The Leon & Troy Corstens-trained Tried And Tired is set to start one of the top favourites for Monday’s 2015 John Dillon Stakes at Sandown after coming up trumps with the inside alley for the Australia Day showdown.
The Niello gelding has been in flying form this time in enjoying two wins and a second from four starts since late November, Tried And Tired to race again in the $120,000 Listed Master Yearlings John Dillon Stakes (1400m).
Damien Oliver has the ride on the in-form five-year-old retaining the ride after the two finished just a nose away second last Saturday at Flemington when losing the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) to Red Excitement by the bob of the head.
He jumped from gate one there and should get another similar run in the John Dillon, the galloper looking to return to the winning form that saw him put one and three-quarter lengths on Lord Of The Sky to win the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) at Sandown-Lakeside on Boxing Day.
The top-rated and weighted John Dillon Stakes hopeful for Monday is then the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Reparations who is set to carry 60kg from barrier seven with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle.
Dunn was aboard on 59kg last start at Flemington on New Year’s Day when the Exceed And Excel six-year-old returned to racing finishing two lengths away third to Decircles in the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m).
Before that his latest run was a Listed MSS Security Stakes (1200m) win at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.
Danny O’Brien’s Standish Handicap winner Decircles is another John Dillon Stakes acceptor, the Encosta De Lago six-year-old having failed to back-up from his Group 3 win when eighth last Saturday in the Chester Manifold.
He races for the third time in as many weeks then on Monday with connections hoping he can bounce back into the winner’s stall.
Also with an inside draw for the John Dillon is the Archie Alexander-trained Snitzel gelding Amorino in barrier two who is out to improve on a seventh in the Standish Handicap.
Rounding out the field are then the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Backstead who has won two from four at the track and Darren Weir’s Stratum six-year-old Anlon coming via a sixth in the Chester Manifold Stakes.
See below for the full John Dillon Stakes 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.
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2015 John Dillon Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Sandown Race 5 (3:40pm) – 26/01/2015
|1||4532610×13||REPARATIONS||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Dwayne Dunn||7||60kg||102|
|2||1211×66877||AMORINO||Archie Alexander||Steven Arnold||2||58.5kg||99|
|3||12818×4512||TRIED AND TIRED||Leon & Troy Corstens||Damien Oliver||1||58.5kg||99|
|4||x9034x6665||AERONAUTICAL||Lionel Cohen||Brad Rawiller||3||58kg||98|
|5||35573×0818||DECIRCLES||Danny O’Brien||Stephen Baster||4||57.5kg||97|
|6||4126×04310||BACKSTEDT||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||6||56.5kg||95|
|7||16x4670x96||ANLON||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||5||54.5kg||91|