16 talented three-year-old sprinters will tackle the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington Racecourse this Saturday.
The Coolmore Stud Stakes is one of four Group One races this weekend, in an action-packed Victoria Derby Day.
Ken Key’s Rich Enuff headlines the final field following a successful spring racing campaign. The colt won his first three starts including the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m), however he was beaten home by just a neck in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) last time out by Shooting To Win after over-racing too early.
Michael Rodd will ride Rich Enuff for the fourth consecutive time and the pair will jump from barrier 10. The colt has proven successful from wide gates however, not starting from a single digit gate since the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) on August 23.
It’s also worth noting that barriers don’t play a huge part in the Coolmore Stud Stakes due to the straight run of the 1200m metre start at Flemington. Every runner gets an even chance, and gates eight and nine are in fact the most successful, bringing home five winners each since 1983.
Scissor Kick and Time For War will start from these respective gates on Saturday, giving them a possible edge over the rest of the field.
The Paul Messara-trained Scissor Kick will be saddled by hoop Craig Williams for the first time, after regular jockey Tye Angland failed to secure the ride.
The colt is in-form following three successive wins followed by back-to-back runner up finishes in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) and Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m). He has only placed outside the top two once from his six career starts and not since March.
Time For War is one of two colts representing trainer Gerald Ryan in the race, alongside Rubick. Rubick is a last start winner from the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) and will enjoy the rails run after drawing barrier one with champion jockey Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.
The Coolmore Stud Stakes has historically been targeted by potential stallions due to the stud value tied to the race, however fillies have stamped their mark on the race in recent years. Since 2000, six fillies have beaten the boys home and won the race.
This year there are three fillies entered in the race, all carrying two kilograms less than their male rivals.
John O’Shea, who will also be represented by colt Ghibellines, has entered Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) winner Earthquake, who will start from barrier two with James McDonald to ride.
The Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison-trained Eloping is in with a chance after a solid spring campaign. She was third in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) first-up before winning back-to-back in the Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m) and Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m). The filly is a proven winner over the distance and will aim to beat the boys from barrier 12 with Stephen Baster in the saddle.
The final filly running the 2014 Coolmore Stud Stakes is Peter Moody’s Bring Me The Maid, who will start from barrier 14 with Luke Nolen as hoop. No Coolmore Stud Stakes winner has come from any gate wider than 12 since 1983, so the filly will have her work cut out for her.
She began her spring campaign well after winning the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) on August 23, but Bring Me The Maid has failed to place in any of her three following starts. This is her last chance to turn her season into a successful one.
Check out the complete 2014 Coolmore Stud Stakes final field & barrier draw below.
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2014 Coolmore Stud Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||3×1112||RICH ENUFF Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Ken Keys||Michael Rodd||10||56.5kg||103|
|2||15x122x51||BRAZEN BEAU||Chris Waller||Joao Moreira||15||56.5kg||92|
|3||7×11122||SCISSOR KICK||Paul Messara||Craig Williams||8||56.5kg||100|
|4||1x14016x52||TIME FOR WAR||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||9||56.5kg||88|
|5||114×1||RUBICK||Gerald Ryan||Kerrin McEvoy||1||56.5kg||103|
|6||4x3518x30||GHIBELLINES||John O’Shea||Steven Arnold||6||56.5kg||86|
|7||147×1752||NOSTRADAMUS||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||3||56.5kg||86|
|8||165×1111||KURO (NZ)||Joseph Pride||Blake Shinn||16||56.5kg||90|
|9||25x111x434||DELECTATION||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||7||56.5kg||78|
|10||1011||GALAXY PEGASUS||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Nicholas Hall||5||56.5kg||82|
|11||1313×3||INKLING||Peter & Paul Snowden||Mark Zahra||4||56.5kg||76|
|12||2422×13||HUSSON EAGLE||Patrick Payne||Brad Rawiller||11||56.5kg||68|
|13||35×158||ARMADA||Peter G Moody||Ben Melham||13||56.5kg||65|
|14||1x1112x331||EARTHQUAKE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||2||54.5kg||103|
|15||241714×311||ELOPING Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Stephen Baster||12||54.5kg||90|
|16||1313×1874||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||14||54.5kg||98|