Guelph Included in 2014 Light Fingers Stakes Final Field

February 19, 2014

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Guelph Included in 2014 Light Fingers Stakes Final Field

Classy filly Guelph will make her highly anticipated return to the track for the first time in 2014 this Saturday, having been included in the final field for the 2014 Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.

Guelph will return to racing for the first time in 2014 in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes

Guelph will return to racing for the first time in 2014 in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

In a highly impressive 2013 spring campaign, the talented Exceed And Excel filly ran a close second to Bound For Earth in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) before capping her season with wins in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m), Group 1 Coolmore Flight Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).

Having dominated a Rosehill barrier trial in early February, trainer Peter Snowden in confident Guelph can immediately pick up where she left off in 2013, despite drawing barrier 9.

Gai Waterhouse-trained Sweet Idea returned to the track in November having spent the 2013 spring in the spelling paddock, and despite drawing the unfortunate barrier 10, is an early favourite to cause problems for Guelph having already claimed the Wyong Three-Year-Old Stakes (1200m) and the $1 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) this preparation.

Despite opening her racing career in less-than impressive form, three-year-old Zanbagh (barrier 5) produced one of the most consistent 2013 spring campaigns of any Australian runner; claiming the City Of Ballarat Plate (1600m) and Sportsbet Top Tote Plus Handicap (2000m) before running second by a nose to Kirramosa in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) last time out.

Trainer Guy Walter and jockey Blake Shinn teamed up to claim the Expressway Stakes with Appearance two weeks ago, and are confident of repeat success at Group 2 level in the Light Fingers Stakes on Saturday with Zanbagh.

Having strolled home to win the TAB.com.au Maiden (1200m) first-up on January 25th, three-year-old Champagne Cath has now claimed three wins from only six starts including the Listed Reginald Allen Quality (1400m) ahead of Kirramosa.

Trainer Chris Waller has outlined a busy Autumn schedule for the Street Sense filly, and is confident Champagne Cath can continue her claim a third win on the trot when leaving from barrier seven in the Light Finger Stakes this weekend.

Team Hawkes-trained Real Surreal (barrier 1) is the only other entrant carrying winning form into the 2014 Light Fingers Stakes, while Thump (barrier 3), Arabian Gold (barrier 11) Gypsy Diamond (barrier 8), Estonian Princess (barrier 4), Everage (barrier 6) and Another Prayer (barrier 2) complete the 11 horse final field.

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2014 Light Fingers Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 9411x2111x GUELPH Peter Snowden 9 56kg 110
2 22213x2x11 SWEET IDEA Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 10 56kg 102
3 1311x REAL SURREAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Corey Brown 1 56kg 86
4 7260x1317x THUMP Kris Lees Jim Cassidy 3 56kg 92
5 211124146x ARABIAN GOLD David Vandyke Josh Adams 11 56kg 85
6 72x376154x GYPSY DIAMOND John O’Shea Nash Rawiller 8 56kg 88
7 2425×4312 ESTONIAN PRINCESS Scott Aspery Christian Reith 4 56kg 76
8 212121224x EVERAGE Craig Carmody Nathan Berry 6 56kg 82
9 87x03112x ZANBAGH Guy Walter Blake Shinn 5 56kg 85
10 1x4631x1 CHAMPAGNE CATH Chris Waller Jay Ford 7 56kg 85
11 963114x ANOTHER PRAYER John P Thompson Jason Collett 2 56kg 68

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