2014 Alister Clark Stakes Final Field


Autumn Classic winner Vilanova backs up in Friday night's 2014 Alister Clark Stakes at the Valley. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

With all the elite racing action happening in Sydney this weekend the Moonee Valley night racing program on Friday evening could have been overlooked, the card headed by the Alister Clark Stakes 2014.

While the bulk of the autumn features are now over in Melbourne with the excitement moving firmly to Sydney, punters are still treated to a beauty tomorrow night with a top field of three-year-olds for the $220,000 Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m).

Running as Moonee Valley Race 6 at 9:15pm (AEST), this year’s Alsiter Clark field features a capacity 14 starters plus two emergencies lying in wait.

Heading the field with the number one saddlecloth is the Chris Waller-trained Vilanova who has gate 13 to overcome.

The Commands gelding stepped up to black type after a number of easy early season runs on February 22, Craig Newitt guiding them to a good win in the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m).

Newitt retains the Alister Clark ride and will be hoping for a similar result under the lights for this Kiwi import.

There are three other last start winners in the Alister Clark Stakes field this year then with the David Hayes-trained Honey Steel’s Gold in the far outside barrier, Peter Moody’s lightly-raced Reset gelding Cadillac Mountain drawn ideally in gate two and Moe-based runner Slew Left (barrier nine).

Along with Cadillac Mountain Melbourne’s premier trainer Moody will also be represented by Group 2 Autumn Stakes fourth palced Bardem (barrier four) out to improve on their last start 12th to Shamus Award in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).

Slew Left’s trainer Michael Templeton also has dual acceptors with All Rigged Up in barrier one who has been disappointing this season with two last place efforts at Moe and Sandown respectively.

Others coming off good lead-up form meanwhile include the Gai Waterhouse-trained Al Maher gelding Pheidon having just their fifth career start, Mista Spot for Anthony Freedman who won two on the trot before their last start third and Michael Kent’s Sebring filly Scratchy Bottom.

A winner at the track on debut during the spring, Scratchy Bottom also ran at Moonee Valley when fourth to Gypsy Diamond in the Group 2 Fillies Classic (1600m) during the Cox Plate Carnival.

She’s had two runs this autumn, a first-up win at Caulfield followed by a fourth to Solicit in the Group 3 The Mittys Vanity (1400m) from February 15.

The complete Alister Clark Stakes 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and set weights are detailed below.

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2014 Alsiter Clark Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Moonee Valley Race 6 – 9:15pm (AEST) – 14/03/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 0580×33771 VILANOVA (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 13 57kg 86
2 11x3048x81 HONEY STEEL’S GOLD David Hayes Stephen Baster 16 57kg 73
3 1151×76 SURGE AHEAD Anthony Cummings Chris Symons 12 57kg 76
4 11659×39 LATE CHARGE Wendy Kelly Vlad Duric 11 57kg 72
5 1123 PHEIDON Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 10 57kg 71
6 x018322x00 ALL RIGGED UP Michael Templeton Darren Gauci (late alt) 1 57kg 66
7 42457×65 BRING SOMETHING Ken Keys Michael Walker 6 57kg 65
8 4x4384x113 MISTA SPOT Anthony Freedman Steven Arnold 8 57kg 67
9 9x465x0154 MYSONHARRY Michael Kent Damian Lane 5 57kg 65
10 2419×1 CADILLAC MOUNTAIN Peter G Moody Chad Schofield 2 57kg 67
11 748×564321 SLEW LEFT Michael Templeton Brian Higgins 9 57kg 54
12 12×40 BARDEM (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 4 57kg 67
13 27×6147 CALENDAR LAD Greg Eurell Brad Rawiller 14 57kg 63
14 14×14 SCRATCHY BOTTOM Michael Kent Michael Rodd 7 55kg 71
15e 712758 THE TERRICKS Robbie Griffiths Luke Currie 15 57kg 65
16e 63 BLUE EYES Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 3 55kg 58


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