The final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) have been released, with a total of 10 runners confirmed to line up at Royal Randwick on Saturday, including Toydini.
Having claimed five of 18 starts to date, Toydini won both the Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m) and Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) during a strong 2013 spring that also produced a strong third behind talented miler Boban and Streama in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).
Having spent the summer resting up in the spelling yard the Bernardini gelding will be aiming for first-up success in the 2014 Southern Cross Stakes and will has been given great opportunity to do so, having drawn the ideal barrier 2.
Also included in the final field for the 2014 Southern Cross Stakes is Riva De Lago.
Having amassed seven wins from 30 starts, six-year-old Riva De Lago claimed the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) from Solzhenitsyn on September 14th however quickly fatigued throughout the 2013 spring and was sent to the spelling paddock in early November after a forgettable ninth in the Group 3 TAB.com.au Stakes (1400m).
Trainer Chris Waller has been pleased with two recent barrier trials produced by the Encosta De Lago gelding, whose claims received a further boost when drawing barrier 1.
Despite winning two of only four starts to date, Team Hawkes-trained Not Listenin’tome was undoubtedly most impressive when running a close second to Zoustar in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November second, however will need to find again find a good line early after drawing the unfortunate barrier 8.
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2014 Southern Cross Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||114x51316x||TOYDINI||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||2||60.5kg||110|
|2||222x81039x||RIVA DE LAGO||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||1||57.5kg||104|
|3||25212178×7||UNDER THE SUN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Adam Hyeronimus||10||55.5kg||100|
|4||6x595200x5||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||Christian Reith||7||55kg||99|
|5||67043x350x||ALBRECHT||Peter Snowden||Tommy Berry||5||54kg||97|
|6||5x30206x12||DANCES ON STARS (NZ)||Gerald Ryan||Jay Ford||9||54kg||97|
|7||35x311511x||THAT’S A GOOD IDEA||Joseph Pride||Jim Cassidy||3||54kg||94|
|8||364×550332||MY DESTINY||Jim Litt||Tim Clark||6||54kg||91|
|9||1122x||NOT LISTENIN’TOME||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Corey Brown||8||54kg||91|
|10||15x1112x||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||Jason Collett||4||54kg||91|