Seven Horses in 2014 Stocks Stakes Final Field

The final field and barrier draw have been announced for the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m), the second race scheduled to run at Moonee Valley Racecourse this Friday – September 26, 2014.

Commanding Jewel (outside) and Dear Demi (inside) will face off once again in the Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Commanding Jewel (outside) and Dear Demi (inside) will face off once again in the Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Seven horses accepted for the 2014 Stocks Stakes, including headline nominee Commanding Jewel.

11 mares made up the early nominations for this year’s $200,000 weight-for-age clash on Monday, yet even with an extension until Tuesday four mares have been removed – Bippo No Bungus, Danish Whiskey, Text’n Hurley, and Tully Costa – leaving a final field of seven.

Dear Demi has drawn barrier 2, the same Atlantic Jewel cruised home from last year, and will be partnered with jockey Jim Cassidy in the race. The pair rode well in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington Racecourse earlier this month but were beaten at the line a mere short neck by Commanding Jewel.

Commanding Jewel, who won back-to-back Let’s Elope Stakes, will have her work cut out for her at Moonee Valley this Friday after drawing the widest gate. It’ll be a test for the five-year-old, who looks set to test herself in Group 1 action next month for the first time since 2012. Leon & Troy Corstens have nominated the mare for both the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) later this spring.

Commanding Jewel currently pays $15 in the futures Cox Plate odds at, down from $17 after nominations were made.

Also included in the 2014 Stocks Stakes final field is Rememba Howe from New Zealand. The Grant Walker-trained mare is set to get an excellent start after drawing barrier 1.

Reckless Assassin and Solicit are also amongst the 2014 Stocks Stakes final field and barrier draw acceptances.

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2014 Stocks Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Moonee Valley Race 2 – 26/09/2014

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 20x3008x52 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 2 57kg 105
2 1231x61x31 COMMANDING JEWEL Leon & Troy Corstens Damien Oliver 7 57kg 109
3 442631135x EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent Luke Nolen 6 57kg 103
4 x086372571 REMEMBA HOWE (NZ) Grant Walker Harry Coffey (a) 1 57kg 80
5 11520×9112 RECKLESS ASSASSIN John Sadler Nicholas Hall 3 57kg 85
6 12120x0x30 ESPRIT ROSSA Peter Gelagotis Craig Newitt 4 57kg 82
7 33x11429x7 SOLICIT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 5 56.5kg 98


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