A small but classy field of eight sprinters is engaged to face off in Brisbane’s 2014 Victory Stakes field at Eagle Farm this weekend including the Tony Gollan-trained half-brothers Spirit Of Boom and Temple Of Boom.
The headline race at Saturday’s meet, this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Greenslopes Private Victory Stakes (1200m) is due to jump as Eagle Farm Race 7 at 3:55pm (AEST).
To wear the number one saddle cloth is Gollan’s flying Sequalo six-year-old Spirit Of Boom who has raced exclusively in Group 1 company since November last year when fourth to dual Victory Stakes winner Buffering in Perth’s Winterbottom Stakes.
This season they’ve had three elite level runs for three top two finishes.
After running second to Horse of the Year contender Lankan Rupee in the Oakleigh Plate – Newmarket Handicap double in Melbourne Spirit Of Boom bagged their own Group 1 at Moonee Valley on March 21 taking out the William Reid Stakes.
They’re after another feature win here getting back to their home state for the Victory, a race they ran a first-up second to Buffering in when held at Doomben last April.
Spirit Of Boom is joined in the field then by the fellow Gollan-trained Temple Of Boom.
While there’s sure to be money for the number one, Piccolo seven-year-old Temple Of Boom will likely be at a blowout price as they come off muddled form including their last start sixth at Rosehill on Slipper Day in the St Kingdom.
Brisbane’s head trainer Robert Heathcote also has dual Victory Stakes acceptors for Saturday as he looks to secure his third consecutive win in the race.
His multiple Group 1 champ Buffering secured Victory Stakes bragging rights in 2011 and 2013, while the race was not held in 2012.
This year Heathcote will be represented by last year’s Toorak Handicap winner Solzhenitsyn and his talented daughter of Bradbury’s Luck Fire Up Fifi drawn in barriers four and three respectively.
Solzhenitsyn is first-up here having run dead last in their two end-of-spring runs last season in the Mackinnon and Emirates Stakes at Flemington.
Fire Up Fifi was also less than impressive last time out, the six-year-old grey having run a below par 13th behind Steps In Time in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) on a Good track at Rosehill on March 22.
Along with Solzhenitsyn the other first-up runners in Saturday’s Victory Stakes field looking to gear up ahead of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival are Sunshine Coast-trained River Lad (barrier six) and the Kelso Wood-trained Someday.
Top Echelon six-year-old River Lad races for the first time since February 8 when they went out as a $41 outsider in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Randwick only to run a good second to champion mare Appearance.
Someday meanwhile has been out since the end of December when the Brisbane Handicap winner failed to fire in Toowoomba’s Bernborough Handicap running 10th behind Scorpio Queen.
Rounding out the Victory Stakes field are then Elusive City five-year-old Famous Seamous in gate two coming off a well beaten 11th in the TJ Smith Stakes and one of the sure-to-be favourites Snitzerland.
The Gerald Ryan-trained Snitzel mare Snitzerland has come up trumps with barrier one for Saturday as she looks for her second Group 1 win of the season.
First-up the four-year-old fellow down the straight six at Flemington to win the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) before a Challenge Stakes second and disappointing last start 12th in the TJ Smith Stakes from April 12.
Check out the full Victory Stakes 2014 field, barriers and jockeys in the table below.
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2014 Victory Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Eagle Farm Race 7 – 3:55pm (AEST) – 26/04/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x32124x221||SPIRIT OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Timothy Bell||7||58.5kg||112|
|2||x22805x866||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Ms Tegan Harrison (a)||8||58.5kg||105|
|3||715x23190x||SOLZHENITSYN (NZ)||Robert Heathcote||Glen Colless||4||58.5kg||114|
|4||132624x12x||RIVER LAD||Natalie Mccall||Michael Cahill||6||58.5kg||106|
|5||x63135x390||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Ryan Wiggins||2||58.5kg||106|
|6||310936910x||SOMEDAY||Kelso Wood||Chris Munce||5||58.5kg||97|
|7||127x82x120||SNITZERLAND||Gerald Ryan||Jim Byrne||1||56.5kg||111|
|8||x01533x650||FIRE UP FIFI||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||3||56.5kg||105|