Lady Lakshmi Heads 2013 Taj Rossi Series Final Field

Potential Crown Oaks contender Lady Lakshmi is the clear standout in the field for Saturday’s Listed 2013 Taj Rossi Series Final (1200m) at Flemington.

Lady Lakshmi is chasing a fourth straight win at Flemington on Saturday. Photo: Bruno Cannatelli.

The rising three-year-old will attempt to add a fourth straight win and keep a flawless winter campaign in tact after some oustanding lead-up performances.

Prepared by David Brideoake and David Feek at Mornington, the daughter of Lonhro has barely put a foot wrong this winter and was last seen winning the Ken Cox Handicap on June 22.

If she continues her success on Saturday it is likely she will have an easy couple of weeks before being set for some Group 1 fillies’ races in the spring.

Saturday’s race will be the emerging galloper’s third shot at Listed level after failing to measure up in the first two starts of her career last spring.

Lady Lakshmi will carry the topweight of 59kg in a 10-horse field that includes Mick Price’s last-start runner-up Resistant.

Price will be hoping his charge can improve enough with the extra distance to make up the length he finished behind Lady Lakshmi last month.

Apart from Lady Lakshmi there are three other last-start winners in the field but all are facing a significant class rise.

John Sadler-trained gelding Purccolate was a convincing winner at Seymour last month while David Hayes’ pair Honey’s Steel Gold and Street Battle won races at Cranbourne and Werribee respectively.

Tony Vasil’s Testa Rossa colt The Bowler may have finished fifth in the Ken Cox Handicap but the prior to that singalled potential with two consecutive wins.

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Taj Rossi Series Final 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 46×111 LADY LAKSHMI David Brideoake & David Feek Daniel Stackhouse 4 59kg 82
2 41x2x72 RESISTANT Mick Price Peter Mertens 5 58.5kg 72
3 20×115 THE BOWLER Tony Vasil Craig Newitt 7 58.5kg 72
4 71 PURRCOLATE John Sadler Jamie Mott 8 56kg 62
5 41 STREET BATTLE David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 9 56kg 62
6 66631 HONEY’S STEEL GOLD David Hayes Stephen Baster 2 55.5kg 61
7 9×46 MYSONHARRY Michael Kent Vlad Duric 1 55kg 60
8 6 PINSTRIPE LANE (NZ) John Sadler Thomas Sadler (a) 3 54.5kg 59
9 94602 VICTORIOUS TALE Rick Hore-Lacy Jack Hill 10 54kg 59
10 10×45376 SOLO SAGA Bevan Laming Chris Symons 6 54kg 58