The 2014 Nudgee Quality Handicap (1200m) is the feature race at Eagle Farm on Saturday and sixteen talented fillies and mares have been included in the final field for the Listed event.
Garnett Taylor-trained Divine City has previously recorded a win at Listed level and will carry the top-weight of 59kg when she returns to Brisbane after having no luck when seventh behind Driefontein in the Magic Millions Fillies And Mares Handicap (1300m) at the Gold Coast on January 11.
Divine City will need to be at her very best to score her second win at Listed level in the 2014 Nudgee Quality Handicap but has performed well this preparation; recording wins in the St Margaret’s School Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm on August 10 and the Listed Just Now Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on December 14.
Also backing up from the Magic Millions Fillies And Mares Handicap is Stuart Kendrick-trained Sept De Coeurs (barrier 15), who will be making her black type racing debut following her tough front running effort at the Gold Coast.
Sept De Coeurs started her summer campaign with a dominant win over My Bling and Casarati in the National Rental Solutions Handicap (1000m) at the Sunshine Coast on December 21 and recorded a most impressive five and a half lengths win in the XXXX Handicap (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast in July 27.
The Show A Heart filly will be joined in the Nudgee Quality Handicap by stablemate Avaladyluck who has performed well in two starts since returning from a stint in the spelling paddock.
Avaladyluck finished second behind Seeking More in the Sky Racing TV Handicap (1010m) at Doomben on December 21 and was far from disgraced when an unlucky fifth behind Whittington and Emmalene in the Magic Millions Sprint (1100m) at the Gold Coast on January 11.
Newcastle-based trainer Kris Lees has included Perfectly Stunning in the Nudge Quality Handicap acceptances; with the Perfectly Ready mare set to return to the races for the first time since her disappointing 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaign.
Perfectly Ready beat home just a single runner when 11th behind Catkins in the Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint (1200m) at Caulfield on September 21 and faded badly in the final stages of the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1410m) at Flemington on October 5.
Other interesting runners that have been included in the 2014 Nudgee Quality Handicap are: the popular Little Brown Horse (barrier 8), the Bryan Guy-trained duo of Jacquetta (barrier 13) and Nupyse (barrier 11) as well as the in-form Miss Leibert (barrier 4).
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2014 Nudgee Quality Handicap Final Field And Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||4×21723217||DIVINE CITY||Garnett Taylor||Chris Munce||12||59kg||88|
|2||3438×11291||LITTLE BROWN HORSE||Kelly Doughty||Michael Cahill||8||58kg||86|
|3||223412×253||JACQUETTA||Bryan Guy||Ryan Wiggins||13||56.5kg||83|
|4||x6251x4474||NUPTSE||Bryan Guy||Ric McMahon||11||56kg||82|
|5||17x404x00x||PERFECTLY STUNNING (NZ)||Kris Lees||Damian Browne||6||56kg||82|
|6||D122x3x658||PLAYTIME||Todd Austin||Jason Taylor||2||56kg||82|
|7||x573211912||MISS LEIBERT||Tony Gollan||Priscilla Schmidt (a)||4||55kg||80|
|8||11x3x56351||TEAR IT UP||Tony Gollan||Bobby El-Issa||7||54.5kg||79.5|
|9||55757120×2||AROUND THE WORLD||Jim Hanna||Brad Stewart||10||54kg||77.5|
|10||x2188x3113||HOLY DELUSIONS||Tim Martin||Glen Colless||1||54kg||77|
|11||2184422611||DARLIN’ JULES||Jan Aitkenhead||Anthony Allen (a)||14||54kg||76.5|
|12||0x12344x25||AVALADYLUCK||Stuart Kendrick||Larry Cassidy||17||54kg||76|
|13||4x1460x711||INTERJECT||Jason McLachlan||Jim Byrne||16||54kg||76|
|14||11x1500x27||TUKIYO||Lacey Morrison||Ms Tegan Harrison (a)||3||54kg||75|
|15||123×3151||MONICELLI||Les Ross||Kirk Matheson (a)||9||54kg||69|
|16||216×14||SEPT DE COEURS||Stuart Kendrick||Timothy Bell||5||54kg||68|