Ninth Legion Leads 2015 Ajax Stakes Field & Weights

This Saturday in Sydney a host of Doncaster Mile hopefuls will face off in the Ajax Stakes 2015 at Rosehill Racecourse including the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained top weight Ninth Legion.

Ninth Legion

2015 Doncaster Mile hope Ninth Legion carries the top weight in Saturday’s Ajax Stakes at Rosehill. Photo: Steve Hart.

Run under handicap conditions, the $175,000, Group 2 APN Outdoor Ajax Stakes (1500m) rounds out the Coolmore Classic Day action as Race 9 at 5:30pm (AEDT).

A final field of 11 is engaged in the race, including a number of livewire chances for the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships, April 4.

Included in that group is the Team Hawkes-trained Ninth Legion drawn on the rails for Saturday with Tommy Berry riding from barrier one.

Last seen in the winner’s stall on January 24 when taking out the Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m) at Randwick, Ninth Legion went on to run second behind Contributer in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes over the same track and distance before his seventh to the same JohnO’Shea-trained import in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm last time out.

Fourth to He’s Your Man in last October’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), Ninth Legion carries the 59kg top weight on Saturday as he heads towards a Doncaster run next month.

In the latest Doncaster Mile betting odds at he pays $26, the same price as three of his Ajax Stakes rivals this weekend.

The other $26 Doncaster hopes running on the weekend are Rudy, Pornichet and San Diego.

All are looking to be the first horse since Grand Armee (2003) to complete the Ajax Stakes – Doncaster Mile double in the same year.

The consistent Helen Page-trained Red Dazzler four-year-old Rudy is after his third win from his past four starts following late spring – early summer wins in the Listed Recognition Stakes (1630m) at Doomben and the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.

His latest first-up effort was on February 28 at Warwick Farm in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) when a brave second behind the imported It’s Somewhat on debut down under.

He is yet to race over exactly 1500m and has never had a run at Rosehill but is in the right form for a big run from barrier nine for apprentice Luke Tarrant on 57.5kg.

Pornichet is on half a kilo less with 57kg and jumps one on Rudy’s outside from gate 10 for top trainer Gai Waterhouse.

The Vespone stallion has had three runs down under since coming from overseas last spring, his latest a disappointing first-up ninth in the Liverpool City Cup.

San Diego meanwhile looks an excellent lightweight chance in the Ajax sneaking in on the 53kg minimum.

The John O’Shea-trained Exceed And Excel four-year-old should get a gun run from barrier two with Tim Clark riding, the gelding coming off a first-up win in easier company at the track over 1350m on February 21.

Other notable Ajax Stakes hopefuls include the Gerald Ryan-trained stakes winner Red Excitement and Liverpool City Cup fourth placed Malavio who ran eighth in the Doncaster Mile behind Sacred Falls last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

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2015 Ajax Stake Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Rosehill Race 9 (5:30pm) – 14/03/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 5x7334x127 NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1 59kg 105
2 5215565×47 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 5 57.5kg 102
3 530x2211x2 RUDY Helen Page Luke Tarrant (a) 9 57.5kg 102
4 15139x41x9 PORNICHET (FR) Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 10 57kg 101
5 x23111x118 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 6 57kg 101
6 127x1080x5 AOMEN (IRE) Anthony Cummings Christian Reith 8 56.5kg 100
7 x53480x504 MALAVIO Steve Englebrecht Jason Collett 11 56.5kg 100
8 x751221122 BURBERO (NZ) Bjorn Baker Brodie Loy (a) 7 56kg 99
9 3030x540x0 SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 4 56kg 99
10 1x3620x8x1 SAN DIEGO John O’Shea Tim Clark 2 53kg 82
11 x527012x35 SPY DECODER (NZ) Anthony Cummings Sam Clipperton 3 53kg 80


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