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A field of potential The Metropolitan horses will face off in Sydney on Saturday in the Colin Stephen Quality 2014 at Rosehill Gardens including two for ace trainer Chris Waller.
Waller originally had five early entries for this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) but has accepted for only Secessio and Multilateral.
Of the two the shortest priced in the futures markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick Saturday week is his Wyong Cup winner Multilateral.
Drawn in barrier three of seven in the Colin Stephen field with Jim Cassidy to ride, the Mizzen Mast six-year-old won the Listed Wyong Cup (2100m) two back.
His latest effort was then a disappointing seventh to Disclaimer in the Group 3 Newcastle Cup (2300m) on September 18, a run Waller is hoping he can improve on this weekend with no apparent reason for the failed run.
Stable mate Secessio meanwhile is a Hugh Bowman mount for the weekend and a $51 chance in early The Metropolitan betting.
The imported son of Konigstiger also comes through the Wyong Cup having finished third behind Multilateral.
Secessio is also undefeated over the track and distance with two victories over the mile and a half at Rosehill including in the Listed Winter Cup back in late June.
Along with Multilateral other $26 chances in the all-in The Metropolitan odds at Ladbrokes.com.au accepted for Saturday’s Colin Stephen Quality are the Bjorn Baker-trained Celtic Prince and Deane Martin for New Zealand trainer Bruce Wallace.
O’Reilly gelding Celtic Prince was runner-up to Who Shot Thebarman in the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) in New Zealand back in March and is out to atone for three failed Sydney runs at Rosehill this season.
Kiwi raider Deane Martin meanwhile comes via a nice third behind Waller’s French import He’s Your Man in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) from a fortnight ago, a race Celtic Prince ran eighth in.
An $81 roughie for The Metropolitan, Iggi Pop is a better chance in the upcoming Group 1 and on Saturday than his odds suggest according to trainer John Sargent.
To be ridden by Corey Brown in the Colin Stephen, the Savabeel six-year-old won the Listed Queensland Cup (3200m) at Eagle Farm during the winter.
It is that form Sargent is hoping he produces this weekend then as the gelding looks to improve on a Kingston Town Stakes fifth last time out ahead of a possible Melbourne Cup bid in November.
“Corey Brown will ride him (on Saturday),” Sargent told AAP this week.
“I think he’s getting back to the shape he was in when he won the Queensland Cup and he’s ready to run a big race.
“The plan is to go to the Metropolitan and hopefully the Melbourne Cup.”
The other headliner is then the Gai Waterhouse-trained 59kg top weight Travolta to be ridden by Tommy Berry from the inside alley.
Handsome Ransom six-year-old Travolta was eighth in the Wyong Cup before backing up in the Newcastle Cup when fourth with Berry aboard for his past three runs.
See below for the full Colin Stephen Quality Handicap 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.
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2014 Colin Stephen Quality Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 2 (1:15pm) – 27/09/2014
|No.||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1234×74684||TRAVOLTA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||1||59kg||101|
|2||5×73361293||SECESSIO (GB)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||7||57.5kg||98|
|3||38×7513517||MULTILATERAL (USA)||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||3||56.5kg||96|
|4||161122×968||CELTIC PRINCE (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||Glyn Schofield||2||55.5kg||94|
|5||18140×3263||DEANE MARTIN (NZ)||Bruce Wallace||Brenton Avdulla||5||55kg||93|
|6||4×47560165||IGGI POP (NZ)||John Sargent||Corey Brown||4||55kg||93|
|7||x63516x050||GALLATIN||John O’Shea||James McDonald||6||54.5kg||92|
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