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The last race on a 10 event program in Melbourne for Caulfield Guineas Day this weekend is the mares’ only 2014 Sprint Series Final, the field for which is led by the in-form Girl Guide.
Due to jump at 6:15pm at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday, this year’s $150,000 Group 2 Sportingbet Sprint Series Final (1200m) drew a field of 12 final acceptors.
The likely favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au following back-to-back wins this time in and a gun gate four draw for the weekend is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Girl Guide.
A winner of six of her eight career runs the Churchill Downs five-year-old is undefeated this season including a narrow victory over A Time For Julia in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) over this track and distance on September 20.
The traditional lead-up to the Sprint Series Final, the How Now Stakes saw Girl Guide ridden by Craig Williams on 55kg and on Saturday Williams stays on with the mare going up two kilos under the set weights plus penalties conditions.
Third over the line in the How Now was the Robert Smerdon-trained Shamal Wind who also backs up in Saturday’s final.
Jumping from barrier seven with Nicholas Hall booked for the ride, the Dubawi mare is the highest rated of the Sprint Series Final hopefuls and is Group 1 performed including a third to Driefontein in Adelaide’s Robert Sangster Stakes during the autumn.
Also high up the ratings is the Shawn Mathrick-trained Gig to be ridden by apprentice hoop Katelyn Mallyon on Saturday, the Commands six-year-old out to improve on a 10th to Trust In A Gust last time out in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) from September 28.
Drawn on the rails meanwhile is the Peter Moody-trained Brilliant Bisc.
Luke Nolen takes over for Regan Bayliss aboard the Elvstroem four-year-old who won back-to-back races earlier this season before her black type fourth to Whitlam over 1100m at Morphettville last start.
Other notable Sprint Series Final acceptors this spring include four-year-old Griante coming off back-to-back fourths including over 1100m here on September 28, runner-up in that same race won by Vain Attraction Chiquada and the Clarry Conners-trained stakes performer Fare Well.
See below for the full Sprint Series Final 2014 field, barriers and jockeys.
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2014 Sprint Series Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race 10 (6:15pm) – 11/10/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||121113×11||GIRL GUIDE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Craig Williams||4||57kg||92|
|2||62x1715x43||SHAMAL WIND||Robert Smerdon||Nicholas Hall||7||56kg||103|
|3||9x3782x114||BRILLIANT BISC||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||1||56kg||86|
|4||3308323750||GIG||Shawn Mathrick||Ms Katelyn Mallyon (a)||10||55kg||92|
|5||54×9540210||FLASH OF DOUBT||Robbie Griffiths||Glen Boss||12||55kg||85|
|7||5221112×44||GRIANTE||David Brideoake & David Feek||Dwayne Dunn||11||55kg||86|
|8||x040122x20||FARE WELL||Clarry Conners||Damien Oliver||8||55kg||80|
|9||1121x2375x||CORONATION SHALLAN||Brett Scott||Daniel Stackhouse||6||55kg||84|
|10||2113x127x2||DOUBLE DEE||Jason Warren||Craig Newitt||5||55kg||80|
|11||1110×72||SOOSA RAMA||Colin Little||Mark Zahra||3||55kg||73|
|12||57384221×2||CHIQUADA (NZ)||Brian Jenkins||Ms Lisa Whelan (a)||9||55kg||78|
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