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After originally attracting 15 nominations, this Saturday’s George Main Stakes 2013 in Sydney will be contested by a small but quality field of nine final acceptors.
Running as Royal Randwick Race 5 at 3:10pm (AEST) as the latest elite level of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, this year’s $350,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) lost a number of its early entries including Chris Waller’s Caulfield Cup-bound Beaten Up.
While Waller has opted to run Doomben Cup champ Beaten Up against easier company in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) he will still be well represented in the George Main.
In fact Waller’s presence in the field is a strong one as he prepares four of the hopefuls.
To wear the number one saddle cloth is the defending George Main Stakes winner Shoot Out looking to improve second-up after their disappointing 11th in the Group 3 Tramway Stakes (1400m) on September 7.
A number of Shoot Out’s George Main-accepted stablemates meanwhile come off far better form including Hawkspur.
Winner of the Queensland Derby last season, the now four-year-old son of Purrealist comes off a big 3.5 length victory in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) and has drawn ideally in gate two with Jim Cassidy vying for his 100th Group 1 victory.
Waller’s other runners are then his Doncaster Mile champ Sacred Falls coming off a Tramway fourth with 60.5kg who will appreciate coming back to 58.5kg on Saturday, and his Australian Oaks winning Redoute’s Choice mare Royal Descent who was third in the Tramway.
Of the non-Waller-trained hopes the biggest danger looks to be Guy Walter’s former Australian Oaks winner Streama who was last seen returning with a brave second in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m).
Also with a runner is Victorian horseman Peter Moody saddling up the in-form Dissident who is in an ideal position getting in with only 50.5kg under the weight-for-age conditions.
The young Sebring colt has been racing very well against their own age this season with three consecutive second place finishes, most recently to Zoustar in last Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) earning them this run against older company.
Rounding out the field are then Stephen Farley’s 2011 George Main winner Sincero and the smart Linda Laing-trained Group 1 New Zealand winner Veyron who beat Streama home in the Warwick Stakes last month.
See below for the full George Main Stakes 2013 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.
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2013 George Main Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Randwick Race 5 – 3:10pm (AEST) – 21/09/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x175x136x0||SHOOT OUT||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||7||59kg||116|
|2||454x1539x0||SINCERO||Stephen Farley||Brenton Avdulla||5||59kg||114|
|3||251228×519||VEYRON (NZ)||Linda Laing||Christian Reith||9||59kg||112|
|4||1x1112x3x7||FAWKNER||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||1||59kg||107|
|5||111x5521x4||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||8||58.5kg||111|
|6||x526111x71||HAWKSPUR||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||2||58.5kg||110|
|7||x2273432x2||STREAMA||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||6||57kg||111|
|8||1134211×23||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||3||56.5kg||105|
|9||137×222||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody||Tim Clark||4||50.5kg||94|
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