Group 1 Winners Headline 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes Final Field

Fifteen fillies and mares have been confirmed to contest Saturday’s Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick, highlighted by the inclusion of several previous winners at the highest level of Australian racing.

Catkins will be partnered by Joao Moreira in the 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Catkins will be partnered by Joao Moreira in the 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Catkins remains arguably the country’s most talented current racehorse yet to break through for a Group 1 victory but is offered a great chance of success in the 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes after being confirmed to be partnered by leading Hong Kong hoop Joao Moreira.

Finishing outside the first three only a handful of times through her 31 start career so far, Catkins has returned to racing in typically impressive form this time; winning each of the Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m) and Group 3 Breeders’ Classic (1200m) before running a close second to fellow Queen Of The Turf Stakes acceptor Cosmic Endeavour in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m).

Having returned to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) last time out, the daughter of Dubawi will leave from barrier 10 this weekend.

A two-time Group 1 champion, Cosmic Endeavour steadily built to the task this time in; placing fourth in the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) and second in the Group 3 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) prior to her Canterbury Stakes triumph.

Having been unable to figure when 14th in each of the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) most recently, the Northern Meteor mare is offered some chance of a return to form from barrier 4.

Noble Protector has returned to racing in exceptional condition this season and will be difficult to beat in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes from gate 7.

Beginning her career abroad in Britain before transferring to the care of Robert Smerdon partway through spring, Noble Protector returned this time for a resounding five length victory in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) before repeating the dose in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) last time out.

Three-year-olds First Seal and Amicus are treated particularly well with the weights in the 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes and both won Group 1 feature races over a mile during the Spring Carnival.

First Seal has continued to post impressive results over four starts this time in; running second in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) and winning the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) before beating beaten by a nose in each of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) most recently.

Amicus was unable to match the late pace when sixth in the Vinery Stud Stakes most recently but was impressive when fourth in each of the Surround Stakes and Coolmore Classic through late February and March.

Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) winner Bonaria will leave from the rails draw in the 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes while kiwi raider Diademe has been charged with overcoming gate 15.

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2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 3111×42100 COSMIC ENDEAVOUR Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 4 57kg 112
2 x1233x1121 CATKINS Chris Waller Joao Moreira 10 57kg 110
3 43×2474191 DIADEME (NZ) Murray Baker 15 57kg 103
4 1x879x8030 DIAMOND DRILLE Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 11 57kg 106
5 684071×256 BONARIA Pat Hyland Hugh Bowman 1 57kg 104
6 12x1324x11 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 7 57kg 104
7 47×2110232 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (NZ) Murray Baker 13 57kg 98
8 x50950x343 GYPSY DIAMOND Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 12 57kg 97
9 50x2123x62 AMANPOUR Gai Waterhouse Kerrin McEvoy 3 57kg 94
10 80x01x8058 HERA (NZ) Kris Lees 14 57kg 93
11 1x4676x734 INTIMATE MOMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Zac Purton 2 57kg 89
12 259x25x143 TELEPATHIC (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 5 57kg 87
13 7114×55725 JUST A BLUR Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones 6 57kg 77
14 12112×2122 FIRST SEAL John P Thompson James McDonald 8 54.5kg 107
15 x3221x9446 AMICUS Chris Waller Damien Oliver 9 54.5kg 95


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