Peron Features in 2013 Gai Waterhouse Classic Field

Classy Patinack-owned filly Peron will get the chance to prove herself at stakes level when she lines up as part of a capacity field in the Listed 2013 Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) at Ipswich on Saturday.

Peron heads a quality Gai Waterhouse Classic field. Photo: Daniel Costello.

It is believed the three-year-old is being aimed at Saturday week’s Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) but a strong performance this weekend could be required to ensure she has enough prizemoney to make the field.

From six starts to date, the daughter of Husson has won five times but has only collected $93,000 in prizemoney. Peron showed her class last month at Doomben when storming home to score a commanding win in the Novotel Brisbane Airport Class 6 Plate.

The turn of foot she demonstrated left plenty excited about her future prospects but she faces a significant rise in class this weekend.

Among her rivals in the Gai Waterhouse Classic will be southern raiders Bound To Blush, Classics and Sharnee Rose.

Sharnee Rose has been solid in two starts under new trainer Kris Lees and was a half-length second to Detours in the Bright Shadow Handicap on June 1.

Glenglogan Park Stakes runner-up Bound To Blush will be out to bounce back from a seventh-place Bright Shadow finish while Classics was fifth in the same race.

Joining Peron in heading the Queensland charge are consistent performers Hidden Kisses, Whateverwhenever, Skating On Ice and Cuddlesome.

A Group 3 win at Melbourne’s spring carnival will see Whateverwhenever carry the topweight of 59kg but the Liam Birchley-trained mare faces a tough ask to turn around her poor winter form to date.

Skating On Ice is coming off a win at the Gold Coast while Hidden Kisses will appreciate a drop back in class after running 11th in the Glenlogan Park Stakes.

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Gai Waterhouse Classic 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 6116195×09 WHATEVERWHENEVER Liam Birchley TBA 7 59kg 95
2 23x122x527 BOUND TO BLUSH John O’Shea Chris Munce 5 57kg 91
3 8x011078x5 CLASSICS Peter Snowden TBA 1 57kg 91
4 22718×1462 SHARNEE ROSE Kris Lees TBA 17 57kg 91
5 47×2723001 SKATING ON ICE Les Kelly TBA 3 57kg 91
6 00x78x0300 PUNCH ON Peter Balzen Paul Hammersley 2 56.5kg 90
7 0327×41144 CITY OF SONG Bjorn Baker Brenton Avdulla 16 56kg 89
8 312244×320 HIDDEN KISSES Robert Heathcote Brad Stewart 8 55.5kg 88
9 4x250x4810 DOUBTFILLY Stuart Kendrick TBA 14 55kg 88
10 123654×617 CUDDLESOME Les Ross Anthony Allen (a) 15 54.5kg 86
11 1x113x11 PERON John P Thompson Michael Cahill 6 54kg 85
12 6x77124x51 AMETSIS Russell Cameron Leith Innes 13 54kg 80
14 0x710x3001 ZAMBONI Peter Hulbert Patrick Holmes 10 54kg 80
15 7x598x2467 NEXT THE UNIVERSE Kris Lees TBA 11 54kg 76
16 1x1976x9 LOVE FOR RANSOM Greg Eurell TBA 9 54kg 74
17e 9x8533955x TRIPLE SIX David Pfieffer TBA 4 54kg 74
18e 22147×4566 GLOVE Graham Pollock TBA 12 54kg 66