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The 2014 Royal Randwick Stakes field and barrier draw has been released and ten talented fillies are set to contest the Group 3 event at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
On top of the 2014 Royal Randwick Stakes field is Danny Bougoure-trained Oakleigh Girl and she will be backing up from her brave sixth place finish in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on April 5.
Oakleigh Girl had not had a race start since she finished second behind Unencumbered in the Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 11, but was ridden up on the pace in the early stages of the race and battled home admirably on the rain affected surface.
The Snitzel filly will jump from barrier 2 in the Royal Randwick Stakes this weekend and will be ridden by regular jockey Craig Newitt.
Another filly backing up from the 2014 Golden Slipper is Peter Morgan and Craig Widdison-trained Eloping.
Eloping earned a start in the Golden Slipper field with a dominant six lengths win in the VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m) at Bendigo on March 15 and was far from disgraced in the Group 1 event; finishing seventh after blundering in the concluding stages of the race.
The Choisir filly will be having her seventh race start in the 2014 Royal Randwick Stakes and will jump from the outside barrier in the Group 1 event on Saturday.
Rounding out the horses coming out of the Golden Slipper is Darley-owned Memorial, who made up good ground late from the back of the field to finish fifth in the $3.5 million event.
Memorial (barrier eight) was rated a leading Golden Slipper chance after she started her racing career with two impressive wins at the end of last year but she made a slow start to her autumn campaign, finishing second in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) and last in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m), before finding her best form in the Golden Slipper.
Veteran trainer Gerald Ryan took out the 2014 Sires Produce Stakes with Peggy Jean at Royal Randwick last weekend and will have Ygritte and Aerobar in the Royal Randwick Stakes field on Saturday.
Ygritte (barrier one) finished within a length of Golden Slipper winner Mossfun in the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens on February 15 and tired in the final stages of the Group 3 Breeders Stakes (1200m) to finish at Flemington on March 8, while Aerobar (barrier 7) is chasing her first race win.
Clifton Red defeated Ygritte on debut in the Breeders Stakes, but has subsequently failed to fire in the Reisling Stakes and the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m).
Rounding out the 2014 Royal Randwick Stakes field are Team Cummings-trained Sultry Feeling (barrier five), last start winner Amicus (barrier four), Darley filly Shaumari (barrier nine) and John Sargent-trained Queen Of Kariba.
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2014 Royal Randwick Stakes Final Field And Barrier Draw
|1||1142×6||OAKLEIGH GIRL||Danny J Bougoure||Craig Newitt||2||56kg|
|2||175||CLIFTON RED||David Hayes||Nash Rawiller||3||56kg|
|3||112417||ELOPING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Stephen Baster||10||55kg|
|4||11×295||MEMORIAL||Peter Snowden||Christian Reith||8||54kg|
|5||122||YGRITTE||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||1||54kg|
|6||613||SULTRY FEELING||Bart & James Cummings||Zac Purton||5||54kg|
|7||31||AMICUS||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||4||54kg|
|8||1||SHAUMARI||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||9||54kg|
|9||338||AEROBAR||Gerald Ryan||Craig Williams||7||54kg|
|10||1||QUEEN OF KARIBA||John Sargent||Tommy Berry||6||54kg|
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