Sweet Idea Leads Capacity Myer Classic Field 2014

Having battled for top spot in betting after nomination stage earlier in the week, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Sweet Idea heads a capacity field of fillies and mares for the 2014 Myer Classic on Saturday.

Sweet Idea

Sweet Idea has come up trumps with barrier one for the 2014 Myer Classic on Saturday. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The four-year-old daughter of Snitzel has been in flying form this season and on the weekend shoots for a deserving Group 1 win in the $500,000 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.

Drawn on the rails with barrier one in the bumper 16-starter, four-emergency Myer Classic field, Sweet Idea will be ridden by Tommy Berry who has ridden her for three of her four runs this time in.

She’s been tested in Group 1 company five times for three top three runs to date but an elite level victory has so far eluded her.

A dual Group 2 winner this season, Sweet Idea ran second to Dissident second-up in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and fourth to Trust In A Gust in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) both at Caulfield in her two Group 1 runs of the spring leading into the Myer Classic.

Waterhouse, who has saddled up 11 Myer Classic hopes over the years for one win, has also accepted for two other mares this year with Diamond Drille (barrier three) and Forever Loved (barrier 13) drawn at opposite ends of the field.

Steven Arnold rides Diamond Drille, the Al Maher back up to a mile for the first time since her Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) victory at Randwick on April 19 and seeing Flemington for the first time.

In the wider barrier Forever Loved will be ridden by Tim Clark, the High Chaparral four-year-old won the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) here at Flemington two back before a distant 12th in the Group 3 Ladies Day Vase (1600m) on October 15.

Sweet Idea’s main danger on the weekend meanwhile is drawn wider in barrier 11 with Brad Rawiller to ride the Darren Weir-trained May’s Dream.

May’s Dream is another previous Group 1 winner having taken out the Schweppes Oaks over 2000m in Adelaide back in late April.

Her last two runs this time in have also been strong when third in the Blazer Stakes and fourth in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) behind Sweet Idea on October 18.

Sydney’s best trainer Chris Waller meanwhile ran the Myer Classic quinella last year with Red Tracer and Catkins, his 2013 runner-up back looking to go one better 12 months later.

This year Catkins jumps from barrier eight with Damien Oliver replacing Hugh Bowman in the saddle.

Bowman had previously ridden the Dubawi grey for her three spring runs this season for a win first-up at Rosehill in the Group 3 Sheraco stakes (1200m), second as the beaten odds-on favourite behind Arabian Gold in the Group 3 Golden Pendant (1400m) also in Sydney and last start third in the Tristarc Stakes.

Also well fancied in the Myer Classic betting markets is sure to be Robert Smerdon’s Street Sense four-year-old Politeness in barrier 10 who is looking to improve on a Blazer Stakes fourth and Tristarc fifth when she steps up to the mile for just the second time.

David Hayes & Tom Dabernig have two livewire Myer Classic hopes this year saddling up Girl Guide and Star Fashion.

Craig Williams’ mount Girl Guide won the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) in September before two second place finishes most recently in the Tristarc Stakes.

She will have to be at her best here however as she goes up to 1600m for the first time, runs at Flemington for the first time and gets the outside barrier.

Star Fashion shoots for her third straight win and has come up trumps with barrier two as the daughter of Street Cry looks to retain her unbeaten stats for the season.

Her last start was a mile win in the Group 3 Ladies Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield and she has strong form up to 2000m having run second to May’s Dream in the Schweppes Oaks.

Other notable Myer Classic final acceptors include the Angst Stakes winner Neena Rock and the locally-trained Solicit coming off a Group 1 eighth in the Toorak Handicap.

Nigel Blackiston meanwhile opted not to accept for Suavito after she won the Group 3 Teiso Stakes (1600m) last weekend on Cox Plate Day.

See below for the full Myer Classic 2014 field, barriers and jockeys.

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2014 Myer Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 8 (4:30pm) – 01/11/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 11729×1241 SWEET IDEA Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 1 57kg 111
2 1316x4x123 CATKINS Chris Waller Damien Oliver 8 57kg 110
3 1x58141x87 DIAMOND DRILLE Gai Waterhouse Steven Arnold 3 57kg 105
4 8x4131x734 MAY’S DREAM Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 11 57kg 101
5 414115×080 VIADANA (NZ) Lance Noble Joao Moreira 7 57kg 103
6 1107×68407 BONARIA Pat Hyland Michael Rodd 16 57kg 98
7 x11429x728 SOLICIT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 5 57kg 103
8 113x70x620 ENQUARE Jason McLachlan Craig Newitt 18 57kg 90
9 501718×592 ESTONIAN PRINCESS Scott Aspery Brenton Avdulla 19 57kg 92
10 21113×1122 GIRL GUIDE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Craig Williams 20 57kg 95
11 21034×4010 FOREVER LOVED (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Tim Clark 13 57kg 96
12 2350×49983 YOU’RE SO GOOD (NZ) Nigel Blackiston Chad Schofield 14 57kg 88
13 x194226x11 STAR FASHION David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 2 57kg 95
14 37x621x445 POLITENESS Robert Smerdon Nicholas Hall 10 57kg 93
15 15x3601x80 MYAMIRA Rodney Northam Robert Thompson 9 57kg 92
16 222110×341 NEENA ROCK John Sargent Tye Angland 6 57kg 95
17e 1x34310x96 GIRL IN FLIGHT Robbie Griffiths Kerrin McEvoy 17 57kg 89
18e 80x4400x54 ZONZA (NZ) Roger James Dwayne Dunn 12 57kg 98
19e 471084×112 QUAYSIDE Peter G Moody James McDonald 4 57kg 94
20e x131124x51 MAHARA Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 15 57kg 87


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