2014 Matriarch Stakes Field Features Suavito

This Saturday the Matriarch Stakes 2014, known as the Momentum Energy Stakes, is one of the top support races on Flemington’s Emirates Stakes Day card and features a top field of mares including Suavito.


Suavito is one of the top chances in Saturday’s Matriarch Stakes 2014. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

Nigel Blackiston’s local Thorn Park four-year-old is one of a capacity 16 starters plus four emergencies accepted for this year’s $300,000 Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m).

The older mares’ clash runs as Flemington Race 8 at 5:05pm (AEDT) as the penultimate event on the final Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting.

There are just two last start winners in this year’s race including Suavito drawn in barrier eight but possibly into six if the emergencies come out.

Triple Melbourne Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver has the ride after guiding her to a nice 1.25 length win at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day, October 25, in the Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m).

Saturday she steps up in distance, her second time over the 2000m following a seventh to Lucia Valentina when outclassed in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes in Sydney during the autumn.

The other last start winner in the mix is then the Robert Smerdon-trained Spinderbella after her third win from five starts.

Her latest effort was in a fillies-and-mares’ handicap over 2040m on Cox Plate eve, Saturday her first look at Flemington but third run over a distance she’s so far undefeated over.

The top rated of the Matriarch Stakes hopefuls meanwhile is the Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained local Solicit drawn out wide in barrier 13 (into 10) with Damian Lane to ride.

The four-year-old has been in exciting form this season including a Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) second to Dear Demi in September and most recently a fourth when only 1.6 lengths off Bonaria in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) last Saturday.

Solicit hasn’t won a race since the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) here in March but could be ready to break the drought with her good record at the track (7-2-0-3) and distance (3-0-2-1).

Also high up the ratings are the likes of Roger James’s Zabeel mare Zonza coming off a fourth in a New Zealand Group 1 over 2040m from October 4 with the outside barrier to overcome here, recent Group 3 Ladies’ Day Vase winner over the Caulfield mile Star Fashion and the Mick Price-trained Tango’s Daughter.

Street Cry four-year-old Star Fashion comes via a Myer Classic run when 10th and will be out to improve when stepped back up in distance that she’s twice ran second at from four 2000m starts.

Tango’s Daughter meanwhile is a Hugh Bowman ride from barrier nine and was fourth behind Suavito in the Tesio Stakes beaten three lengths ahead of her first run over the 2000m this weekend.

The best represented in this year’s Matriarch Stakes field numbers wise meanwhile is trainer Peter Moody with Savabeel four-year-old Spirit Of Heaven (barrier 14) and Metaphorical (16) as well as second emergency In Masquerade.

Other notable hopes in the mix include the Gai Waterhouse-trained Amanpour who was second over 1700m here on Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup Day program and the progressive No Excuses Bec to be ridden by apprentice hoop Katelyn Mallyon.

See below for the full Matriarch Stakes 2014 field, barriers and jockeys.

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2014 Matriarch Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 8 (5:05pm) – 08/11/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 11429×7284 SOLICIT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 13 58.5kg 103
2 3276x12N31 SUAVITO (NZ) Nigel Blackiston Damien Oliver 8 57.5kg 93
3 194226×110 STAR FASHION David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 7 57.5kg 95
4 x31117x034 TANGO’S DAUGHTER Mick Price Hugh Bowman 9 57.5kg 94
5 5x3601x800 MYAMIRA Rodney Northam Craig Williams 17 56.5kg 92
6 80x4400x54 ZONZA (NZ) Roger James Michael Rodd 20 56.5kg 98
7 x34310x965 GIRL IN FLIGHT Robbie Griffiths Kerrin McEvoy 1 56kg 89
8 3x6760x540 KEEP DE ROSE (NZ) Danny O’Brien 15 55kg 85
9 4x14532x08 SCRATCHY BOTTOM Michael Kent Dwayne Dunn 4 55kg 78
10 520×911260 RECKLESS ASSASSIN John Sadler 3 55kg 83
11 45111×2131 SPINDERBELLA Robert Smerdon Glen Boss 12 55kg 83
12 x96x611150 SPIRIT OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 14 55kg 83
13 211950×212 AMANPOUR Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 10 55kg 80
14 x2313x9728 LADY CUMQUAT Darren Weir 18 55kg 88
15 167×856312 NO EXCUSES BEC Andrew Noblet Ms Katelyn Mallyon (a) 6 55kg 79
16 x3636x0492 METAPHORICAL Peter G Moody 16 55kg 78
17e 2640512×00 GOLD TO GO Mark Riley Daniel Stackhouse 5 55kg 72
18e x41225x634 IN MASQUERADE (NZ) Peter G Moody 2 55kg 72
19e x31219x416 TERAI John O’Shea James McDonald 11 55kg 74
20e 0855×31215 MELALEUCA Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Jack Hill 19 55kg 68


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