2014 Aspiration Quality Final Field and Barrier Draw

The 2014 Group 3 Aspiration Quality (1600m) will share a particularly exciting Royal Randwick race card with two Group 1 races, three Group 2 races, and a handful of other talent-filled events this Saturday, but is shaping as one of the most hard-fought contests of the day.

Express Power will contest the 2014 Aspiration Quality

Express Power will contest the 2014 Aspiration Quality. Photo: Daniel Costello

Having been touted as a leading contender in her three race starts so-far this season, four-year-old Any Day Will Do has been unable to hit peak form in 2014, but is arguably offered her best chance of Group level success in the Aspiration Quality this weekend after drawing the ideal barrier 1.

Amassing four wins and five places from only 13 race starts to date, Any Day Will Do quickly built to the task over her 2013 spring preparation, following up a competitive third in the Become An ATC Sponsor Maiden (1400m) with three-consecutuve wins, including the Longines Hong Kong International (1600m)

Trainer Guy Walter, who will also saddle Knead The Dough (barrier 6) and Mahara (barrier 10) in the 2014 Aspiration Quality is confident the talented Any Given Saturday mare will deliver this weekend ahead of a likely tilt at the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) in April.

Lucky Lago has returned to the track in good form this year, notably finishing a competitive third behind leading sprinter Red Tracer and A Time For Julia in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) on March 1st.

Despite drawing the somewhat awkward barrier 8 for the Aspiration Quality, the talented Encosta De Lago mare has proven ability of overcoming a poor start and offers trainer John O’Shea a legitimate chance of success this weekend.

Little-known mare Intimate Moment (barrier 11) will carry a two race winning streak into the 2014 Aspiration Quality, and has placed no worse than fourth in 13 race starts to date.

Apprentice jockey Sam Clipperton has been confirmed to retain the ride on the Dubawi mare this weekend, having partnered the four-year-old in 10 competitive starts so far.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse has been confirmed to saddle the most hopefuls of any trainer in the 2014 Aspiration Quality, having accepted positions in the final field for Porcellanus (barrier 13), Diamond Drille (barrier 4) and Forever Loved (barrier 9).

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2014 Aspiration Quality Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 34542127×9 CAPITAL COMMANDER Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 5 58kg 87
2 5355419×77 PRETTY PINS (NZ) John P Thompson Damien Oliver 3 58kg 87
3 x63111x737 ANY DAY WILL DO Guy Walter Blake Shinn 1 57.5kg 86
4 31x95179x3 LUCKY LAGO John O’Shea Jim Cassidy 8 57.5kg 86
5 21217x9x34 EXPRESS POWER Kris Lees 2 56.5kg 84
6 110x530x PORCELLANUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 13 54.5kg 79
7 00×3541228 TRANSONIC John P Thompson Craig Newitt 12 54.5kg 79
8 16121×58 DIAMOND DRILLE Gai Waterhouse Tim Clark 4 54.5kg 76
9 10112×9047 KNEAD THE DOUGH (NZ) Guy Walter 6 54.5kg 76
10 1239×32582 DANESIRI Wayne Wilkes 7 54.5kg 75
11 18×521 FOREVER LOVED (NZ) Gai Waterhouse James McDonald 9 54.5kg 75
12 42×2124311 INTIMATE MOMENT (NZ) Ron Quinton Sam Clipperton (a) 11 54.5kg 75
13 57×1311 MAHARA Guy Walter Glen Boss 10 54.5kg 70


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