RA Lee Stakes 2014 Field Features Crucial

Anthony Freedman’s last start Caulfield winner Crucial is one of the in-form gallopers accepted to face off in Saturday’s $150,000 Group 3 Tapestry Shiraz RA Lee Stakes (1600m) in Adelaide.

Maybe Discreet

Maybe Discreet is set to start favourite in Saturday's RA Lee Stakes 2014. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

The Goodwood Day feature runs as Morphettville Race 6, a total of 15 runners set to run in this year’s 2014 RA Lee Stakes field.

Freedman saddles up Crucial in barrier seven, Dean Yendall to ride the progressive Nadeem mare who shoots for her third win from four starts.

This is a notable class rise for the five-year-old who hasn’t raced in Group company since a close sixth in last year’s Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) here last Adelaide Racing Carnival.

She’s got the right lead-up form however having won at Moonee Valley (2040m) and Caulfield (1600m) recently and so over the mile here could be a danger.

Of course the headline RA Lee Stakes hopeful is the local Phillip Stokes-trained Maybe Discreet drawn one on Crucial’s inside with barrier six.

Dom Tourneur rides the Shamardal four-year-old who has won five of her 16 starts to date.

Maybe Discreet improved on a sixth behind Riziz two back in the Listed Matrice Stakes (1200m) here to win the Listed City Of Adelaide Handicap (1400m) by a length over Golden Penny on April 12.

She’s had a month between runs then and looks prime for the RA Lee Stakes.

The Richard Jolly-trained Golden Penny has also accepted for Saturday setting up a rematch with Maybe Discreet, but has a ninth to Tango’s Daughter in the Queen Of The South Stakes to improve on.

Along with Crucial and Maybe Discreet the other last start winner in the RA Lee this year is then the Michael Moroney-trained Rhythm To Spare with the outside barrier (15) to overcome.

The Pins gelding enjoyed a 1610m win at Flemington on Anzac Day and will enjoy going over the distance again here.

Also drawn wide one inside of Rhythm To Spare with barrier 14 is the David Jolly-trained Streetcar Valour who is looking to break a frustrating run of five straight second place finishes.

They are joined in Saturday’s field then by stable mate Danish Spy (barrier five) who won at the track and distance two back before their seventh in the Queen Of The South.

Other notable hopes then include the Peter Moody-trained stake performing Bel Esprit gelding Oregon Spirit and Saturday Affair drawn nicely in gate three with Jason Holder to ride.

Prepared locally by Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas, four-year-old Any Given Saturday mare Saturday Affair won at Oakbank two back before running a brave foruth in the Queen Of The South Stakes with under two lengths separating her and the winner that day.

The full RA Lee Stakes 2014 field, barriers and jockeys are listed below.

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2014 RA Lee Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Morphettville Race 6 – 2:54pm (local) – 10/05/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 521x300x61 MAYBE DISCREET Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 6 57kg 101
2 6×59182003 OREGON SPIRIT Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 9 55.5kg 94
3 x423103146 RIVER’S LANE David & Ryan Balfour Ronnie Stewart 10 55.5kg 90
4 10137×6801 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 15 55kg 97
5 0031114×97 STARKIATO Lloyd Kennewell Joe Bowditch 1 55kg 84
6 352322×222 STREETCAR VALOUR David Jolly Ms Linda Meech 14 55kg 82
7 46×1313515 BORISTAR John MacMillan Ms Jamie Kah (a) 13 55kg 77
8 21217x10x5 KINGS PALACE Rod Symons Chris Symons 11 55kg 72
9 75545872×8 HALAYR JET Grant Young 8 55kg 69
10 101545×829 GOLDEN PENNY Richard Jolly Simon Price 2 54kg 97
11 x437252131 CRUCIAL Anthony Freedman Dean Yendall 7 54kg 91
12 43138×6226 GIG Shawn Mathrick Dwayne Dunn 12 54kg 85
13 x4745x6817 DANISH SPY David Jolly Dean Yendall 5 54kg 81
14 11166×6414 SATURDAY AFFAIR Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 3 54kg 80
15 551x59x783 VIVI VELOCE Lee & Shannon Hope Craig Newitt 4 54kg 75


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