Norzita Leads Ace Vinery Stud Stakes 2013 Field

Bart Cummings’ talented Flight Stakes winning filly Norzita will shoot for her second Group 1 title this Saturday when she jumps one of the top fancies in a smart 2013 Vinery Stud Stakes field at Rosehill Racecourse.


Norzita has the right form to start favourite in the 2013 Vinery Stud Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

Set to run as Golden Slipper Day Race 4 at 1:55pm (AEST), this year’s $400,000 Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) has drawn an excellent field of 15 three-year-old fillies including Norzita.

Due to jump from barrier seven with Hugh Bowman in the saddle the daughter of Thorn Park enjoyed a stellar spring in Sydney last season which culminated with a Group 1 Coolmore Flight Stakes victory over the Randwick Mile.

This time in she’s had three good runs starting with a win in the Listed Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in February before running second to Flying Snitzel in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.

She raced in Sydney last start over the 1500m at Rosehill when a very close third beaten just a long neck by Appearance and Red Tracer, who run in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) on Saturday, in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m).

Back to her own age on Saturday in the same barrier as the Coolmore Norzita certainly looks the filly to beat.

Of course there’s plenty of other big names in the Vinery Stud Stakes in 2013 including the Gai Waterhouse-trained Driefontein and Clarry ConnersDear Demi who have both suffered wide draws with gates 11 and 15 respectively.

Winner of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast in her juvenile season, Fastnet Rock filly Driefontein has been right up there in all six of her runs since December.

Her last effort was a sixth in the Coolmore when beaten under two lengths where she also had barrier 11 and which she will be looking to improve on making her a nice Place chance.

Dehere three-year-old Dear Demi is also out to bounce back after her 11th in the Coolmore before which the reigning Crown Oaks champion won the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm.

The real unknown in the Vinery Stud Stakes field meanwhile is Habibi, Ruakaka-based trainer Donna Logan bringing over her blistering Ekraar filly from NZ to seek the Sydney Autumn Carnival riches.

Back home Habibi has kicked off their career in the finest of fashions winning six of her seven starts most recently the Group 1 NZ Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie when getting the better of the boys after scoring barrier one.

Saturday she races down under for the first time but her chances were boosted as one of the big winners in the Vinery Stud Stakes barriers coming up trumps with gate three.

Other notable chances include Flight Stakes runner-up from the spring Longport, the Michael Kent-trained Crown Oaks third placed Summerbliss and You’re So Good.

Check out the complete 2013 Vinery Stud Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights in the table below.

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2013 Vinery Stud Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Rosehill Race 4 – 1:55pm (AEST) – 06/04/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt.
1 2x2x234426 DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 11 56kg
2 143241×310 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 15 56kg
3 515221×123 NORZITA (NZ) Bart Cummings Hugh Bowman 7 56kg
4 1111131 HABIBI (NZ) Donna Logan Vinnie Colgan 3 56kg
5 119124×830 LONGPORT John P Thompson Christian Reith 9 56kg
6 x34015x144 ALZORA David Hayes James McDonald 5 56kg
7 12221 YOU’RE SO GOOD (NZ) Nigel Blackiston Vlad Duric 12 56kg
8 x51146x581 CAMEO Peter Snowden 6 56kg
9 123×43 SUMMERBLISS Michael Kent Craig Williams 10 56kg
10 11342 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller Corey Brown 8 56kg
11 4×12461190 CAMPANIA Garry Frazer Tommy Berry 4 56kg
12 11×4218 HOYBELL Chris Waller Dwayne Dunn 14 56kg
13 x753957x71 GONDOKORO (NZ) Pat Carey 2 56kg
14 736×354135 SHE’S A GIRL Steve Englebrecht Nathan Berry 13 56kg
15 6×417 PURPLE MUSE (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1 56kg