Mossfun Headlines 2015 Light Fingers Stakes Field

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.

After a 10 month spell, Mossfun will resume in the Light Finger Stakes.

After a 10 month spell, Mossfun will resume in the Light Finger Stakes. Photo by Steve Hart.

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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