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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.
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|
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