2015 Australia Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

The Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) is the feature race running on the Australia Day long weekend, attracting a small yet classy field of nine sprinters.

Jarrod McLean's Blackie will enjoy the inside run from barrier one in the Australia Stakes this Saturday.

Jarrod McLean’s Blackie will enjoy the inside run from barrier one in the Australia Stakes this Saturday. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

A re-match of the first three in the 2014 edition of the race has been ruled out after Peter Moody chose not to accept with Moment Of Change – last year’s runner-up.

Moody will still be represented in the race by Dissident, who will jump from barrier seven with Ben Melham to ride.

The four-year-old horse is a three-time Group One winner and enjoyed his share of success during the spring. Dissident won the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) first up on August 30 followed by the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m). He then missed out on the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Charity Cup (1400m) by just a nose to Trust In A Gust.

However Dissident received a three month ban after bleeding in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m), which was used as an excuse for his sixth place finish.

Australia Stakes defending champion Richie’s Vibe will jump from barrier three, four more gates in than he won from last year, with Damien Oliver in the saddle once again.

The five-year-old gelding has been lightly raced since his win last January, finishing end of the field in all three starts including the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m), and has been off the track since August last year – missing the spring and much of the summer.

Robbie Griffith’s It Is Written will vie to go two better than his third place finish last year as the gelding jumps from barrier six.

The Peter Gelagotis-trained Mourinho was a late nomination for the 2015 Australia Stakes after impressing in a jumpout on Monday morning, due to jump from barrier five with Vlad Duric. Gelagotis realised Saturday’s race was the perfect first-up race for the seven-year-old gelding considering he’ll have a light autumn, instead focusing on the spring.

Mourinho had the best campaign of his career during the spring, placing in the Group 2 Dato Chan Nim Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) as well as winning the Listed Cranbourne Cup (2025m). The gelding then made his Group One debut in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) where he ran a solid seventh of 14 horses.

Wez Hunter’s Smokin’ Joey has the potential to dominate the Australia Stakes after drawing barrier two with Chris Parnham to ride.

The seven-year-old gelding was luckless during the spring and finished fourth in both the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in Perth during the summer.

The Jarrod McLean-trained Blackie will enjoy the inside run from barrier one with Chris Symons to ride.

Check out the full 2015 Australia Stakes field and barrier draw below.

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2015 Australia Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1160x1126x DISSIDENT Peter G Moody Ben Melham 7 58.5kg 115
2 618×857744 SMOKIN’ JOEY Wez Hunter Chris Parnham (a) 2 58.5kg 106
3 506x12317x MOURINHO Peter Gelagotis Vlad Duric 5 58.5kg 106
4 8×46736671 IT IS WRITTEN Robbie Griffiths Matthew Allen 6 58.5kg 99
5 21222213×3 HARD STRIDE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 8 58.5kg 97
6 50x24055x0 BLACKIE (NZ) Jarrod McLean Chris Symons 1 58.5kg 97
7 5142170x7x RICHIE’S VIBE Paul Beshara Damien Oliver 3 58.5kg 100
8 2532311189 AUDINO Robbie Laing Dwayne Dunn 9 58.5kg 80
9 x5318149x2 TUDOR Doug Harrison Craig Williams 4 55kg 73


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