Catkins Headlines 2013 Blazer Stakes Final Field

In-form mare Catkins will have the chance to record back-to-backs when she contests the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1410m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Catkins is chasing her first Group 2 victory in the Blazer Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

Catkins is chasing her first Group 2 victory in the Blazer Stakes at Flemington on Saturday. Photo by: Steve Hart

Catkins (barrier six) was one of seventeen quality mares included in the final acceptances for the $220,000 Group 2 Blazer Stakes that will be as the final race on the action-packed ten race Flemington card; with barriers set to fly at 5.45pm.

The Dubawi mare has been in sensational form this campaign; finishing second in the Hurlstone Park RSL Club Handicap (1200m) and the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1200m) before recording her first win at Group level in the Sportingbet Sprint (1200m) at Caulfield on September 21.

Also backing up from the Sportingbet Sprint will be runner-up Hi Belle (barrier two), Peter Moody-trained A Time For Julia (barrier four), the out of form Balaclava Lady (barrier eleven 11), Darren Weir-trained Lake Sentenita (barrier 17) and the New Zealand-bred Perfectly Stunning (barrier 12).

Catkins won’t have it her own way in the Blazer Stakes; with a number of other exciting mares included in the final field for the race.

Patinack Farm-owned Peron (barrier 11) will contest the Group 2 event after she was scratched from the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last Sunday.

Peron stamped herself as a horse to watch with a progressive campaign during the 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and returned to the races with an unlucky second place finish behind Driefontein in the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 14.

Also coming off a strong first-up performance is Group 1 winning mare Maybe Discreet who finished third carrying the weighty impost of 59kg in the Listed W H Wylie Handicap (1100m) at Morphettville just under a fortnight ago.

Arguably the most interesting runner in the 2013 Blazer Stakes final field is Zurella who will be returning to the races for the first time since finished seventh behind Moriarty in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm in June.

The Zabeel mare was set for the 2012 Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) after her impressive victory in last year’s edition of the Let’s Elope Stakes but failed to fire for the remainder of her preparation.

Zurella raced at Group 1 level throughout the autumn and winter but wasn’t able to add another win to her racing resume with a fifth place finish behind Appearance in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) her best result.

Other interesting Blazer Stakes entries include the inconsistent Flying Snitzel, Robert Heathcote-trained Fire Up Fifi and the resuming Epingle.

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2013 Blazer Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 10 – 5:45pm (AEST) – 05/10/2013

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 110x0521x3 MAYBE DISCREET Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 8 58.5kg 99
2 66x51878x5 FLYING SNITZEL Gerald Ryan Craig Williams 3 57.5kg 94
3 06x350687x ZURELLA (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Steven Arnold 13 57.5kg 100
4 13x524696x KAZANLUK Anthony Freedman James Winks 5 57.5kg 83
5 0054x335x2 HI BELLE John Gunning Vlad Duric 2 56.5kg 101
6 1x1812x221 CATKINS Chris Waller Craig Newitt 6 56.5kg 101
7 12x52311x9 LAKE SENTENTIA Darren Weir Ms Michelle Payne 17 56.5kg 97
8 4x635141x0 FIRE UP FIFI Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 16 55.5kg 99
9 113x1110x2 PERON John P Thompson Nash Rawiller 11 55.5kg 96
10 121×235 A TIME FOR JULIA Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 4 55.5kg 89
11 6D2214x861 MYBENZ Stuart Webb Nicholas Hall 9 54.5kg 86
12 133x36242x EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent Glen Boss 1 54kg 91
13 6117x404x0 PERFECTLY STUNNING (NZ) Pat Carey Damian Lane 12 54kg 81
14 x831261x0x GIRL GONE ROCKIN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 7 54kg 72
15 113323×66 RED FEZ David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 10 54kg 75
16 944x569x56 BALACLAVA LADY Nigel Blackiston Michael Walker 15 54kg 67
17e 6x555334x7 PERFECT OFFERING John Sadler Brett Prebble 14 54kg 63