2013 The Nivison Final Field Headlined By Driefontein

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 will carry the top weight of the 56.5kg in the Group 3 The Nivison at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Driefontein will carry the top weight of the 56.5kg in the Group 3 The Nivison at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Photo by: Steve Hart

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