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Royal Randwick Racecourse will play host to a bevy of talented horses this Saturday with five black-type races running across the day’s meeting.
One such race is the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m), which has attracted a top field of 11 three-year-old fillies, many of which are resuming.
Racing enthusiasts will be most excited to see Mossfun return to the tack, since the classy filly was ruled out of the spring due to a virus. Because of such, Mossfun has not been seen since winning the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) last April.
The Team Hawkes-trained filly has won four of her five career starts, and ran second in the other, including the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) and Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m). She is set to jump from barrier seven with Tommy Berry in the saddle for the second time.
Mossfun has jumped from wide gates in her past three starts, including overcoming a wide start from barrier 11 to win the $3.5 million Golden Slipper.
Both Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse will deliver dual-pronged attacks on the 2015 Light Fingers Stakes after accepting with two of their stable stars each.
Waller will saddle Amicus and Winx, who both had successful spring campaigns. Amicus won the Group 1 1000 Guineas (1600m) back in October while Winx won the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) before going head-to-head with First Seal in both the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m), finishing runner-up in both.
Amicus will jump from barrier five with Hugh Bowman as jockey while Winx will enjoy a start from barrier three with Jason Collett to ride.
Waterhouse will have runners at either end of the field after Supara drew the second barrier and Adrift drew the widest one.
Supara has finished in the first two in all three of her starts but has yet to be tested at black-type level of racing while Adrift won back-to-back races in November.
Winx will once again face off against rival First Seal, getting a head start on their rivalry in the Light Finger Stakes.
The John Thompson-trained filly went on to run second in the Group 1 Champion Stakes (2000m) after winning both the Tea Rose and Flight Stakes and will enjoy the inside jump from barrier one when she resumes on Saturday. Blake Shinn will return as jockey.
Other top fillies resuming in the Light Finger Stakes include Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) winner Peggy Jean, John O’Shea’s Memorial, and Group 3 Red Roses Stakes (1100m) winner Onemorezeta.
Check out the complete 2015 Light Fingers Stakes field and barrier draw below. Betting markets for the race will open at Ladbrokes.com.au shortly so open your accounts today to get a head start on the autumn.
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2015 Light Fingers Stakes Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||1x1121x||MOSSFUN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||7||56kg||105|
|2||213215x57x||PEGGY JEAN||Gerald Ryan||Kerrin McEvoy||8||56kg||94|
|3||4x12112x||FIRST SEAL||John P Thompson||Blake Shinn||1||56kg||103|
|4||316x3221x||AMICUS||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||5||56kg||101|
|5||1x2958x26x||MEMORIAL||John O’Shea||James McDonald||4||56kg||84|
|6||11x122x||WINX||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||3||56kg||96|
|7||47x416744x||PRESS REPORT||Lee Curtis||Ms Winona Costin (a)||9||56kg||75|
|8||9x111x||ONEMOREZETA||Kris Lees||Christian Reith||6||56kg||85|
|9||161x||SLIGHTLY SWEET||Jason Coyle||Ms Kathy O’Hara||10||56kg||71|
|10||611x||ADRIFT (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Tye Angland||11||56kg||67|
|11||212x||SUPARA||Gai Waterhouse||Glyn Schofield||2||56kg||71|
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