La Amistad Leads 2014 Hawkesbury Rowley Mile Field

The Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained La Amistad kicks off their Spring Cups’ campaign in Sydney at Hawkesbury this Thursday heading the 2014 Rowley Mile field.

La Amistad

2014 Caulfield Cup fancy La Amistad runs in Thursday's Rowley Mile 2014 at Hawkesbury. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of a dozen final acceptors for this year’s $100,000 Listed ILG XXXX Gold Hawkesbury Rowley Mile (1600m) the Redoute’s Choice mare is also nominated for all the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival’s majors.

The five-year-old is a top fancy in early Caulfield Cup betting at paying $17 to win the October 18 feature in markets led by Australian Oaks winner Rising Romance ($15).

The bookies are also taking no chances in regards to a possible weight-for-age run in the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) the following weekend either with La Amistad at $34 to win the October 25 clash.

She was last seen posting three consecutive wins by a combined nine lengths, the most recent of which was a four length effort over Destiny’s Kiss in the Listed WJ McKell Cup (2400m) at Randwick on May 24.

James McDonald rides on Thursday with La Amistad drawn well in barrier three looking for her maiden first-up win to kick off an ambitious spring campaign.

The other headline acceptor for the handicap clash is the Chris Waller-trained I’m Imposing, allocated 57.5kg and drawn wide in barrier 11.

The veteran nine-year-old enjoyed a late career win two back on July 12 at Randwick in the Shoot Out Handicap over the mile before the Danehill Dancer’s last start second to stablemate He’s Your Man in the Listed Winter Challenge (1500m) at Rosehill on August 2 carrying the same weight he has for Thursday.

Waller has a total of four chances in the race with his other hopes being New Zealand-bred Tougher Than Ever (54kg), Winter Challenge third placegetter Coup Ay Tee (57.5kg) with the outside barrier and roughie shot Brigantin (58.5kg).

The Rowley Mile topweight meanwhile is the Joe Pride-trained Stayers Cup winner in the wet three back Destiny’s Kiss with 59kg and Blake Shinn to ride.

The Power Of Destiny gelding was last seen running fifth in the Winter Cup on June 28 and will appreciate any rain having won five of his nine starts on Heavy tracks.

Other notable hopes then include the Tony McEvoy-trained local Mr Chard racing at the track for the first time who ran a close second to Group 1 winner Tiger Tees in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on August 9 and stakes cups specialist Travolta for Gai Waterhouse.

See below for the full Rowley Mile 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

Then head over to and open an account with the country’s leading sportsbook to get a better price on your horse racing selections for the Rowley Mile, this weekend and into the spring!

2014 Rowley Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Hawkesbury Race 6 (3:45pm) – 21/08/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 333×515215 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Blake Shinn 9 59kg 103
2 1221234×74 TRAVOLTA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 8 59kg 103
3 07x523664x BRIGANTIN (USA) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 4 58.5kg 102
4 460×986530 COUP AY TEE (NZ) Chris Waller Jason Collett 12 57.5kg 100
5 45×3527612 I’M IMPOSING (GB) Chris Waller Tye Angland 11 57.5kg 100
6 118x08111x LA AMISTAD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James McDonald 3 55.5kg 100
7 28x97x6498 TOUGHER THAN EVER (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 5 54kg 92
8 60900x0x22 MR CHARD Tony McEvoy Kerrin McEvoy 6 54kg 91
9 0341611431 SONRO Gino D’Altorio Jay Ford 10 54kg 87
10 621×474211 BOUZY ROUGE Luke Griffith Brenton Avdulla 7 54kg 85
11 5193012344 SCOTTISH BORDER Garry Frazer Sam Clipperton 1 54kg 77
12 307×708225 WILD AND PROUD Scott Singleton Ms Kathy O’Hara 2 54kg 77


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