Edward Manifold Stakes 2013 Field Released

This Saturday a field of promising three-year-old fillies is set to face off at Flemington Racecourse as part of a huge 10-race Turnbull Stakes Day program in the 2013 Edward Manifold Stakes.

Romantic Moon

Group 3 winner Romantic Moon should be one of the top fancies for Saturday's Edward Manifold Stakes 2013. Photo: Steve Hart.

Scheduled as Flemington Race 7, the same track and race number as the world famous Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November, at 3:45pm (AEST), this year’s $220,000 Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1610m) has drawn a final field of 11 hopefuls.

Many of them will be using the Melbourne run as a lead-up to the $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on Wednesday October 16.

The shortest priced of the Edward Manifold Stakes fillies in the futures markets for the Thousand Guineas is the Robert Smerdon-trained Politeness.

Paying $6 in early betting to upset dual Group 1 winner Guelph ($2.90) in the Group 1 later in the month, the daughter of Street Sense has been in top form this time in.

She won her first-up race by six lengths at Sale in August before another win this time over 1313m at Seymour in September.

Last start Politeness ran a great race when beaten under a length by Gregers in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m).

Smerdon will also saddle-up his Not A Single Doubt filly Every Faith who has been racing well against this class over the past month.

There are then two last start winners in the Edward Manifold Stakes mix on the weekend with Solicit and Metaphorical drawn in barriers eight and 11 respectively.

Due to be ridden by reigning Melbourne Cup winning jockey Brett Prebble, Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra’s Street Cry filly Solicit has won back-to-back races this time in at Ballarat and then Moonee Valley.

The Peter Moody-trained Metaphorical meanwhile is also after her third on the trot looking to keep her perfect record intact having won her opening two career starts to date at Cranbourne (1400m) and then Bendigo (1500m) last month.

A number of other up-and-coming fillies also ran cracking lead-up races to the Edward Manifold including the Anthony Cummings-trained Wordplay who was a brave second to Savvy Nature in the Newcastle Spring Stakes last start and David Hayes’ Morphettville Guineas runner-up Star Fashion.

Also in the mix are the progressive Sebring grey Fantome Gris and Romantic Moon.

Drawn on the rails with barrier one and Nash Rawiller riding, John O’Shea’s More Than Ready filly Romantic Moon is a Group 3 winner having won the Sweet Embrace Stakes over Thump back in March.

She’s run twice as a three-year-old running fifth to Bound For Earth then Guelph in the Group 2 Furious Stakes and Tea Rose in Sydney and should be one of the top fancies for Saturday in their Melbourne debut.

The complete Edward Manifold Stakes 2013 field, barriers and jockeys are detailed in the table below.

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2013 Edward Manifold Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 7 – 3:45pm (AEST) – 05/10/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 46x1114x05 LADY LAKSHMI David Brideoake & David Feek Daniel Stackhouse 4 55.5kg 77
2 33×34 GODIVA ROCK Michael Kent Michael Rodd 10 55.5kg 70
3 1x810x55 ROMANTIC MOON John O’Shea Nash Rawiller 1 55.5kg 82
4 212 WORDPLAY Anthony Cummings Glen Boss 7 55.5kg 72
5 7×11 SOLICIT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Brett Prebble 8 55.5kg 69
6 540×113 POLITENESS Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 5 55.5kg 73
7 25×3416 SE SAUVER Matt Laurie Damian Lane 9 55.5kg 64
8 11 METAPHORICAL Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 11 55.5kg 68
9 435×12 EVERY FAITH Robert Smerdon Mark Zahra 2 55.5kg 64
10 242 STAR FASHION David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 3 55.5kg 65
11 8x38x23 FANTOME GRIS Leon Corstens Dwayne Dunn 6 55.5kg 60