2013 Angst Stakes Field – Spring Champion Stakes Day

This Saturday Sydney’s final Group 1 race meeting of the spring will take place at Royal Randwick, with the day’s major support race being the Angst Stakes 2013.

Sharnee Rose

Sharnee Rose looks the one to beat in Saturday's Angst Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of only two Group races on the program along with the $400,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) for three-year-olds, this year’s $125,000 Group 3 McGrath Estate Agents Angst Stakes (1600m) is scheduled to bring things to a close as Randwick Race 8 at 5:20pm (AEST).

Open to mares only the mile showdown has drawn a final field of 15 hopefuls, the top-rated of which is the Kris Lees-trained Sharnee Rose.

Drawn to perfection in barrier three with Brenton Avdulla riding, the Nadeem five-year-old improved on a distant 10th at Newcastle in the Tibbie Stakes to take out the Group 3 Golden Pendant (1400m) at Rosehill last start on September 28.

There she defeated Chris Waller’s Group 1 winner Red Tracer (2nd), as well as Bennetta (3rd) and multiple elite level champion Appearance (4th), so Sharnee Rose definitely looks the mare to beat here.

Lees will also saddle-up another in-form chance in Gold Epona (barrier seven), who comes off a second in the Group 3 Tibbie Stakes (1400m) behind Vaquera from September 19.

There are then two other last start winners along with Sharnee Rose looking to make it two on the trot in the Angst Stakes with the John O’Shea-trained Lucky Lago who won over the Warwick Farm mile a fortnight ago and Aliyana, another Warwick Farm mile winner from September 29, out in gate 13.

Other notable hopes coming off some good lead-up form include the Gai Waterhouse-trained Stratum four-year-old Queenstown who was runner-up to Lucky Lago last start, their lightly-raced stablmate Porcellanus in the outside draw, and Chris Waller’s Fastnet Rock four-year-old Jade Marauder.

Of the two Waterhouse hopes, Queenstown is the better fancied having won three of her nine career starts.

She was considered for an ATC Oaks bid during the autumn but failed to make the grade running a disappointing eighth in the Adrian Knox Stakes in the lead-up.

Last start she did well to finish as close as she did after blundering the jump, Waterhouse’s stable foreman Mark Newnham hoping she’ll be better away this weekend.

“It was just unfortunate her back legs went from underneath her just as she was coming out,” he told sportsnews.com.au.

Newnham is also confident High Chaparral mare Porcellanus has improvement on her first-up fifth at Canterbury which was the four-year-olds maiden run since a distant 14th when tested at Group 1 level for the Queensland Oaks (2400m) in June.

“We probably threw her into the deep end in the Queensland Oaks but with fillies you don’t get many chances,” he said.

“But looking at it the trip up there probably seasoned her up a bit.”

See below for the full Angst Stakes 2013 final field and barrier draw.

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2013 Angst Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Randwick Race 8 – 5:20pm (AEST) – 12/10/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x14620x601 SHARNEE ROSE Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 3 56kg 101
2 338xD6Dx07 JADE MARAUDER Chris Waller Jason Collett 11 56kg 85
3 111x3930x8 CATHAY LADY John Sargent Blake Shinn 4 55kg 92
4 x109847x10 IMPETUOUS Clarry Conners Peter Robl 9 55kg 81
5 3x575x4126 LILLIBURLERO David Payne Tim Clark 6 54kg 85
6 2236×40345 CAPITAL COMMANDER Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 5 54kg 84
7 31x513308x SINDARIN Peter Snowden Christian Reith 2 54kg 83
8 3115230×02 GOLD EPONA Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 7 54kg 82
9 2131×951 LUCKY LAGO John O’Shea Jim Cassidy 14 54kg 82
10 3x921821x2 QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse Thomas Huet 10 54kg 80
11 6x221182x8 GRAND DAUGHTER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Josh Adams 1 54kg 78
12 411154×046 JUST AS COSMIC Steven Wilson Yusuke Ichikawa (a) 8 54kg 75
13 03×3016481 ALIYANA (NZ) Bart & James Cummings Jay Ford 13 54kg 74
14 42835017×7 OUR GIRL CHARLIZE Clarry Conners Nathan Berry 12 54kg 74
15 110×5 PORCELLANUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Adam Hyeronimus 15 54kg 69