Star-Studded Field Confirmed For 2013 Memsie Stakes

As expected the 2013 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) has drawn a hot field with fourteen leading 2013 Spring Racing Carnival contenders set to clash in the recently upgraded race at Caulfield on Saturday.

Atlantic Jewel

Atlantic Jewel will make her much anticipated return to the races in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart

The first Group 1 edition of the Memsie Stakes will be run as the last race on the card at Caulfield on Saturday with the field set to jump at 4.50pm (AEST), giving punters plenty of time to get their bets on.

Headlining the 2013 Memsie Stakes field is glamour mare Atlantic Jewel who is set to make her return to the races, since her victory in the 2012 All Aged Stakes (1200m) over sixteen months ago, despite connections holding concerns about the condition of the Caulfield track.

Trainer Mark Kavanagh revealed yesterday that he was considering withdrawing the daughter of Fastnet Rock after it was announced that the Memsie Stakes would be run as the last race of the day but he is now satisfied that the Caulfield will still be in good condition by the time that Atlantic Jewel’s race is run.

Atlantic Jewel has recorded seven wins from seven race starts and is a short priced favourite to extend her undefeated record this weekend.

The classy mare isn’t the only potential 2013 Spring Racing Carnival start to being her campaign in the Memsie Stakes, with imported stayer Fiorente also on track to return to the races.

Fiorente has been most impressive since arriving in Australia, finishing second behind Green Moon in the 2012 Melbourne Cup (3200m) and third behind All Too Hard and Rain Affair in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick during the 2013 Autumn Racing Carnival.

The Monsun entire has returned this preparation in great condition, recording two impressive barrier trial results, and is considered a leading contender for the Caulfield Cup (2400m), Cox Plate (2040m) and Melbourne Cup.

Another Cox Plate contender that will begin his preparation in the Memsie Stakes is three-year-old Triple Crown winner It’s A Dundeel.

The son of High Chaparral dominated the 2013 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, winning the Randwick Guineas (1600m), Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and Australian Derby (2400m) before finishing second behind Reliable Man in the Queen Elizabeth (2000m) but is still chasing his first victory in Melbourne.

Trainer Murray Baker does not expect the four-year-old to score a first-up victory in the Memsie Stakes but is confident he will be a leading contender for the feature Group 1 events later in the spring.

It’s A Dundeel will renew acquaintances with Mark Kavanagh-trained Super Cool who finished ahead of the star New Zealand galloper in the Group 2 Mitchelton Wines Vase (2040m) and Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival.

The Fastnet Rock gelding proved that he was up to weight-for-age level when he beat Fiveandahalfstar in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) and according to Kavanagh is a chance to compete in all three major Group 1 races this spring.

Other classy gallopers that are set to begin their campaigns in the Memsie Stakes are veteran gelding King Mufhasa ( barrier two), Robert Hickmott-trained Seville (barrier fourteen), OTI Racing-owned My Quest For Peace (barrier eleven), Kiwi mare Silent Achiever (barrier four) and Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon (barrier ten).

You can find the complete 2013 Memsie Stakes field, jockeys, weights and barriers in the table below.

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2013 Memsie Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

 Caulfield Race 8 – 4:50pm (AEST) – 28/08/2013

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x52171x44x GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Brett Prebble 10 59kg 116
2 542153029x KING MUFHASA (NZ) Bruce Wallace 2 59kg 116
3 0x121x84x6 LUCKYGRAY Robert Smerdon Mark Zahra 9 59kg 110
4 501x9903x5 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Chad Schofield (a) 7 59kg 111
5 6261x42x3x FIORENTE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 5 59kg 111
6 34x94x052x SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott Craig Williams 14 59kg 107
7 70x001x313 SECOND EFFORT Clinton McDonald Brad Rawiller 13 59kg 106
8 401150x70x MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 11 59kg 106
9 127x41112x IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ) Murray Baker James McDonald 1 58.5kg 116
10 14212x311x SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh Glen Boss 12 58.5kg 113
11 1x1117x7 FERLAX (NZ) Jim Conlan Stephen Baster 3 58.5kg 103
12 4117×112 AJEEB (NZ) Mick Price Craig Newitt 6 58.5kg 92
13 414x24524x SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James Steven Arnold 4 57kg 112
14 11111x11x ATLANTIC JEWEL Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 8 57kg 116