A Time For Julia Leads Roy Higgins Tribute Final Field

In honour of the late, great jockey-come-owner Roy Higgins, the 2014 Group 3 Wenona Girl Handicap (1200m) has assumed the name ‘The Roy Higgins Tribute Quality’ on this weekend’s Royal Randwick race card, and has been confirmed to host a particularly exciting list of 15 runners after the final field and barrier draw was released this morning.

A Time For Julia has been confirmed for the 2014 Roy Higgins Tribute Quality

A Time For Julia has been confirmed for the 2014 Roy Higgins Tribute Quality. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Having returned to the track in scintillating form in 2014, classy filly A Time For Julia arguably headlines the 2014 Roy Higgins Tribute final field, but will have to overcome the awkward barrier 12 to continue her good run of form in the best way possible.

Claiming three wins and four places from only nine race starts to date, A Time For Julia produced an impressive turn of foot to easily run down Danestroem and Bonaria and win the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) first-up, continuing on to finish second behind leading sprinter Red Tracer in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) last time out.

Trainer Peter Moody holds the classy Redoute’s Choice mare in understandably high regard, and is confident of continued success this weekend ahead of a likely appearance in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on April 12th.

Having also returned to the track in fine touch in 2014, Lilliburlero was arguably the big winner at this morning’s barrier draw, and will leave from the ideal gate 1.

Trained by David Payne at Rosehill, Lilliburlero has recorded four wins and two places from 12 race starts to date, including the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on February 22nd.

Payne has geared the talented four-year-old towards a run in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1400m) in April, and is Lilliburlero will continue her perfect start to the year in the Roy Higgins Tribute this weekend.

Gai Waterhouse-trained Driefontein is yet to reach full potential in 2014, having been unable to secure a win after strolling home in the R.M Williams Magic Millions Quality (1300m) in early January.

Contesting one of the most consistent 2013 autumn campaigns of any Australian three-year-old, Waterhouse believes it’s only a matter of time before the Fastnet Rock mare returns to peak condition, and is offered a good opportunity to do so in the Roy Higgins Tribute after being allocated the prime barrier 4.

Trainer Joseph Pride has experienced good success with classy mare Recoinage in her current preparation, winning the Gifts.com.au Maiden (1300m) and placing second behind Lilliburlero in the Triscay Stakes in her two most recent starts.

Despite being allocated the somewhat wide barrier 9 for the 2014 Roy Higgins Tribute, Pride is confident in another spirited run from the Warwick Farm-based four-year-old ahead of a hopeful challenge in the TJ Smith Stakes.

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2014 Roy Higgins Quality Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 6x154x4165 DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 4 58kg 102
2 8651x7168x AEROBATICS Peter Snowden 5 56kg 98
3 75x41268x1 LILLIBURLERO David Payne Nash Rawiller 1 56kg 98
4 12236x540x AVOID LIGHTNING Les Bridge Tim Clark 11 55.5kg 97
5 211x1539x7 PENTASIA Marc Quinn Christian Reith 6 55.5kg 97
6 21x2350x12 A TIME FOR JULIA Peter G Moody 12 55kg 96
7 x102000x2x EMMALENE Liam Birchley Glyn Schofield 10 55kg 89
8 6417x2007x MELIORA Peter G Moody 8 55kg 89
9 254×822412 RECOINAGE Joseph Pride Jason Collett 9 55kg 86
10 9x8214x7x9 SINGLE STYLE (NZ) Gary Portelli Brenton Avdulla 14 55kg 85
11 54713144×1 ANGEL BEE (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James McDonald 2 55kg 82
12 116x1535x8 GAMBA Guy Walter Glen Boss 3 55kg 79
13 3x869x1743 ZAUBERFLOTE Guy Walter 13 55kg 77
14 30x3414x50 SATURN ROCK Grahame Begg Jim Cassidy 15 55kg 76
15 188x3113x3 HOLY DELUSIONS Tim Martin Yusuke Ichikawa (a) 7 55kg 75

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