Broken Out to Bounce Back in 2013 Schillaci Stakes Field

After a disappointing last start loss that bought an end to a nice winning streak, the Darren Weir-trained Broken is out to return to form in the Schillaci Stakes 2013 in Melbourne on Saturday.

Broken

Broken is out to return to form in Saturday's Schillaci Stakes 2013. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

One of seven Group races on the 10-race Caulfield Guineas Day card, this year’s $220,000 Group 2 Schweppes Schillaci Stakes (1000m) is scheduled as Race 4 at 2:00pm (AEST).

The weight-for-age sprint has attracted nine hopefuls, the top-rated of which is seven-year-old Broken.

During August the gelding enjoyed back-to-back black type wins including the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) where they defeated Group 1 winner Temple Of Boom.

At Flemington on September 7 however Broken could only manage to finish 11th when beaten four lengths by Speediness in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m), an effort they are out to improve on this weekend.

A number of their Schillaci Stakes rivals however look to have the form edge coming off some good runs including two last start winners.

One is the Byron Cozamanis-trained Vatican.

A sprint specialist, God’s Own five-year-old Vatican was last seen winning a 950m Moonee Valley race first-up on September 27 when carrying 60kg, their drop back to 58.5kg under WFA to suit on Saturday.

Peter Snowden then prepares the other last start winner with his promising Exceed And Excel col Kuroshio who gets in on the 53kg lightweight as a three-year-old.

Kuroshio was outclassed in the Golden Slipper (14th of 16) and San Domenico Stakes (70th of 7) in recent runs but improved when dropping back to just 52kg for the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley last month to win.

Other notable hopes then include the returning stakes winner Unpretentious on the rails with Damien Oliver to ride from gate one, and the in-form Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained Smackdown.

Check out the full Schillaci Stakes 2013 field, barriers, jockeys and weights in the table below.

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2013 Schillaci Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 4 – 2:00pm (AEST) – 12/10/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 0x36433110 BROKEN Darren Weir Ben Melham 5 58.5kg 104
2 4x7658x09x GREY MONARCH Ricardo Meunier Cory Parish 9 58.5kg 85
3 x0x1611546 PAGO ROCK David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 3 58.5kg 102
4 11512715×1 VATICAN Byron Cozamanis Billy Egan 7 58.5kg 98
5 1136x318x8 SNITZEM Leon Corstens Glen Boss 2 58.5kg 93
6 56553x113x UNPRETENTIOUS Nikki Burke Damien Oliver 1 58.5kg 98
7 0x13527223 SMACKDOWN (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 6 58.5kg 74
8 08x3306x74 ANABAA’S LEGACY (NZ) Dean Binaisse Brett Prebble 4 56.5kg 82
9 13x2160x71 KUROSHIO Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 53kg 102