12 fillies and mares featured in the final field for the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) this morning, one of nine black-type races running at Flemington on Saturday.
Bonaria and Epingle will each carry the topweight of 58.5kg due to their ages. The Pat Hyland-trained Bonaria will enjoy a start from barrier four with Dwayne Dunn as jockey while Michael Kent’s Epingle will jump from barrier 10 with Luke Nolen to ride.
Six-year-old mare Bonaria is already a winner at the highest level of racing after winning the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington back in November, which also makes her a winner over the track and distance of the Schweppervescence Trophy.
Bonaria resumed in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) on February 14, finishing runner-up to Tycoon Tara, before running fifth in the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) on February 28.
Seven-year-old mare Epingle has not been seen since she finished runner-up in the Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) on November 15, which means the mare will be running first-up in the 2015 Schweppervescence Trophy.
The highest-rated runner in the field is the Ciaron Maher-trained Set Square, who will need to overcome a wide start from barrier 11 (of 12). The three-year-old has placed in all five of her career starts, including a win at the highest level of racing in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) back in November.
Set Square resumed in the Group 3 Vanity (1400m) on February 21, finishing less than half a length off winner Sweet And Speedy in second place.
Lee & Shannon Hope will deliver a dual-pronged attack on the race, accepting with both Choose and Fenway.
Four-year-old mare Choose won a Benchmark 84 and Benchmark 90, both over 1400m, in January before stepping up to black-type racing in the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) on February 28, finishing just a quarter of a length behind the winner in second place.
Choose will enjoy the inside jump from barrier one on Saturday with champion international jockey Joao Moreira in the saddle.
Fenway will carry the minimum weight of 53kg as she jumps from barrier seven with jockey Nicholas Hall. The three-year-old won her maiden back in October over 1400m and earned a minor placing in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on November 1.
The filly resumed in the Vanity on February 28, finishing just outside the placings in fourth.
Check out the complete 2015 Schweppervescence Trophy field and barrier draw below. Betting markets for the race will open at Ladbrokes.com.au shortly. Open your betting account now to receive up to $250 in a bonus match on your first bet.
2015 Schweppervescence Trophy Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x684071x25||BONARIA||Pat Hyland||Dwayne Dunn||4||58.5kg||103|
|2||1135x4442x||EPINGLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||Luke Nolen||10||58.5kg||102|
|3||3111×2||SET SQUARE||Ciaron Maher||Hugh Bowman||11||56kg||105|
|4||7232309×86||BIPPO NO BUNGUS||Neville Parnham||Brad Parnham||3||56kg||81|
|5||x22210x387||MARIANNE (NZ)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Mark Zahra||2||56kg||87|
|6||x234621x57||PRECIOUS GEM||Gwenda Johnstone||Damien Oliver||9||56kg||86|
|7||5×65559112||CHOOSE||Lee & Shannon Hope||Joao Moreira||1||54kg||88|
|8||x512x1324x||NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB)||Robert Smerdon||Craig Williams||5||54kg||95|
|9||11150×2643||STREET ALLURE||Darren Weir||Ms Michelle Payne||12||54kg||75|
|10||9x1713x138||PANAREA||Lyn Tolson & Leonie Proctor||Chris Symons||8||54kg||69|
|11||155945×016||REFER||Heath Conners||Damian Lane||6||54kg||75|
|12||143×4||FENWAY||Lee & Shannon Hope||Nicholas Hall||7||53kg||69|