As part of the top Underwood Stakes Day racing action at Caulfield this Saturday a smart field of mares will face off in the race formerly known as the How Now Stakes, the 2013 Sprint Series Heat 2 Stakes.
Scheduled as the fifth race on the bumper nine-race program jumping at 2:15pm (AEST), this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat 2 Stakes (1200m) features 12 hopefuls, the top-rated of which is John Gunning’s Hi Belle.
Drawn in gate six with Vlad Duric to ride, the Clangalang seven-year-old resumes here following a decent autumn that included two Group 3 minor placings.
Winner of the Mannerism Stakes in February last year, Hi Belle is after her first win since then and comes off a Cranbourne trial win from last month.
Another notable hopee resuming here is the Darren Weir-trained Lake Sententia who won back-to-back races including the Listed Centeaurea Stakes (2009m) in Adelaide during the winter,
Michael Kent’s Group 1 Schweppes Oaks runner-up from April Our Miss Jones should also be right in the mix here coming off a month break.
Drawn nicely in barrier four with Craig Williams to ride, the Darci Brahma five-year-old returned at Moonee Valley on August 25 and scored a tight win.
As for those with the fitness edge in the How Now there’s a number of quality mares coming via some lovely lead-up runs including the Chris Waller-trained Catkins.
Suffering an early blow with the ‘visitor’s’ gate 12 of 12 the daughter of Dubawi was a close second to Commanding Jewel second-up on September 7 at Flemington in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m).
Also coming via the Let’s Elope Stakes is third placed A Time For Julia, Peter Moody’s super consistent Redoute’s Choice mare having also finished a brave second to Octavia in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) first-up.
Cockram Stakes winner Octavia for Michael Moroney is another How Now hopeful this weekend, Dwayne Dunn to ride the four-year-old from the inside alley as she looks to improve on her Let’s Elope sixth.
See below for the complete How Now Sprint Series Heat 2 Stakes field, barriers and jockeys with betting to open shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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2013 How Now Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race 5 – 2:15pm (AEST) – 21/09/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||20054x335x||HI BELLE||John Gunning||Vlad Duric||6||58kg||101|
|2||21x1812x22||CATKINS||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||12||58kg||97|
|3||1321×22116||OCTAVIA||Michael Moroney||Dwayne Dunn||1||58kg||97|
|4||112x52311x||LAKE SENTENTIA||Darren Weir||Ms Michelle Payne||10||58kg||97|
|5||x641140x00||JOLIE BLONDE||Mark Riley||Damien Oliver||5||57kg||91|
|6||121×23||A TIME FOR JULIA||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||9||57kg||89|
|7||20111x152x||HAZARD||Anthony Freedman||Glen Boss||7||56kg||80|
|8||x42x332x1x||OUR MISS JONES (NZ)||Michael Kent||Craig Williams||4||55kg||84|
|9||x738209317||FLASH OF DOUBT||Robbie Griffiths||Brett Prebble||3||55kg||84|
|10||208x3306x7||ANABAA’S LEGACY (NZ)||Dean Binaisse||Damian Lane||2||55kg||82|
|11||16117x404x||PERFECTLY STUNNING (NZ)||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||8||55kg||82|
|12||1944x569x5||BALACLAVA LADY||Nigel Blackiston||Chad Schofield (a)||11||55kg||67|