A field full of Queensland Derby-bound three-year-olds is engaged for Saturday’s traditional lead-up race, the 2014 Grand Prix Stakes.
Due to jump as Doomben Race 7 at 3:05pm (AEST), one race before the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 steals the show, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Mullins Lawyers Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) features a 15-horse field.
The majority of the three-year-olds engaged in the Grand Prix Stakes are heading towards a shot at the $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap Day, June 7.
Current Queensland Derby betting is led by Arabian Gold, The Roses winner also the top fancy for the Queensland Oaks Saturday week.
She’s joined at the top of the Queensland Derby odds however by Telepatic who is the headline Grand Prix Stakes acceptor for Saturday.
Donna Logan’s New Zealand-trained filly debuted down under on May 10 at Doomben running a nice second to Amexed in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m).
The daughter of Mossman is then expected to improve with an Australian run to her name now when she goes up to the 2200m for the Grand Prix, her first look at the distance.
Rough Habit Plate winner Amexed is also accepted for Saturday’s showdown and should get a much nicer run from barrier three than the widely-drawn Telepathic out in 14.
Tony Gollan’s in-form local Pentire gelding Amexed is set to be ridden by Michael Rodd who stays on after guiding the promising youngster to victory last time out.
The Rough Habit was their second straight win as well with Amexed having also won at the Sunshine Coast in April over the mile.
Another Kiwi in the mix, and another Rough Habit graduate, is then the Shaune Ritchie-trained Glorious Lad in gate five.
The Falkirk three-year-old ran a brave third behind Puccini and subsequent ATC Oaks winner Rising Romance in the Group 1 NZ Derby (2400m) at the start of March, form they are looking to return to on Saturday in their second Aussie start.
The rails run in the Grand Prix Stakes this year meanwhile belongs to the Helen Page-trained Rudy, the son of Red Dazzler coming via a Rough Habit fifth.
Before the gelding, who recently enjoyed back-to-back Doomben wins on both a Heavy (9) and Good (3) track, was third to Hopfgarten in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1600m) at Eagle Farm.
Drawn at the opposite end of the Grand Prix field is then the Chris Waller-trained Vilanova out in barrier 15 with Nash Rawiller booked for the ride.
The Commands gelding, winner of the Group 2 Autumn Classic over 1800m at Caulfield in February, also comes out of the Rough Habit having finished a tick over two lengths away from the winner in their first Brisbane assignment.
A host of last start winners meanwhile flood the Grand Prix this year along with Amexed including the Mark Ashby-trained Bring Back.
An ideal barrier two draw and Glen Boss in the saddle are two pros for the Sebring gelding who shoots for their third on the trot, Bring Back last seen winning over 2000m at Caulfield three weeks ago.
Others looking to keep a winning streak going include the Troy Corstens-trained Pinstripe Lane who won over 1900m at Rosehill last time out and John O’Shea’s progressive Street Cry gelding Auberge coming off a 2400m victory at Kembla Grange a month ago.
The full Grand Prix Stakes 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and set weights are detailed below.
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2014 Grand Prix Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Doomben Race 7 – 3:05pm (AEST) – 24/05/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x337716534||VILANOVA (NZ)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||15||57kg||86|
|2||61885×1135||RUDY||Helen Page||Hugh Bowman||1||57kg||84|
|3||1212143323||GLORIOUS LAD (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||Tye Angland||5||57kg||83|
|4||4202×311||AMEXED (NZ)||Tony Gollan||Michael Rodd||3||57kg||87|
|5||385165×611||BRING BACK||Mark Ashby||Glen Boss||2||57kg||72|
|6||451430×041||PINSTRIPE LANE (NZ)||Troy Corstens||Damien Oliver||13||57kg||71|
|8||24105200×1||COLONEL CARRERA (NZ)||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson||Rory Hutchings||7||57kg||75|
|9||07×389221||AUBERGE||John O’Shea||Kerrin McEvoy||8||57kg||66|
|10||7351500×21||METEOROLOGIST||Marcus Wilson||Jim Byrne||6||57kg||61|
|11||462×117||ARKI||Kelly Doughty||Damian Browne||12||57kg||65|
|12||8644×93141||ALL HOST||Les Kelly||Patrick Holmes||4||57kg||62|
|13||6042×62150||ROCK SCENT||Kelly Schweida||Michael Cahill||11||57kg||62|
|14||212x5x112||TELEPATHIC (NZ)||Donna Logan||Mark Du Plessis||14||55kg||80|
|15||0855267115||ROSEY JOAN||David J Lawlor||TBA||9||55kg||67|