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Chris Waller’s flying Emirates Stakes winner Boban will vie for their fifth win from as many starts this time in when the four-year faces off against a crack field of milers in the 2013 Emirates Stakes on the weekend.
The marquee race of the final Melbourne Cup Carnival race day, this Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) has drawn a full field of 16 hopefuls.
Sure-to-be favourite having won all four of their starts this time in, including the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) in Sydney two back, is Bernardini gelding Boban.
After killing it in Sydney for their opening three runs this prep Boban made their Melbourne debut on Caulfield Cup Day and handled the opposite way of racing without issue beating Strawberry Boy in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m).
For that run they carried 59.5kg and will drop back to 57kg on Saturday when they jump from a lovely barrier four draw, Glyn Schofield to ride, in the Emirates Stakes.
They are the second heaviest weighted hope in the race following the Rob Heathcote-trained Solzhenitsyn (58kg).
Heathcote saddles up two Group 1 hopes on Emirates Stakes Day with his Manikato winner Buffering running in the VRC Sprint Classic as well as his St Petersburg seven-year-old Solzhenitsyn in the Emirates.
Winner of the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield two back the veteran bummed out at Flemington last Saturday when dead last behind Side Glance in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).
That Derby Day test showed the Brisbane galloper was no stayer and even on the short back-up Solzhenitsyn should be far better going back down to a mile for the Emirates.
Waller meanwhile will be dually represented in the Emirates Stakes field having also accepted for Sacred Falls in gate six with Glen Boss to ride.
Winner of the Doncaster in the mud back in April, four-year-old O’Reilly stallion Sacred Falls was eighth in the Epsom before improving at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day to run third behind Toydini in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m).
Along with Boban there are four other last start winners in this year’s Emirates, the next most notable of which is the Guy Walter-trained Crystal Mile champ.
Toydini and their hoop Blake Shinn have work to do from out in barrier 12 on Saturday but the smart galloper, third in the Epson, held on in the Crystal Mile when carrying 58.5kg and go back to 56.5kg here.
Crystal Mile runner-up Speediness from the stables of Colin Scott also returns in the Emirates, the Testa Rossa six-year-old in a gun gate two draw with Craig Williams to ride.
Before the Crystal Mile Speediness enjoyed two Group 1 fourth place finishes behind Rebel Dane and Solzhenitsyn in the Sir Rupert Clarke (from barrier 13) and Toorak Handicap (from barrier 16) respectively, and will be out for a better finish with a nice draw this time in.
The others shooting for successive victories meanwhile are the Tony McEvoy-trained Sale Cup champ Mouro (barrier seven) whop drops from 58kg to just 53kg, Group 3 Derby Day winner as a $41 outsider Smokin’ Joey (barrier eight) and this week’s Melbourne Cup winning trainer Gai Waterhouse with Spurtonic (barrier 11).
Fourth in the Epsom to Boban, Flying Spur four-year-old Spurtonic was stepped up to 2000m on Caulfield Cup Day and won the Coongy Handicap, an interesting move by Waterhouse then to drop them to the mile again for this.
See below for the complete Emirates Stakes 2013 final field, barrier draw, jockeys and weights.
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2013 Emirates Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Flemington Race 7 – 3:45pm (AEST) – 09/11/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||30715×2319||SOLZHENITSYN (NZ)||Robert Heathcote||Nash Rawiller||5||58kg||114|
|2||41229×1111||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||4||57kg||112|
|3||x5521x4783||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||6||56.5kg||111|
|4||x5114x5131||TOYDINI||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||12||56.5kg||111|
|5||00x5111x58||LINTON||John Sadler||Jamie Mott||1||56kg||110|
|6||11x1528x03||MULL OF KILLOUGH (IRE)||Jane Chapple-Hyam||–||13||56kg||110|
|7||112x25415x||HAVANA GOLD (IRE)||Mikel Delzangles||Jamie Spencer||15||55.5kg||109|
|8||1x0910x132||NASHVILLE (NZ)||Adrian Bull||Steven Arnold||16||55.5kg||109|
|9||76131×1442||SPEEDINESS||Colin Scott||Craig Williams||2||55kg||108|
|10||2x6212x201||MOURO (USA)||Tony McEvoy||Craig Newitt||7||53kg||104|
|11||43x2323x2x||STIPULATE (GB)||David Hayes||Dwayne Dunn||10||53kg||104|
|12||70916×8135||BLACKIE (NZ)||Jarrod McLean||Chris Symons||3||52.5kg||103|
|13||49x4280x01||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Wez Hunter||Jason Benbow||8||52.5kg||103|
|14||227×111441||SPURTONIC||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||11||52.5kg||103|
|15||9x70503x13||STRIKE THE STARS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||Chad Schofield (a)||14||52kg||96|
|16||x1124x1013||RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Kerrin McEvoy||9||52kg||92|
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