2013 RN Irwin Stakes Field & Barriers

This Saturday while Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse comes to life for Australian Derby Day featuring the mighty Black Caviar, over in Adelaide their autumn action is heating up with a double shot of Group racing including the RN Irwin Stakes 2013.

Loveyamadly

Loveyamadly is the only last start winner assured of a run in Saturday's 2013 RN Irwin Stakes in Adelaide. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Set to run as Morphettville Race 7 at 4:10pm this year’s $115,000 Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m) has drawn a full field of 16 starters plus two emergencies awaiting a withdrawal.

Always a keenly contested affair the sprint showdown is an important race on the calendar as it serves as the traditional lead-up to one of the state’s major Group 1 showdowns, the $500,000 Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) to run on May 11.

Of the 16 confirmed starters there’s just one last start winner in the mix with the Mick Price-trained Loveyamadly, bred from the same sire as Black Caviar (Bel Esprit), after their third win on the trot.

Drawn nicely in gate six with Dale Smith to ride the talented four-year-old mare has won four of her past five starts back home in Melbourne and makes her interstate debut here on the back of narrow victories over 1100m and 1200m at Flemington and Moonee Valley respectively last month.

The top-rated RN Irwin Stakes entry this year meanwhile is Dennis O’Leary’s veteran Fantastic Light seven-year-old Outlandish Lad who has suffered a disastrously wide barrier 16 draw.

Third in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley back in January the horse has a great record back home in South Australia having enjoyed a good win this time last year in the Group 3 DC McKay Stakes (1100m).

Other notable gallopers with outside gates to overcome include the resuming Conservatorium (17) who was last seen running a close second in the X’Mas Handicap over 1400m here back on Boxing Day, the Peter Moody-trained Justify That (15) and David Jolly’s ultra-consistent sprinter Avoid Lightning.

Four-year-old Blevic mare Avoid Lightning hasn’t finished worse than fourth in all 11 of her career starts to date, highlights of which include her Lightning Stakes win here last July, the WJ Adams Stakes victory at Caulfield in February and her last start second to Riziz in the Oakbank Stakes (1100m) on March 30.

Also in the mix are the likes of the David Bourne-trained Zamorar whose last five runs all produced black type placings in Melbourne, X’Mas Handicap winner Hidden Value and the Darren Weir-trained Platelet drawn ideally in barrier four.

See below for the full 2013 RN Irwin Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2013 RN Irwin Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Morphettville Race 7 – 4:10pm (AEST) – 13/04/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 316×610355 OUTLANDISH LAD Dennis O’Leary Jason Holder 16 58.5kg 104
2 142123232x ZAMORAR David Bourne Steven Arnold 10 58.5kg 98
3 705x72532x CONSERVATORIUM Gary Kennewell Joe Bowditch 17 58.5kg 98
4 715314×252 JUSTIFY THAT Peter Moody Ms Krystal Bishop (a) 15 58.5kg 98
5 45x11111x6 HIDDEN VALUE Trevor Dansie Simon Price 12 58.5kg 96
6 583275×256 CANALI Stephen Brown Ms Clare Lindop 7 58.5kg 96
7 54x31191x6 ESPRIT DE BULLET (NZ) John Hyam Troy Baker 9 58.5kg 92
8 4237215×44 MEADOWS JIM Jim Smith Chad Lever 3 58.5kg 90
9 0168×80847 ACHENAR Annette Morrison Shayne Cahill 18 58.5kg 79
10 1x275515x4 KULGRINDA Peter G Moody Daniel Stackhouse 5 56.5kg 104
11 42111325×3 PLATELET Darren Weir Ben Melham 4 56.5kg 100
12 1x32x11211 LOVEYAMADLY Mick Price Dale Smith 6 56.5kg 99
13 11114×2122 AVOID LIGHTNING David Jolly Matthew Neilson 13 56.5kg 99
14 721x27420x JUST SYBIL Brian Mueller Ms Lauren Stojakovic (a) 8 56.5kg 99
15 11x20100x5 CLASSY CHLOE John Hickmott Adrian Patterson 1 56.5kg 93
16 46x113370x JIMANDO Tony McEvoy Vinnie Colgan 11 56.5kg 86
17e 611212×331 BLACK BARRA Annette Morrison Justin Potter 2 58.5kg 76
18e 10×1 CAPTAIN FANCYPANTZ Cameron Templeton Adam McCabe 14 58.5kg 66