Ladies Line Up in 2013 Birthday Card Stakes Field

This Saturday Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse will host the latest Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival meeting with the fillies and mares finishing things up in the Birthday Card Stakes 2013.

Arinosa

Wenona Girl Handicap winner Arinosa backs up in Saturday's Birthday Card Stakes 2013. Photo: Steve Hart.

Rounding out the action of Rosehill Guineas Day as Race 9 at 5:45pm (AEST) this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Ascend Sales Trophies Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) has drawn a final field of 14 runners, the top-rated and weighted of which is Ladys Angel.

The multiple stakes winning Joe Pride-trained Arena six-year-old is four runs into their autumn prep with their most recent run being a third in the Wenona Girl Handicap at Warwick Farm on March 16 when carrying 59kg.

She has 58kg this weekend but must overcome a double-digit gate (11) with Michael Rodd replacing James McDonald in the saddle, Ladys Angel looking to get back to her ace form from this time last year when third in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m).

Following Ladys Angel in the Birthday Card Stakes field and weights are then Gai Waterhouse’s Miss Stellabelle (56.5kg) looking to bounce back after a first-up eighth in the Wenona Girl, and the Colin Little-trained Soft Sand (56kg) who will be ridden by Craig Williams for her resuming run.

Dansili four-year-old Soft Sand, a winner of four of her 12 starts to date, races for the first time since her close second to Appearance in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington back in early November.

Adding to the form of that run was the third-up run of Appearance this time in when they scored another Group 1 title this time in the Coolmore Classic at Rosehill last Saturday.

Other notable first-up runners in the Birthday Card Stakes mix include the Peter Snowden-trained Commands four-year-old Altar and Guy Walter’s rails-drawn Brightest last seen crossing second in the Summer Cup over the mile and a half on Boxing Day at Rosehill.

There are two last start winners engaged this year with the Chris Waller-trained stablemates Arinosa,  winner of the Wenona Girl first-up, and three-year-old Dubawi filly Catkins coming off a first-up stakes win here on March 2 in the mud – the duo having mixed luck in the barrier draw with gates 14 and 2 respectively.

Other hopefuls coming off good recent runs include Wenona Girl runner-up Choice Words who earlier ran third to Steps In Time in the Group 2 NSW Thoroughbred Breeders Classic, and the Robert Smerdon-trained Shamal Wind coming off a close third in the Group 2 Centrebet Classic (1200m) at Morphettville.

Check out the full 2013 Birthday Card Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights in the table below.

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2013 Birthday Card Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Rosehill Gardens Race 9 – 5:25pm (AEST) – 30/03/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 303320×433 LADYS ANGEL Joseph Pride Michael Rodd 11 58kg 101
2 0x714340x8 MISS STELLABELLE Gai Waterhouse Jim Cassidy 8 56.5kg 98
3 5x10x4952x SOFT SAND Paul Messara Craig Williams 10 56kg 97
4 131250x48x GYBE David Hayes James McDonald 3 55.5kg 96
5 5x4429x42x ALTAR Peter Snowden 9 55kg 95
6 41221121×1 ARINOSA Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 14 54.5kg 94
7 147x1121x1 CATKINS Chris Waller 2 54kg 91
8 15x14730x4 EMOTIONAL CIRCUS Kris Lees Corey Brown 7 54kg 91
9 24x51080x8 AEROBATICS Peter Snowden 4 54kg 90
10 1314x0548x EVER THE SAME Anthony Cummings Peter Robl 13 54kg 90
11 5521×52932 CHOICE WORDS David Vandyke Ms Kathy O’Hara 6 54kg 89
12 66x716232x BRIGHTEST Guy Walter Rod Quinn 1 54kg 88
13 11×103 SHAMAL WIND Robert Smerdon Glen Boss 12 54kg 88
14 x1412847x6 NEW BEGINNING John P Thompson Christian Reith 5 54kg 85