Julienas Heads 2013 Chairman’s Quality Field

Early Sydney Cup favourite Julienas heads a strong field for the Group 2 2013 Chairman’s Quality (2600m) which will take place at Randwick on Saturday.

Julienas heads the Chairman's Quality field. Photo: Steve Hart.

Julienas is joined by a number of other Sydney Cup hopefuls in what is a traditional lead-up race to the autumn’s greatest staying test on April 27.

Trained by Gai Waterhouse, the six-year-old will chase a third straight win this weekend, having taken out the Sky High Stakes and the NE Manion Cup in convincing fashion last month.

Julienas will carry 58kg on Saturday, 0.5kg less than Lloyd Williams-owned topweight Mourayan.

Mourayan will be having his first start in Sydney this campaign after running eighth in the Australian Cup at Flemington on March 9.

The  tough seven-year-old stayer won the Group 3 Craven Plate at Randwick last year before running seventh in the Melbourne Cup.

Heading into the race in strong form is Chris Waller-trained import Permit who is coming off consecutive seconds in the Listed Randwick City Stakes and the NE Manion Cup.

The Dansili gelding started as favourite in last year’s Sydney Cup before going amiss during the race.

Epona Stakes winner Aliyana Tilde will attempt to score back-to-back victories and was a Group 1 runner-up in last year’s Australian Oaks.

Peter Moody has sent Vatuvei to Sydney in search of a staying trip after he won the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) in the spring. He joins Thy as one of two Moody-trained runners in the field.

Backing up a week after finishing seventh in the BMW is Hathras who joins the majority of the field at the minimum weight of 53kg.

Out to confirm his Sydney Cup credentials is Randwick City Stakes winner Tremec while Saintly Sun steps up in class after two straight wins in restricted grade.

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Chairman’s Quality 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 9x42174x88 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Hugh Bowman 2 58.5kg 107
2 0x3212x811 JULIENAS (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 7 58kg 106
3 5441391077 BLOOD BROTHA (NZ) Raymond Connors TBA 4 55.5kg 101
4 26050×4522 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller Craig Williams 5 55.5kg 101
5 2x520x7813 DANCE WITH HER David Brideoake & David Feek Kerrin McEvoy 10 54.5kg 103
6 x03810x777 VATUVEI Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1 54.5kg 99
7 32x068x931 ALIYANA TILDE Kerry Parker Corey Brown 6 53kg 97
8 1343x1x516 THY (NZ) Peter G Moody Brenton Avdulla 8 53kg 94
9 41x8x04224 COLISEO Norm Gardner Jeff Penza 12 53kg 92
10 2114×81121 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson James McDonald 3 53kg 92
11 321×3117 HATHRAS (GB) Kris Lees Jim Cassidy 9 53kg 83
12 x5151x3114 HULA LUA (NZ) Michael Kent TBA 11 53kg 80
13 722×115411 SAINTLY SUN Joseph Pride TBA 13 53kg 74