Capacity Field for 2014 Travel Associates Classic

The Listed Travel Associates Classic (1200m), running at Doomben Racecourse this Saturday, is set to be an action packed race after a maximum capacity field accepted for the sprint race on Wednesday.

Tinto will carry the top weight of 59.5kg in the Travel Associates Classic this Saturday, for which a capacity field has accepted.

Tinto will carry the top weight of 59.5kg in the Travel Associates Classic this Saturday, for which a capacity field has accepted. Photo by Daniel Costello.

16 fillies and mares plus five emergencies featured in the final field released on Wednesday morning, headlined by Tinto.

The Rex Lipp-trained mare will carry the sole top weight of 59.5kg, up to four kilos more than his rivals, but will enjoy a good start from barrier three with apprentice jockey Bridget Grylls in the saddle.

The four-year-old outclasses her rivals, having won at the highest level back in May after taking out the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m), which followed two more black-type race placings.

Tinto has proven she’s a winning middle-distance runner but will now return to the 1200 metre sprint distance that plagued her at the beginning of her career. The mare began her career with a win in the Sky Racing 2YO Plate (1200m) back in March last year before missing out on a placing in her following five starts less than the mile. She went on to finish second in a Toowoomba Handicap over 1100m earlier this year but history shows she’s better over 1800 metres or longer.

The Kelly Schweida-trained Discreet and Lacey Morrison-trained Tukiyo are the only other runners carrying more than the minimum weight of 55.5kg. Both mares will ride one kilo over at 56.5kg.

Discreet will jump from barrier 10 while last start winner Tukiyo is set to jump from barrier eight.

Both Tony Gollan and Matthew Dunn are set to deliver a dual-pronged attack on the race, with both trainers having two horses in the race.

Gollan will be represented by Tear It Up and Faith’n’courage while Dunn will saddle Beach Babe and Darcey.

Five-year-old mare Tear It Up won a Class 6 Plate over 1200 metres ahead of her stable mate Faith’n’courage, who ran second, on the course proper on November 1. She is set to jump from barrier nine while Faith’n’courage drew wide in barrier 19 but will come in five gates if all emergencies are scratched.

Beach Babe has finished in the placings her last three times out, all of which were at Doomben over 1200 metres. The mare will jump from 17 (into 13) while Darcey drew barrier 11.

Elusive Storm, one of three New Zealand imports in the race, has scored the ideal inside run from barrier one with Eddie Wilkinson in the saddle.

The six-year-old has finished in the first three in all three of her starts this campaign, including a win over 2014 Travel Associates Classic rival Beach Babe in the Bartons Bayside Handicap (1110m) on October 11.

Check out the complete Travel Associates Classic final field below to get a comprehensive idea of the race.

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2014 Travel Associates Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 4x2881218x TINTO Rex Lipp Bridget Grylls (a) 3 59.5kg 101
2 x80411x455 DISCREET Kelly Schweida Luke Tarrant (a) 10 56.5kg 93
3 7172646×61 TUKIYO Lacey Morrison Damian Browne 8 56.5kg 86
4 6580xP214x PLAYTIME Todd Austin Ric McMahon 2 55.5kg 87.5
5 111264×132 ELUSIVE STORM (NZ) Brian Smith Eddie Wilkinson 1 55.5kg 91
6 7x4531133x LITTLE BROWN HORSE Kelly Doughty Dale Missen 6 55.5kg 92
7 47×8234172 PRETTYFAMOUS (NZ) Mario Caltabiano Bobby El-Issa 4 55.5kg 85
8 3314x7136x BREAKFAST IN BED David Vandyke Michael Cahill 13 55.5kg 83
9 14065×1619 TEAR IT UP Tony Gollan 9 55.5kg 83
10 25x4857x15 JUST A GIRL Chris Waller Chris Munce 12 55.5kg 86
11 140×026127 FAITH’N’COURAGE Tony Gollan 19 55.5kg 79
12 11x16515x8 GREY COUNTESS Ben Currie Matthew McGuren (a) 21 55.5kg 82
13 5238×74223 BEACH BABE Matthew Dunn 17 55.5kg 81
14 138x11x223 BROOK ROAD Kris Lees Jim Byrne 7 55.5kg 87
15 770×965652 DARCEY Matthew Dunn 11 55.5kg 78
16 5471240×03 GALLINARI Bryan Dais Larry Cassidy 20 55.5kg 74
17e 254×422146 ADORABUBBLE Barry Lockwood 16 55.5kg 80
18e x211x173x4 MISS STASH Jennifer Fraser 18 55.5kg 81
19e 1x12x0112x TARLOSHAN (NZ) Graeme Boyd Jason Taylor 14 55.5kg 80
20e 37406×7184 COMMAND MORE Gerald Ryan 5 55.5kg 69
21e 35×3128921 KALAHARI PRINCESS Mark Taylor 15 55.5kg 76


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