Jetset Lad Chasing Redemption in 2013 Eye Liner Stakes Field

New Zealand trainer John Wheeler will be hoping for a change of luck when sprinter Jetset Lad heads back for a second crack at the Listed 2013 Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich on Saturday.

The five-year-old produced the run of the race without any favours last year and had to settle for second behind Belltone.

There will be no Belltone this year and Jetset Lad heads into the race on the back of similar form.

Last year he headed to the tight-turning Ipswich venue after a 10th-place finish at Listed level and this year he lines up after finishing fifth in the Strawberry Road Handicap.

Jetset Lad is part of a capacity field that contains 16-horses plus four emergencies.

The race can be a consolation prize for many who failed to make the Stradbroke Handicap field including former Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready, Adelaide five-year-old Conservatorium and New South Wales gelding Mahisara.

Conservatorium was desperately unlucky to miss a start in Queensland’s most prestigous race when going down by the narrowest of margins in the Group 2 QTC Cup, a race that offers Stradbroke ballot exemption.

Trainer Gary Kennewll will be hoping his charge can turn strong performances into victory as he also finished second in the Group 1 Goodwood at Morphetville last month.

It is unlikely Phelan Ready will have too much support from punters, with the former juvenile star still yet to taste victory since his 2009 Golden Slipper triumph.

Top Brisbane trainer Kelso Wood has accepted with Benny’s Buttons in an attempt to claim back-to-back victories in the race.

Eye Liner Stakes 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x72532x522 CONSERVATORIUM Gary Kennewell Joe Bowditch 4 59kg 103
2 06x2237x69 PHELAN READY Jason McLachlan Glen Colless 13 58.5kg 102
3 20063×3785 JETSET LAD (NZ) John Wheeler TBA 15 56.5kg 98
4 1811×59420 MAHISARA Paul Messara Chris Munce 20 56.5kg 98
5 143251×746 MORNING CAPTAIN Kelly Doughty Jim Byrne 12 56.5kg 98
6 6826214×52 GUNDY SON Robert Heathcote Ryan Wiggins 14 56kg 97
7 7x128x4880 STEEL ZIP Pat Duff TBA 16 56kg 97
8 09690×8838 CELTIC DANCER Noel J Doyle Grant Cooksley 9 54.5kg 94
9 141120×000 TOO MANY REDS Tony Gollan Larry Cassidy 2 54.5kg 94
10 772646×563 MEET GEORGE Brian Smith Eddie Wilkinson 17 54kg 93
11 x807323x10 BENNY’S BUTTONS Kelso Wood Michael Cahill 8 54kg 92
12 0x44283462 DOUBTFUL JACK Kelly Schweida TBA 6 54kg 92
13 00x600x208 METALLURGICAL John P Thompson TBA 7 54kg 92
14 87x85x5310 NEW DAY RISING David Pfieffer Timothy Bell 5 54kg 90
15 x79615x302 DANCES ON STARS (NZ) Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 1 54kg 89
16 12x80x0009 BAQABA Steve Tregea Micheal Hellyer 10 54kg 88
17e 065x060x07 MR ARMSTRONG John P Thompson TBA 19 54kg 87
18e 53×8712417 PELLEGRINI (NZ) Robert Heathcote TBA 18 54kg 85
19e 86x3407x66 EASY RUNNING Desleigh Forster Paul Hammersley 3 54kg 85
20e 3631×11312 TAX EVADER Jeffrey Caught TBA 11 54kg 80