm (AEST) – 30/03/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 34x124x46x CARLTON HOUSE (USA) Gai Waterhouse Hugh Bowman 3 59kg 108
2 1314x4315x LAMASERY David Vandyke Peter Robl 9 58.5kg 107
3 343x62400x VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 2 58.5kg 107
4 6896×29502 MONTON Ron Quinton Christian Reith 13 57.5kg 105
5 82x23442x1 SKYERUSH Guy Walter Blake Shinn 1 57kg 108
6 30x28901x6 TRIPLE ELEGANCE Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 14 56.5kg 103
7 x25740x371 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) David Payne Michael Rodd 16 55.5kg 101
8 5680x6187x RAINBOW STYLING (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 15 55kg 100
9 006×235112 RIVA DE LAGO Chris Waller 8 55kg 100
10 18×8238115 HAVANA REY Bjorn Baker Glyn Schofield 12 54.5kg 99
11 x13x24166x LIGHTINTHENITE John O’Shea James McDonald 6 54.5kg 99
12 141131440x STOUT HEARTED (USA) Chris Waller Nathan Berry 5 54.5kg 99
13 4x542x4045 WILLY JIMMY Guy Walter Rod Quinn 17 54.5kg 99
14 11x6x5x43x BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller 7 54kg 98
15 212x010x63 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith Tommy Berry 10 53.5kg 97
16 544x8939x7 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings Craig Williams 18 53kg 94
17 7x857568x0 MAULES CREEK John P Thompson Jason Collett 4 53kg 93
18 x6333211x9 SCREAM MACHINE Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 11 53kg 87