Acceptances for the eight top races running at Eagle Farm this Saturday for Queensland Oaks Day have now been released including the day’s opening race, the $100,000 Listed Sirromet The Phoenix (1400m), where a number of JJ Atkins 2013 hopes will face off.
Kicking off the Oaks Day action at 11:40pm (AEST) this year’s The Phoenix field has drawn 11 promising two-year-olds, five of which are also among the first acceptances for Saturday week’s $400,000 Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m).
Two of the JJ Atkins-bound juveniles will by shooting for back-to-back wins this weekend with last start victors Sir Moments and Choisenegger.
Drawn wide in barrier 11, the Steven O’Dea-trained Choisir gelding Sir Moments broke their maiden status on May 18 at Doomben with a nice win in the Listed Dalrello Stakes (1200m).
Fellow Choisir two-year-old Choisenegger meanwhile was very impressive in the wet at the home track on the Sunshine Coast on May 12 with the Jason McLachlan-trained colt putting three lengths on their closest rival over 1400m relishing the Heavy (8) course.
The other Phoenix entries still in the mix for the Group 1 on Stradbroke Handicap Day are then Dalrello Stakes runner-up El Toranado, the Paul Messara-trained Choisir colt Chosen Idol who was third in that same lead-up, and the Liam Birchely-trained Flying Spur filly Locomotion.
Other notable hopes then include Gold Coast galloper Cannyzing drawn ideally in gate two and coming off a first-up win at Murwillumbah, Kelly Schweida’s local gelding L’Entrecote coming off a win on debut at the Sunshine Coast and John Thompson’s last start Gold Coast winner All Things In Time.
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2013 Sirromet The Phoenix Final Field & Barrier Draw
Eagle Farm Race 1 – 11:40am (AEST) – 01/06/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||2×61||SIR MOMENTS||Steven O’dea||Michael Cahill||11||57kg|
|2||133||CHOSEN IDOL||Paul Messara||Glen Colless||4||57kg|
|3||455×52||EL TORANADO||Maryann Thexton||Ric McMahon||10||57kg|
|4||217×1||CANNYZING||Harold Norman||Ms Rikki Jamieson (a)||2||57kg|
|5||24×71||CHOISENEGGER||Jason McLachlan||Justin P Stanley||1||57kg|
|6||1||L’ENTRECOTE||Kelly Schweida||Jim Byrne||9||57kg|
|7||561||ALL THINGS IN TIME||John P Thompson||Timothy Bell||5||57kg|
|8||445||RACING IN THE WIND||Scott Morrisey||Tim Clark||8||57kg|
|9||17||GYPSY DIAMOND||John O’Shea||Christian Reith||7||55kg|
|10||9×3||LOCOMOTION||Liam Birchley||Larry Cassidy||3||55kg|
|11||890||FORELOCK (NZ)||John Morrisey||Peter Robl||6||55kg|