On Saturday Gai Waterhouse’s fifth Golden Slipper winner Overreach will shoot for her second Group 1 trophy in just seven days when taking on a field of 12 rivals in the ATC Sires Produce Stakes 2013.
Due to jump as Royal Randwick Race 5 at 2:30pm (local) as one of three Group 1 features on the Australian Derby Day program, the $500,000 Group 1 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) is shaping up as another crack edition likely to be dominated by a Waterhouse-trained Golden Slipper winner.
Twelve months ago her ace Lonhro colt Pierro backed up from his Golden Slipper victory to post Sires Produce success and now Waterhouse’s Exceed And Excel filly Overreach will look to do the same after her stunning win in the $3.5 million classic in the wet last weekend.
It is a proven formula for Waterhouse who has won the Sires Produce Stakes an impressive seven times since 2000, each one of those winners having come off a top three placing in the Slipper with Pierro (2012), Manhattan Rain (2009), Sebring (2008), Fashions Afield (2005), Dance Hero (2004), Hasna (2003) and Assertive Lad (2000).
Undefeated this time in having also won the Widden Stakes and Reisling Stakes by 6 and 4.5 lengths respectively, Overreach is again the youngster to beat when she jumps from barrier six with Hong Kong-bound Tommy Berry in the saddle.
Other ATC Inglis Sires Produce Stakes hopefuls coming via last Saturday’s Golden Slipper then include Peter Snowden’s fellow Exceed And Excel filly Guelph (4th), one-time Slipper favourite Villa Verde (7th), the Gerald Ryan-trained Charlie Boy (8th) and Windjammer (9th).
Along with Overreach Waterhouse has also accepted for her Sebring filly Florid Affair coming off a nice 4.5 length victory over 1250m at Warwick Farm form the start of the month and a daughter of Fastnet Rock Shahad last seen running second in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) who drew at opposite ends of the field with gates three and 11 respectively.
Other notable hopes then include Peter Moody’s untapped High Chaparral colt So Man Up who won on debut at Cranbourne on March 28, the Anthony Cummings-trained Magic Night Stakes winner Scandiva after their third on the trot, Peter Snowden’s Group 3 The Schweppervescence winner from Slipper Day Champollion and the Paul Messara-trained Todman Stakes third placed Havana.
See below for the full Inglis Sires Produce Stakes 2013 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.
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2013 ATC Sires Produce Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Royal Randwick Race 5 – 2:30pm (AEST) – 13/04/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||1×348||CHARLIE BOY||Gerald Ryan||Glyn Schofield||2||56.5kg|
|4||73||HAVANA||Paul Messara||Craig Williams||4||56.5kg|
|5||1||SO MAN UP (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||10||56.5kg|
|6||6||DRAGO||Anthony Cummings||Hugh Bowman||12||56.5kg|
|7||2×111||OVERREACH||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||6||54.5kg|
|9||11×27||VILLA VERDE||Shaun Dwyer||Michael Rodd||9||54.5kg|
|10||5×611||SCANDIVA||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||7||54.5kg|
|11||3×92||SHAHAD||Gai Waterhouse||James McDonald||11||54.5kg|
|12||3×7726||THUMP||John P Thompson||Craig Newitt||1||54.5kg|
|13||31||FLORID AFFAIR (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Jim Cassidy||3||54.5kg|