2014 Ladies Day Vase Final Field & Barrier Draw

A final field of 16 mares plus two emergences will run in the Group 3 Ladies Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield Racecourse this Wednesday.

Forever Loved will start from barrier 10 in the Ladies Day Vase on Wednesday, October 15.

Forever Loved will start from barrier 10 in the Ladies Day Vase on Wednesday, October 15. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Headlining the classy field of four-year-old and up mares is the Lance Noble-trained Viadana from New Zealand.

The seven-year-old will carry the top weight of 59kg and jockey Craig Williams will have his work cut out for him after the pair drew the widest barrier to jump from.

Viadana has enjoyed success at the highest level numerous times, including in the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders (1600m) in April, which followed a Group 2 Japan Trophy (1600m) win.

The mare proved too good in the NZ T’Bred Breeders, cruising home to a two length victory.

However she’s failed to recreate this success in her three outings since, finishing middle of the field in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf (1600m) before finishing end of the field in both the Group 3 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) and Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m).

Craig Williams will ride Viadana for just the third time, though the pair did take out a barrier trial last week by 3.5 lengths, which implies good things for their 2014 Ladies Day Vase run.

The Pat Hyland-trained Bonaria is another leading runner, who will start from the easier fourth gate with Michael Rodd to ride.

Danny O’Brien’s Keep De Rose, also from New Zealand, will enjoy the inside run after drawing barrier one.

This will be just the fourth black listed race for the five-year-old mare, who hasn’t enjoyed a placing since November 2013 in the Group 2 Momentum Energy Stakes (2000m).

Bonaria will not partner with usual jockey Craig Williams in the race, with Nicholas Hall set to ride instead.

Gai Waterhouse’s Forever Loved enters the race a last-start winner after finding victory in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) at Flemington Racecourse on October 4.

The four-year-old delivered a great run, considering she’d backed up from a dead-last finish in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) a fortnight earlier. She has drawn barrier 10 with Vlad Duric to ride again but will also carry the second-heaviest weight at 58kg.

Forever Loved is still on track for the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) next month.

Peter Moody will have a trio of runners, represented by Dig A Pony (barrier seven), Metaphorical (15), and Spirit of Heaven (three), however none have jockeys yet.

Spirit Of Heaven has won four of her ten career starts, although this will be her first black listed race.

Check out the full 2014 Ladies Day Vase final field & barrier draw below and find your favourite runner.

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2014 Ladies Day Vase Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 7 – 15/10/2014

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2414115×08 VIADANA (NZ) Lance Noble Craig Williams 18 59kg 105
2 521034×401 FOREVER LOVED (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Vlad Duric 10 58kg 96
3 31107×6840 BONARIA Pat Hyland Michael Rodd 4 57kg 100
4 51x2313x97 LADY CUMQUAT Darren Weir 11 57kg 81
5 x22350x499 YOU’RE SO GOOD (NZ) Nigel Blackiston Dwayne Dunn 17 56kg 88
6 0x522227x1 LADY ECHELON Natalie McCall Hugh Bowman 13 56kg 94
7 x220412186 JESSY BELLE Luke Oliver Chris Symons 8 55kg 83
8 33x6760x54 KEEP DE ROSE (NZ) Danny O’Brien Nicholas Hall 1 55kg 86
9 2x3276x12N SUAVITO (NZ) Nigel Blackiston Damien Oliver 5 55kg 87
10 6x194226x1 STAR FASHION David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 12 55kg 85
11 19x1121x05 DIG A PONY Peter G Moody 7 55kg 78
12 3x96x61115 SPIRIT OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 3 55kg 83
13 8×05227254 TO BE HONEST John Salanitri Stephen Baster 9 55kg 72
14 x21115x234 PRECIOUS GEM Gwenda Johnstone Kerrin McEvoy 6 55kg 75
15 612640512x GOLD TO GO Mark Riley Damian Lane 16 55kg 72
16 19x3636x04 METAPHORICAL Peter G Moody 15 55kg 78
17e 6x53630x15 REFER Heath Conners 2 55kg 64
18e 2x12363x92 SHE’S PRETENTIOUS Nikki Burke 14 55kg 62


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