The final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) has been released, with nine runners confirmed to jump race three at Caulfield on Saturday, including Bound For Earth.
Having recorded a particularly consistent 2013 spring campaign that was undoubtedly highlighted when beating standout filly Guelph to first in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) on September 7th, Bound For Earth returned to the track slightly underdone in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) on February 8th and was unable to justify favouritism finishing outside the places.
Despite the less-than-favourable start to her 2014 campaign, trainer John O’Shea is confident the Northern Meteor filly will be better for the run and will be difficult to beat from barrier 2.
Also included in the final field for the 2014 Angus Armanasco Stakes is in-form three-year-old Spirits Dance (barrier 7).
Slowly warming to the task over the 2013 spring, Spirits Dance has returned to the track in scintillating form in 2014, following up an easy win in the New Year Handicap F (1200m) on January 1st with victory in the Vaughan Webb Handicap (1100m) before continuing her so-far perfect preparation in the Kevin Hayes Stakes two weeks ago.
Trainer Peter Moody has big plans for the talented Statue Of Liberty filly in 2014, with a run in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) in March appearing likely.
Moody looks likely to walk away from the 2014 Angus Armanasco Stakes a winner, after final acceptances this morning revealed the leading trainer will saddle no less than five of the nine confirmed runners, with Diamond Glow (barrier 5), Metaphorical (barrier 6), Miralago (barrier 1) and Arikara (barrier 3) set to join Spirits Dance on Saturday.
Marianne (barrier 4), Patricia Dawn (barrier 8) and New Zealand import Demandz (barrier 9) complete the final field for the 2014 Angus Armanasco Stakes.
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2014 Angus Armanasco Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||153x1335x4||BOUND FOR EARTH||John O’Shea||James McDonald||2||57kg||90|
|2||12×59||DIAMOND GLOW||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||5||57kg||70|
|3||631x63x111||SPIRITS DANCE||Peter G Moody||Chad Schofield||7||56.5kg||86|
|4||5x112x2||MARIANNE (NZ)||Michael Kent||Craig Williams||4||55kg||78|
|5||712x9353x3||PATRICIA DAWN||Pat Hyland||Michael Rodd||8||55kg||70|
|6||119x||METAPHORICAL||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||6||55kg||68|
|7||12146||DEMANDZ (NZ)||Lisa Anderson||Mark Zahra||9||55kg||67|
|8||125×3||MIRALAGO||Peter G Moody||Glen Boss||1||55kg||63|
|9||13L8||ARIKARA||Peter G Moody||Craig Newitt||3||55kg||62|