Paul Perry’s Golden Slipper hopeful Modoc is one of the headline acceptors for the 2014 Pago Pago Stakes field at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday.
The young Haradasun colt was one of the original 12 two-year-old colts and geldings making up the field for this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Bowermans Office Furniture Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) on Rosehill Guineas Day.
There are just 11 remaining hopefuls in the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) lead-up however following the early scratching of the unraced Chris Waller-trained Redoutable Heart who had the outside barrier.
The Pago Pago is the last remaining chance for male juveniles to stake their claims at a shot at the prestigious Golden Slipper back at the track next Saturday, and as such the competition should be fierce.
Most of the field are a roughie’s chance at making the final line-up in the world’s richest race for two-year-olds, and that is reflected in their prices in the futures Golden Slipper odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Currently the shortest-priced Pago Pago runner in the Golden Slipper markets is Modoc paying $71.
Also nominated for the $500,000 Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on April 12, Modoc has had five starts to date for two wins.
They’ve had two Group 2 runs as well when sixth to Mossfun in the Silver Slipper Stakes at the start of the month, and their last start third where they worked home well to finish a length off winner Valentia in the Skyline Stakes on March 15.
Also coming via a run in the Skyline Stakes at Randwick is the Anthony Cummings-trained runner-up Mr Bogart.
Drawn in gate two for Saturday with Zac Purton to ride, the Northern Meteor colt will be third-up here and after their maiden win.
Their Skyline run was a good effort as they couldn’t get a clear run and is one they should improve on in the Pago Pago Stakes.
The next best in Golden Slipper betting meanwhile is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Mr Cha Cha ($81).
The son of Snitzel won their debut at Wyong before two decent black type seconds.
The first was behind Fighting Sun in the Listed Canonbury Stakes where they were beaten three lengths, then their last start was at Canberra in the Black Opal where they were under a length off Lucky Raquie in the 1200m event.
As for the 2014 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes hopefuls in Saturday’s showdown, one of the best fancied for the upcoming Group 1 is the Peter Snowden-trained Kumaon.
A Lonhro colt, Kumaon steps up in class here after two good Rosehill runs during the summer, winning their debut here in December before a third to subsequent Canonbury Stakes winning Flighting Sun from early January.
Other notable Pago Pago hopes this autumn then include upcoming Sebring colt Khrysler, John O’Shea’s last start Hawkesbury winner Kuro, and the Gerald Ryan-trained duo of Klammer and Time For War drawn in barriers three and seven respectively.
A winner at Canberra two back, Snitzel colt Klammer comes off a good Black Opal Stakes third while Time For War is a winner at the track back in the spring.
The complete Pago Pago Stakes 2014 field, barriers and jockeys are listed below.
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2014 Pago Pago Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 2 – 12:50pm (AEST) – 29/03/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||122||MR CHA CHA||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||8||55.5kg|
|2||11263||MODOC||Paul Perry||Blake Shinn||5||55.5kg|
|3||13x||KUMAON||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||3||55.5kg|
|4||313||KLAMMER||Gerald Ryan||Joshua Parr||7||55.5kg|
|5||1x||TIME FOR WAR||Gerald Ryan||Damien Thornton (a)||10||55.5kg|
|6||52||MR BOGART||Anthony Cummings||Zac Purton||2||55.5kg|
|7||33×33||KHRYSLER||Mark de Montfort||Michael Rodd||6||55.5kg|
|8||1||KURO (NZ)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||9||55.5kg|
|9||4||WILDERNESS||David Hayes||Nash Rawiller||1||55.5kg|
|10||35||REMBRANDT||Clarry Conners||Craig Williams||11||55.5kg|
|11||–||REDOUTABLE HEART||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||12||55.5kg|
|12||0||YANCHA BOY||Joan Pracey||Ms Kathy O’Hara||4||55.5kg|