Two gallopers from the Chris Waller stables feature prominently in the field for Saturday’s Theo Marks Stakes 2014 at Rosehill Gardens with Bull Point and Tougher Than Ever to face off.
Running as Golden Rose Day Race 4 at 2:25pm this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) has attracted a final field of just eight gallopers.
The best fancied of Waller’s pair is Fastnet Rock four-year-old Bull Point in the outside gate with Corey Brown to ride on the 53kg minimum.
That’s a kilo under what the stallion had on his back-first up when resuming with a credible third to Terravista in the wet at Randwick on August 23 in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m).
A Group 3 winner at Caulfield back in February, and fourth to Moment Of Change in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at the same track one run later, Bull Point is heading towards a possible run in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on October 4.
He currently pays $21 in the futures Epsom Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, a price that will improve if he wins the Theo Marks on Saturday.
Stable mate Tougher Than Ever meanwhile also gets in on 53kg and has a gun barrier two draw.
The General Nediym five-year-old has finished runner-up in his two lead up runs firstly over the 1600m in the Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury and then over the 1500m here in the wet on August 30.
The headline Theo Marks Stakes acceptor meanwhile with the inside running from barrier one is then John Sargent’s Group 1 Crown Oaks winning mare Kirramosa.
The Alamosa mare enjoyed back-to-back wins just five days apart last Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington before returning with a sixth to Sweet Idea in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m).
She will be better over more distance however and even the 1400m of Saturday’s race is likely to be short of her best as she heads towards either the Cox Plate or Caulfield Cup in Melbourne next month.
Also with dual representation in the Theo Marks Stakes field along with Waller is then Team Hawkes.
The father and sons training team of John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes will saddle up Group 2 Villiers Stakes winner Ninth Legion and Premier’s Cup champ in Doomben during the winter Zephyron drawn in barriers five and three respectively.
The top weight of the Theo Marks Stakes field this year meanwhile is the Joe Pride-trained Laser Hawk with 59kg, the former Gai Waterhouse-trained ATC Derby third placegetter looking to improve on a Missile Stakes ninth from last month.
Rounding out the line-up are then the Brian Smith-trained Jetset Lad shooing for his third straight win and the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Cluster.
Jumping from barrier four with Tim Clark aboard, four-year-old Fastnet Rock stallion Cluster returned on August 30 in the wet at Rosehill with a second to Weinholt carrying 57kg and so will appreciate a drop down to 53kg on Saturday as he looks to earn a bigger spring assignment.
See below for the full Theo Marks Stakes 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.
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2014 Theo Marks Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 4 (2:25pm) – 13/09/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1313x820x8||LASER HAWK||Joseph Pride||Kerrin McEvoy||7||59kg||109|
|2||2101x385x7||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–||5||54.5kg||100|
|3||31x850113x||ZEPHYRON (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–||3||54kg||99|
|4||4x414211x6||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||John Sargent||Jason Collett||1||53.5kg||102|
|5||423x1407x3||BULL POINT||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||8||53kg||95|
|6||00×0044411||JETSET LAD (NZ)||Brian Smith||Anthony Allen||6||53kg||95|
|7||x97x649822||TOUGHER THAN EVER (NZ)||Chris Waller||–||2||53kg||93|
|8||x25830x112||CLUSTER||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tim Clark||4||53kg||83|