The Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) is one of eight races running in support of the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm this Saturday.
Just seven two-year-old colts and geldings are set to test their sprinting abilities in the $175,000 race after Godolphin’s unbeaten colt Holler failed to accept due to an elevated temperature. While it had returned to normal by Tuesday morning, his trainer John O’Shea opted against running him on Saturday. He will endeavour to have the colt ready to run in the Group 2 Todman Slipper Trial (1200m) next week.
O’Shea still has two strong chances in the 2015 Skyline Stakes without Holler after accepting with both Exosphere and Mogador.
Exosphere won his maiden at Kembla Grove two weeks ago in the Valentines Day 2YO Maiden Plate (1000m), which the colt dominantly won by over four lengths. He will enjoy the inside jump from barrier one this Saturday with James McDonald to ride.
Mogador is the only runner not nominated for the Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) during The Championships in April, which will have $1 million on offer for its juvenile runners.
The colt was runner-up to stable mate Exosphere at Kembla Grove a fortnight ago on his debut after winning two barrier trials since October. He will jump from barrier six with James Doyle as jockey.
Peter & Paul Snowden will saddle Wolf Cry, who finished less than a length behind Haptic in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) on February 14, rounding out the first three finishers. He will jump from barrier four with Hugh Bowman in his saddle.
Gary Portelli’s Sebring Sun is also coming via the Lonhro Plate, where the colt finished just outside the placings in fifth. The two-year-old has yet to win from his three starts and will have to overcome a wide start from the outside gate in the Skyline Stakes.
Salerno won the Victory Vein Plate (1000m) back in October and enjoyed a winning barrier trial at the course proper last week while Inglis Nursery (1000m) winner Odyssey Moon will enjoy a start from barrier two.
Team Hawkes’ Sun Flash was scratched from a mid-week minor race at Rosehill in favour of the Skyline Stakes, in which the colt will make his racing debut.
Check out the full field and barrier draw for the race below.
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2015 Skyline Stakes Field & Barrier Draw
|1||14||ODYSSEY MOON||Rodney Northam||Tye Angland||2||55.5kg|
|2||71x||SALERNO||Paul Perry||Jim Cassidy||5||55.5kg|
|3||2×35||SEBRING SUN||Gary Portelli||Blake Shinn||7||55.5kg|
|4||3×3||WOLF CRY||Peter & Paul Snowden||Hugh Bowman||4||55.5kg|
|5||7×1||EXOSPHERE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||1||55.5kg|
|6||2||MOGADOR||John O’Shea||James Doyle||6||55.5kg|
|7||–||SUN FLASH||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||3||55.5kg|