12-Horse The BMW Field 2013 Released

The second biggest race on the Golden Slipper Day program at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday will be the lucrative 2013 The BMW where a quality field of 12 weight-for-age hopefuls is engaged to face off.

Fiveandahalfstar

Fiveandahalfstar (inside) will contest The BMW - Australian Derby double over the next two Saturdays. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

Due to jump as Rosehill Race 5 at 2:35pm (AEST) the $2.25 million Group 1 The BMW Stakes (2400m) is one of five Group 1 features at the meeting and is shaping up as a top showdown in 2013 between some nice staying types.

Sure-to-be favourite is Anthony Cummings’ perennial second placegetter Fiveandahalfstar, winner of last year’s Victoria Derby, who has drawn barrier six with Hugh Bowman to ride.

Runner-up in all four of their assignments this time in, the talented Hotel Grand three-year-old races in their third straight Group 1 race after their close second to Super Cool in the Australian Cup at Flemington and then to Foreteller in the Ranvet Stakes over 2000m at Rosehill on March 23.

Fiveandahalfstar has a tough couple of weeks ahead as they are likely to back-up after The BMW a week later in the $1.5 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick where they will face It’s A Dundeel who won the Rosehill Guineas, a race Cummings opted to bypass.

“The Rosehill Guineas was there if I thought he needed to run before the BMW,” Cummings explained.

“But I decided against it.

“It’s A Dundeel seems to be the one to beat in the Derby but we’ll get through the BMW first.”

Upset Ranvet Stakes winner Foreteller is also backing up in The BMW 2013 as are third and fourth placegetters Maluckyday, runner-up in the 2010 Melbourne Cup, and Anthony Freedman’s reigning Doomben Cup champion Mawingo.

The Chris Waller-trained Dansili six-year-old Foreteller steps up to the mile and a half for the first time on Saturday which is the unknown factor as they vie for back-to-back elite levels.

Along with Foreteller Waller has also accepted for two other hopefuls in The BMW field this year with Kelinni on the rails as they look to bounce back from a Ranvet Stakes sixth with Nash Rawiller to ride and his imported European stayer Gatewood, winner of the Geelong Cup in the spring.

Also in the mix are the likes of Grahame Begg’s Group 1 winning mare Silent Achiever, the Tony McEvoy-trained improver Le Roi, recent Auckland Cup winner Sangster whose connections paid the hefty $60,000 late entry to get them into the mix and reigning Sydney Cup champ Niwot.

See below for the full 2013 The BMW field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2013 The BMW Final Field & Barrier Draw

Rosehill Race 5 – 2:35pm (AEST) – 06/04/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 0649×25171 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 9 59kg 112
2 13x08x2404 MAWINGO (GER) Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 4 59kg 107
3 x00800x648 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Rodd 7 59kg 107
4 141214×596 KELINNI (IRE) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 1 59kg 105
5 x80250x563 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 5 59kg 104
6 132716×679 GATEWOOD (GB) Chris Waller Corey Brown 10 59kg 103
7 x296821514 KUTCHINSKY Danny O’Brien Blake Shinn 11 59kg 91
8 09×0021117 SANGSTER (NZ) T Busuttin & N Young Steven Arnold 3 58.5kg 110
9 x4x51111x3 LE ROI (GER) Tony McEvoy Glyn Schofield 2 58kg 97
10 321×311 HATHRAS (GB) Kris Lees Christian Reith 12 58kg 77
11 36x414x245 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James James McDonald 8 56.5kg 110
12 55111×2222 FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Anthony Cummings Hugh Bowman 6 54.5kg 110