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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.
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|
|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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