The Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) is one of two black-type races running at Rosehill this Saturday, on the eve of the autumn carnival.
Eight three-year-old sprinters featured in the final field released on Wednesday, including half of which are resuming.
Chris Waller is set to dominate the race after accepting with three of his horses but it is Paul Messara’s Scissor Kick that leads the charge. The three-year-old colt will jump from barrier four with Tye Angland to ride.
Scissor Kick had a successful spring campaign that saw him win three consecutive races and finish second in a further two. He won both the Listed Rosebud (1200m) and Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) at Randwick before just missing out on victory in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).
The colt was three and four wide all the way but managed to work his way into the race and hit the front at the 200 metre mark. He had the temerity to keep boxing on into second place, losing to Hallowed Crown by a head.
Scissor Kick then went on to finish runner-up in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) before travelling to Melbourne for the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m). It was a weak run for the colt who finished eight lengths behind winner Brazen Beau in ninth place. He was well and truly over the spring and was subsequently spelled.
Waller is due to deliver a three-pronged attack on the race with Kermadec, Delectation, and Harrier Jet.
The lightly-run Kermadec has just three career starts to his name, including winning the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) back in November. He will jump from barrier six with Blake Shinn to ride.
Like Scissor Kick, Delectation enjoyed his share of success in the spring. The gelding earned a minor placing in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) before finishing runner-up in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m). He will jump from barrier seven with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
Waller’s third horse set to run in the Eskimo Prince Stakes is Harrier Jet, who will enjoy the inside jump from barrier one with champion hoop Tommy Berry as rider. This will be the gelding’s first black-type race after dominating Benchmark races this summer.
Inz’n’out definitely doesn’t have the class of his seven rivals but trainer Gerald Ryan is hopeful his fitness will help him be a surprise success on Saturday. He will jump from barrier five with James McDonald.
John O’Shea has opted not to accept with late nomination Memorial, which means the filly will likely resume in next Saturday’s Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) instead. O’Shea did accept with Meursault however, who will enjoy an ideal run from barrier two with Sam Clipperton aboard.
Group 2 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) runner-up Diamond Valores will have to overcome a jump from the widest gate however the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained gelding will have Kerrin McEvoy in his saddle.
Lastly, David Payne’s Bold Circle will run from barrier three with Glyn Schofield.
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2015 Eskimo Prince Stakes Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||7x111229x||SCISSOR KICK||Paul Messara||Tye Angland||4||58.5kg||96|
|2||121x||KERMADEC (NZ)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||6||58.5kg||88|
|3||x111x4342x||DELECTATION||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||7||57kg||90|
|4||x1316x1322||HARRIER JET||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||1||56kg||79|
|5||1122×232||INZ’N’OUT||Gerald Ryan||James McDonald||5||56kg||75|
|6||1x6x23||MEURSAULT||John O’Shea||Sam Clipperton||2||56kg||72|
|7||31x874x618||BOLD CIRCLE||David Payne||Glyn Schofield||3||56kg||73|
|8||1122x||DIAMOND VALORES (NZ)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||8||56kg||78|