Quality 3YO’s In 2013 Up And Coming Stakes Field

A top class field of three-year-old has been accepted for this Saturday’s Up And Coming Stakes 2013 which runs as one of five Group races on the Warwick Stakes Day program in Sydney.


The undefeated Pitcrew vies for win number four in Saturday's Up And Coming Stakes 2013. Photo: Steve Hart.

Set to jump at 3:00pm (AEST) as Warwick Farm Race 5 the $125,000 Group 3 IBIS Styles Lansvale Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) features a final field of 11 hopefuls.

Three of those come off a last start win, the most notable of which is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Pitcrew.

The smart Sebring gelding has won all three of their career starts to date on Slow – Heavy tracks and will be out to prove they can handle firmer ground this weekend.

They were last seen narrowly holding out Meteoros in a 2YO Handicap over 1400m at the Warwick Farm track in July so Saturday’s course and distance will suit.

Racing second-up for the season is then Darren Smith’s Charge Forward filly Dream Forward, third on debut to Assail in the Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic back in December, who won first-up at Canterbury last time out.

The final last-start winner resumes here with the Anthony Cummings-trained Drago last seen winning the Juveniles Stayer Handicap over 1800m at Rosehill in May.

Fourth in both the Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes over 1400m and 1600m respectively at Randwick in April, first-up over 1300m is sure to work to their advantage.

The Danehill Dancer colt is nominated for all the majors this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival including the $1 million Group 1 The BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 12 for which they are well liked in the early markets paying $15 to win.

Other notable Up And Coming Stakes youngsters this year include the Bjorn Baker-trained Snippetson colt Fuerza out wide in gate 10 who was a brave second to Guelph in the Champagne Stakes, Chris Waller’s JJ Atkins fourth placed Vilanova with the rails run from gate one, the consistent John O’Shea-trained Lonhro colt Diamond Oasis and Dowdstown Charlie.

After a dead last 13th in the JJ Atkins in Brisbane back in June, David Payne’s Myboycharlie gelding Dowdstown Charlie resumed on August 10 at Randwick and finished a brave third behind Eurozone in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) pointing to improvement to come.

Check out the complete Up And Coming Stakes 2013 field, barrier draw and allocated jockeys in the table below.

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2013 Up And Coming Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Warwick Farm Race 5 – 3:00pm (AEST)

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 8x30170x CHAMPOLLION Peter Snowden 3 59kg 78
2 2243722×4 FUERZA Bjorn Baker Jim Cassidy 10 59kg 78
3 2145x224x VILANOVA (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 59kg 78
4 6441x DRAGO Anthony Cummings Peter Robl 8 58.5kg 77
5 111 PITCREW Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 5 57.5kg 75
6 3410x RIOCETTO Neville & Christopher Voigt Josh Adams 9 57.5kg 75
7 1433x DIAMOND OASIS John O’Shea Tim Clark 11 56.5kg 73
8 36593010×3 DOWDSTOWN CHARLIE David Payne Jason Collett 6 56kg 72
9 32×1 DREAM FORWARD Darren Smith Christian Reith 4 54kg 71
10 2×6 WAR Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 7 54kg 66
11 4536×9 EASTERN DRAGON Bruce Wallace Glyn Schofield 2 54kg 65