Permit Tops 2014 Japan Racing Association Plate Field

Chris Waller’s evergreen veteran Permit is out to atone for a disastrous last start with a win in the Japan Racing Association Plate 2014 at Royal Randwick this Saturday.


Permit is one of five chances in Saturday's 2014 JRA Plate for Chris Waller. Photo: Martin King.

The Dansili seven-year-old is one of 14 starters making up the final field for the last on the card, the $150,000 Group 3 Crust Gourmet Pizza Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) running as Race 8 at 4:45pm (AEST).

There were originally 15 acceptors however the early scratching of #9 Zonza from the field has paved the way for the John O’Shea-trained emergency Tenacitus in gate three with James McDonald aboard to get a run.

Permit heads the JRA Plate weights on 59kg and has come up with barrier 10, Damien Oliver to ride as they return to racing after walking home in the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) having pulled up lame in the March 1 feature at Rosehill.

They’ve since passed fit with two Sydney trials, Permit looking to return to their pre-Parramatta Cup form that saw them win two Listed summer features on the trot.

Along with Permit Sydney’s ace horseman Waller has also paid up for four other hopes with Irish import Diametric, Wyong Cup winner Wazn, Authorized grey Danchai and I’m Imposing.

British import I’m Imposing looks the best of that quartet having run a first-up third in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) behind stable mate and subsequent Doncaster Mile third placed Weary on April 5 in the wet at Rosehill.

The equal 59kg top weight in Saturday’s showdown is then the Gai Waterhouse-trained Tres Blue in barrier four with Hugh Bowman booked for the ride the former Irish-trained Anabaa Blue stallion.

Four-year-old Tres Blue debuted down under when a disappointing 22nd beating home just two other runners in last year’s Melbourne Cup over the two miles at Flemington.

They were spelled immediately after the Cup but showed little improvement first-up on March 29 at Rosehill when 13th, again home ahead of just two of their rivals, in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).

Waterhouse will also be represented by High Chaparral mare Vaquera who has the inside barrier one draw with Tommy Berry in the saddle, the four-year-old coming off a sixth to Catkins in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) from Slipper Day.

Other notable hopes then include American-bred import Slow Pace having their third start on Aussie soil and first since a disappointing Doncater Mile 13th, and Joe Pride’s former Melbourne Cup second placegetter Maluckyday last seen running sixth in a Group 3 at Rosehill from three weeks ago.

Check out the complete Japan Racing Association Plate 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights below.

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2014 Japan Racing Association Plate Final Field & Barrier Draw

Randwick Race 8 – 4:45pm (AEST) – 26/04/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 557×828118 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 10 59kg 104
2 513211x0x0 TRES BLUE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Hugh Bowman 4 59kg 104
3 x614143x30 SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees Jim Cassidy 6 58.5kg 103
4 11x302x720 STRAWBERRY BOY Peter G Moody Jim Cassidy 12 56.5kg 99
5 x1x1235x70 DIAMETRIC (IRE) Chris Waller Joshua Parr 7 55.5kg 97
6 67x6744x56 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Joseph Pride Blake Shinn 9 55kg 96
7 6x600168x0 WAZN (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 13 55kg 96
8 527x8145x3 I’M IMPOSING (GB) Chris Waller Jason Collett 11 54.5kg 95
9 2x1180x440 ZONZA (NZ) Roger James 8 54kg 96
10 2261070×38 DANCHAI (GB) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 14 54kg 93
11 x1340x8376 VAQUERA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 1 54kg 89
12 1130344×78 SPILLWAY (GB) David Hayes Kerrin McEvoy 15 54kg 88
13 00x04500x8 ALZORA Anthony Cummings Christian Reith 5 54kg 82
14 53x4131x85 ZEPHYRON (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 2 54kg 81
15e 32x21112x9 TENACITUS (USA) John O’Shea James McDonald 3 54kg 77


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