More Strawberries Top-Weight in 2013 Silk Stocking Field

Kelso Wood’s recent stable acquisition More Strawberries will carry the 60kg top-weight in Saturday’s Silk Stocking 2013 at the Gold Coast, the former Gai Waterhouse-trained mare having suffered an early blow with a wide barrier draw for the AD Hollindale Stakes Day feature.

Karuta Queen

Karuta Queen is one of the top mares in Saturday's 2013 Silk Stocking on the Gold Coast. Photo: Taron Clarke.

A nice lead-up race for fillies and mares heading towards some of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival majors including the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm in late June, the $150,000 Listed Attwood Marshall Lawyers Silk Stocking (1200m) has this year drawn a final field of 16 starters plus two emergencies.

Wearing the No. 1 saddlecloth is More Than Ready five-year-old More Strawberries who lines up for Wood for the first time since a controversial move by owner John Singleton from former trainer Waterhouse.

If More Strawberries, racing for the first time since May last year, comes out and overcomes her weight and the barrier with a big run this weekend it could open up for Singleton to send more of his horses Wood’s way after his massive blowout with Waterhouse last week.

Following More Strawberries in the Silk Stocking field and weights is then the Peter Moody-trained Karuta Queen with 58kg who has come up trumps with barrier four, Luke Nolen to ride the Not A Single Doubt mare who is out to improve on her last start 10th in the Sapphire Stakes.

The other highly-weighted chance is then the Liam Birchley-trained Choisir mare from Brisbane Whateverwhenever (56.5kg), winner of the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last October.

Birchley will also be represented in the Silk Stocking this year by his in-form Jet Spur four-year-old Emmalene (barrier 12) who improve don her 16th in the Sapphire to run a close second in the Listed Juanmo Stakes at Eagle Farm on April 20.

There are two horses in the line-up meanwhile that won their most recent race with the Michael Nolan-trained Miss Imagica in the extreme outside gate coming off a first-up black type at Toowoomba, and the resuming New Zealand raider Petty Cury drawn on the rails who comes off four straight wins back home including the Group 3 Darley Plate (1200m) at Ellerslie on March 2.

Other notable Silk Stocking hopefuls then include the Peter Snowden-trained Sydney visitor Detours, Juanmo Stakes third placed Pane In The Glass, John O’Shea’s returning Strategic mare Bound To Blush and local hope Skating On Ice.

The full 2013 Silk Stocking field, barriers, weights and jockeys are detailed in the table below.

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2013 Silk Stocking Final Field & Barrier Draw

Gold Coast Race 6 – 2:35pm (AEST) – 04/05/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 0x106x710x MORE STRAWBERRIES Kelso Wood Michael Cahill 15 60kg 104
2 12x499x320 KARUTA QUEEN Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 4 58kg 100
3 x26116195x WHATEVERWHENEVER Liam Birchley 10 56.5kg 97
4 1285x145x5 DETOURS Peter Snowden Damian Browne 13 56kg 96
5 06x57x81x1 MISS IMAGICA Michael Nolan Ms Skye Bogenhuber 18 56kg 96
6 113x6074x0 GAI’S CHOICE David Pfieffer Brenton Avdulla 16 55.5kg 95
7 1219x1111x PETTY CURY Don Sellwood 1 55kg 94
8 26x450149x DUAL CHAMBER Matthew Dunn Glen Colless 5 54.5kg 93
9 06x7759x63 PANE IN THE GLASS John P Thompson Jim Byrne 7 54.5kg 93
10 330x405x17 ALLTHERIGHTMOVES Les Kelly 11 54kg 92
11 594080×102 EMMALENE Liam Birchley 12 54kg 92
12 5x14730x40 EMOTIONAL CIRCUS Kris Lees Jim Cassidy 8 54kg 92
13 x1723x122x BOUND TO BLUSH John O’Shea Tim Clark 2 54kg 91
14 57647×2723 SKATING ON ICE Les Kelly 17 54kg 90
15 1x200x78x0 PUNCH ON Peter Balzen Paul Hammersley 6 54kg 88
16 144x250x48 DOUBTFILLY Stuart Kendrick 14 54kg 86
17e 0608xD122x PLAYTIME Todd Austin Ric McMahon 3 54kg 84
18e 4x30755x45 ARCTIC FLIGHT Anthony Cummings Nathan Berry 9 54kg 80.5