Classy mare Driefontein will have the opportunity to return to the winners circle in the Group 3 The Nivison (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Driefontein started her 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaign with an impressive win in the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 14 but finished a disappointing fifth behind roughie Sharnee Rose in the Group 3 Golden Pendant (1400m) a fortnight later.
The Fastnet Rock mare showed plenty of talent as a juvenile, winning her first four starts, but failed to live up to her potential and was beaten as an unbackable favourite in the 2012 Wyong Magic Millions (1200m).
Driefontein will face stiff competition in The Nivison this weekend; with the Chris Waller-trained duo of Hidden Kisses and She’s Clean also included in the final field for the Group 3 event.
Hidden Kisses started her campaign way back in April but has managed to remain in strong form for her entire preparation.
After a couple of unlucky seconds the Hidden Dragon mare broke through for a victory in the Sportsyear Handicap (1200m) at Royal Randwick on August 10 before going on to upset Caulfield Cup contender Royal Descent in the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) at Warwick Farm on August 24.
She’s Clean recorded three straight wins during the autumn and returned to the races with a strong first-up performance in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick; finishing within half a length of impressive winner Arinosa who is expected to contest the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) next weekend.
Arguably the most interesting runner in The Nivison final field is Guy Walter-trained Gamba who will be making her debut at Group level after recording five wins from six career starts.
The Elusive Quality mare started her career with four straight wins at Canberra, Newcastle and Canterbury and suffered her first loss in May before returning to the winners circle with a two lengths victory in the Canterbury Park Handicap on September 25.
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2013 The Nivison Final Field & Barrier Draw
Royal Randwick Race 8 – 5.15pm (AEST) – 19/10/2013
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||3442666×15||DRIEFONTEIN||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||10||56.5kg||103|
|2||4×32082117||HIDDEN KISSES||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||8||56kg||96|
|3||4141x115x5||SHE’S CLEAN||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||4||55.5kg||103|
|4||430x44111x||BLACK MAGIC||Bruce Brown||Ryan Wiggins||5||55kg||88|
|5||04025178×3||DIAMOND EARTH||Anthony Cummings||Adam Hyeronimus||6||55kg||86|
|6||730x40667x||EMOTIONAL CIRCUS||Kris Lees||Christian Reith||7||54kg||89|
|7||x124x3x367||GOLDEN SUNSHINE||Rick Worthington||Sam Clipperton (a)||2||54kg||86|
|8||133x64140x||PLUCKY BELLE||Peter G Moody||Ms Linda Meech||11||54kg||82|
|9||11116×1||GAMBA||Guy Walter||Nathan Berry||3||54kg||80|
|10||x1118x1430||JUST A GIRL||Scott Aspery||Timothy Bell||9||54kg||80|
|11||x11851x036||DARK BROWN SUGAR||Scott Singleton||Ms Kathy O’Hara||1||54kg||76|
|12||1623226143||REGAL THUNDER||Andrew Eastcott||Jay Ford||12||54kg||70|
|13||1189467018||LOLAVIE||Paul Perry||Thomas Huet||13||54kg||62|