A currently not-nominated but highly-fancied Golden Slipper hope for Godolphin and trainer John O’Shea, Inner Circle heads a small field of fellow colts and geldings in Saturday’s Pago Pago Stakes 2015.
Due to jump as Rosehill Gardens Race 3 at 1:35pm (AEDT), this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) features a final field of nine and offers a ballot exemption to the winner for Saturday week’s $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m).
The shortest-priced of the Pago Pago Stakes acceptors in the pre-field Golden Slipper odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is Street Cry colt Inner Circle despite the youngster not currently being nominated for the world’s richest two-year-olds’ race.
He has had just the one start to date when kicking off his career with a win at Rosehill over 1100m on February 25 by nearly two lengths, a second win this weekend possibly convincing connections to pay the $150,000 late Golden Slipper entry for March 21.
Along with Inner Circle, O’Shea has accepted for Tarquin in the Pago Pago Stakes.
The Hard Spun colt is drawn well in barrier four and comes off a winning debut over 1300m at Newcastle from February 19, Saturday then a drop down in distance but step up in class.
The only other Pago Pago hope at a quote under $50 for the Golden Slipper along with Inner Circle this year meanwhile is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Paceman ($36) who has the outside barrier nine draw for jockey Damian Browne.
The Duport colt has had two previous runs backing up from a mid-November win on debut during the spring with a first-up sixth to Headwater in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on February 21.
He comes into the Pago Pago Stakes off a solid 800m Warwick Farm trial six days after the Silver Slipper when second to last Saturday’s Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) runner-up Furnaces who was over three lengths off Gai Waterhouse’s current Golden Slipper favourite Vancouver.
Along with the aforementioned O’Shea-trained Pago Pago duo, there are two other hopes in the race that come off winning debuts.
Five-time Golden Slipper winning trainer Waterhouse saddles-up Redoute’s Choice colt Raphael’s Cat who won over 1100m at the track late last month and Chris Waller has his Encosta De Lago colt Vanbrough backing up off a 1200m Randwick victory from February 18.
The other most notable runner is the Rodney Northam-trained Odyssey Moon who has come up trumps with barrier one for his hoop Tye Angland staying aboard after three previous rides on the up-and-comer.
Snitzel colt Odyssey Moon is the best tried in the field having his fourth career start on the weekend as he shoots for his second win.
He took out the Inglis Nursery on debut at Randwick in December before a first-up fourth in the Inglis Classic over this track and distance on February 7.
Last time out on Coolmore Classic Day at Warwick Farm he went up to black-type company for the first time for a second, beaten four lengths, to now Golden Slipper second favourite Exosphere ($4.60) in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m).
See below for the full Pago Pago Stakes 2015 field, barriers and jockeys.
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2015 Pago Pago Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 3 (1:35pm) – 14/03/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||142||ODYSSEY MOON||Rodney Northam||Tye Angland||1||55.5kg|
|2||1×6||PACEMAN||Peter & Paul Snowden||Damian Browne||9||55.5kg|
|3||1||INNER CIRCLE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||2||55.5kg|
|4||1||RAPHAEL’S CAT||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||3||55.5kg|
|5||1||VANBRUGH||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||7||55.5kg|
|6||1||TARQUIN||John O’Shea||William Buick||4||55.5kg|
|7||6x||RAGEESE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||8||55.5kg|
|8||6||ARSONIST||David Vandyke||Joshua Parr||5||55.5kg|
|9||–||INTRUSION||Gerald Ryan||Kerrin McEvoy||6||55.5kg|