The opening of four Group 1 features at Randwick Racecourse this Saturday for Day 1 of The Championships in Sydney is the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes 2015 featuring a final field of 11 two-year-olds.
Due to jump as Randwick Race 6 at 3:10pm (AEDT) this year’s $1 million Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) is running as the Inglis Sires and of the 11 in the field the top rated is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Pride Of Dubai.
The Street Cry colt is back in Sydney for the first time since December last year having run in back-to-back Caulfield races in February including his close win in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) last start.
He is a month between runs then but looks the goods to race well fresh in his first look at Randwick chasing back-to-back Group 1s.
Hugh Bowman, aboard for the youngster’s debut start last year, is back aboard replacing Damian Browne in the saddle with the duo drawn in barrier six, which last produced an ATC Sires’ Produce winner in 2011 with Helmet – also prepared by Peter Snowden.
Formerly training for Godolphin, then Darley, Snowden has won two of the past four editions also saddling-up 2013 winner Guelph.
He is now out on his own with son Paul, the team after their first Inglis Sires win together with Pride Of Dubai.
There are two other last start winners in the mix with the undefeated John O’Shea-trained Tarquin and Peter Moody’s Pasadena Girl who is also yet to taste defeat.
Drawn in barrier seven with James McDonald riding, Hard Spun colt Tarquin represents Godolphin this year and comes off a three-quarter length victory in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) from Rosehill on March 14.
While is form is promising, an ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner hasn’t had their final lead-up in the Pago Pago since 1984 with the Clarry Conners-trained Victory Prince.
Moody meanwhile chases his first win in the classic with his smart Savabeel filly Pasadena Girl looking to beat home the boys on the weekend.
Fillies have won the past two editions with Guelph (2013) and Peggy Jean (2014), last start Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m) winner Pasadena Girl out to do it again from barrier two with Vlad Duric retaining the ride.
Duric has ridden the filly for both her runs to date at Flemington this autumn and stays on for her Sydney and Group 1 debut on the weekend.
The best fancied of the female ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes acceptors meanwhile is the Gai Waterhouse-trained English drawn wide in barrier nine for jockey Tommy Berry.
Waterhouse has prepared seven winners of the race, most recently Pierro (2012), and so boasts a commanding record.
She hasn’t won with a filly in 10 years however with Fashions Afield (2005) the last, English looking to be the next and the first winner from gate nine since Camarilla (2007).
English has had three runs to date, including a Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) win at her only other Randwick start, and looked the goods when three-quarters of a length off stablemate Vancouver in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 21.
The Golden Slipper is historically the best guide for the Inglis Sires producing two of the past three winners.
Other exciting fillies in the race this autumn are the Chris Waller-trained Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner at Warwick Farm two back Always Allison and Gerald Ryan’s Magic Night Stakes runner-up Perignon.
Also in the mix and sure to sit high up the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are the likes of the well-tried Mishani Honco in barrier three, the Mick Price-trained improver Ready For Victory coming off a Golden Slipper fourth and the Team Hawkes-trained Pago Pago runner-up Rageese.
See below for the full ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes 2015 field, barriers and jockeys.
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2015 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Randwick Race 6 (3:10pm) – 04/04/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||321||PRIDE OF DUBAI||Peter & Paul Snowden||Hugh Bowman||6||56.5kg|
|2||121011334||MISHANI HONCHO||Les Ross||Chris Whiteley||3||56.5kg|
|3||14||READY FOR VICTORY||Mick Price||Nicholas Hall||8||56.5kg|
|4||14238||ODYSSEY MOON||Rodney Northam||Damien Oliver||5||56.5kg|
|5||11||TARQUIN||John O’Shea||James McDonald||7||56.5kg|
|6||6×2||RAGEESE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||10||56.5kg|
|7||112||ENGLISH||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||9||54.5kg|
|8||11||PASADENA GIRL (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||2||54.5kg|
|9||117||ALWAYS ALLISON||Chris Waller||Joao Moreira||11||54.5kg|
|10||41572||PERIGNON||Gerald Ryan||Zac Purton||4||54.5kg|
|11||29615||QUEEN OF WANDS||Clarry Conners||Sam Clipperton||1||54.5kg|