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A final field of eight two-year-old fillies will run at Flemington on Saturday in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m).
Leading the field is the Peter Moody-trained Pasadena Girl, one of three last-start winners in the race. The filly will enjoy the inside jump from barrier one with Vlad Duric but will have to carry a one and a half kilogram weight penalty against her seven rivals after winning the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m).
Pasadena Girl made her debut in the Flemington race on February 21. She was just in behind the leading few but needed a run from the 500 metres. She got level 100 metres out and kept finding the line to score well, finishing one length in front of runner-up Stay With Me with Take Pride a further short half-head away in third.
At the other end of the field is Sam Pritchard-Gordon’s Dagny, who will have to overcome a wide start from the outside gate as she vies for her first race win in four starts. The filly did however enjoy a minor placing in the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on November 4.
Air Apparent will be start one gate in from barrier seven with Michael Walker as jockey. The filly has yet to win a race but did finish second in both her first two starts. She stepped up to group-level racing in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude (1100m) on February 14, finishing outside the placings in fourth.
The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained filly earned her place in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) two weeks later but finished sixth behind winner Pride Of Dubai.
Pursuits is the lone Godolphin juvenile in the 2015 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes field and is in pursuit of a place alongside his talented stablemates in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) next Saturday in Sydney. The filly was last seen running 10th in the Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude but did enjoy a winning trial on March 2. She will jump from barrier two with James Doyle to ride.
Check out the full Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes final field and barrier draw release below.
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2015 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes
|1||1||PASADENA GIRL (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||1||56.5kg|
|2||2246||AIR APPARENT||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||7||55kg|
|3||53×5||DAGNY (NZ)||Sam Pritchard-Gordon||Ben Melham||8||55kg|
|4||61||ANDRIOLI Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Robert Smerdon||Nicholas Hall||6||55kg|
|5||30||PURSUITS||John O’Shea||James Doyle||2||55kg|
|6||1||ECLAT||Mick Price||Dale Smith||3||55kg|
|7||40x||RESULTS Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Shaun Dwyer||Glen Boss||4||55kg|
|8||4||MAGNETTE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Wez Hunter||Craig Williams||5||55kg|
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