This Saturday Chris Waller’s Golden Rose winner Zoustar will back-up from their Group 1 win in Sydney’s 2013 Roman Consul Stakes facing a small field of just seven rivals.
Scaring away the bulk of contenders for this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Sydney City Toyota Roman Consul Stakes (1200m), Zoustar has drawn gate four and will be ridden by regular hoop Jim Cassidy.
In a huge boost for connections of the Northern Meteor colt, veteran 99-time Group 1 winning jockey Cassidy opted to pass up the chance to ride Hawkspur in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) in Melbourne on Saturday staying in Sydney instead to stick with the three-year-old.
The main foreseeable danger to Zoustar’s chances of going back-to-back is jumping one outside of them in barrier five with the Jason Coyle-trained Va Pensiero.
The Stratum colt won back-to-back Group 3 races at Rosehill in August beating plenty of smart types in the San Domenico Stakes and The Run To The Rose including Zoustar who was third in the latter.
Coyle opted not to test Va Pensiero in the Golden Rose over more distance however, instead running the Coolmore Stud Stakes-bound sprinter in the Listed Heritage Stakes (1000m) on September 21 where they ran a good fourth to Barbed.
Peter Snowden’s Heritage Stakes winner Barbed is also in the Roman Consul line-up for Saturday, the Canny Lad gelding looking to retain their undefeated status having also won at Canterbury on debut back in May.
Gai Waterhouse will also be keeping an eye on her last-start winner Mr Jackman (barrier 7) who shoots for consecutive win number three here following victories over 1300m and 1350m at Warwick Farm in August and then Wyong last start.
See below for the official Roman Consul Stakes 2013 field, barriers, jockeys and weights so you can assess your selections before betting on the race opens at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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2013 Roman Consul Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Randwick Race 5 – 2:45pm (AEST) – 05/10/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1112×41||ZOUSTAR||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||4||56.5kg||104|
|2||0x1290x114||VA PENSIERO||Jason Coyle||Nathan Berry||5||56.5kg||92|
|3||1×1||BARBED||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||6||56.5kg||81|
|4||345×211||MR JACKMAN||Gai Waterhouse||Thomas Huet||7||56.5kg||70|
|5||112||OPEN BOOK||Darren Smith||Christian Reith||3||56.5kg||73|
|6||7388×5||HAVANA||Paul Messara||Joshua Parr||2||56.5kg||74|
|7||1749×2||FLAK JACKET||Grahame Begg||James McDonald||1||56.5kg||66|
|8||861259x||LITTLE MISS SMILEY||John P Thompson||Hugh Bowman||8||54.5kg||67|