2014 Theo Marks Stakes Field Features Waller Duo

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.

Bull Point

Bull Point is one of two in Saturday's 2014 Theo Marks Stakes field for trainer Chris Waller. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

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


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