Gai Waterhouse’s last start Morphettville winner Ondina returns to Adelaide’s premier track on RN Irwin Stakes Day this Saturday leading a quality field for this year’s Auraria Schweppervescene Stakes 2015.
Due to jump as Morphettville Race 7 at 4:23pm (SA time) this year’s $115,000 Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m), registered as the Auraria Stakes, features a capacity field of 18 starters plus four other three-year-old fillies sweating on a scratching to make the line-up.
News earlier this week confirmed the Robert Smerdon-trained Australasian Oaks-bound Fontein Ruby would miss the Auraria Stakes on Saturday in favour of a run at home at Caulfield, leaving Waterhouse’s daughter of Manhattan Rain Ondina as the headline interstate raider.
Ondina raced at the track on March 28 and scored a neck win in the Listed Laeila Stakes (1600m), an effort she’s out to repeat on Saturday when stepped out over more distance.
She sees the 1800m for the first time and Blake Spriggs retains the mount, Ondina drawn in barrier eight with a possible gate six start beckoning if the emergencies fail to gain a run by jump time.
The two fillies that finished second and third respectively behind the Laeila Stakes winner in the lead-up to Saturday’s clash, Into The Mist and Cathy’s Mark are both also accepted to take Ondina on again in the Auraria Stakes.
The Tony McEvoy-trained Redoute’s Choice filly Into The Mist has come up trumps with gate two for the rematch with Jason Holder retaining the ride on the lightly raced runner lining up for just her fourth career run.
Cathy’s Mark is draw much, much wider with barrier 19 (into 15) to overcome but the distance to do so out over the 1800m.
The Nigel Blackiston-trained Melbourne visitor has run third in both her autumn runs to date and is out over further than a mile for the first time also.
Along with Ondina there are two other last start winners confirmed a run in the Auraria Stakes on Saturday with Luke Oliver’s flying Kansas Sunflower and the Greg Eurell-trained Redasun.
Kansas Sunflower is a Brad Rawiller mount and has drawn the rails on the weekend for her maiden Adelaide run, the grey-brown daughter of Mastercraftsman coming off a mile win at Flemington from just last Saturday.
Redasun meanwhile is drawn out in 17 (into 12) and shoots for her third win on the trot after back-to-back victories over 1600m at Sandown-Lakeside in Melbourne this time in.
Another headliner coming off ace lead-up form is the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Maastricht drawn well in barrier five for jockey Joe Bowditch.
The grey filly comes off two good Group 3 thirds during the autumn interstate carnivals having crossed just one and a half lengths off Chill Party in Moonee Valley’s Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) last month before her brave effort to Candelara in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) in the wet at Randwick on April 6.
See below for the bumper Schweppervescence Auraria Stakes 2015 field along with the full barrier draw and jockeys.
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2015 Auraria Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Morphettville Race 7 (4:23pm) – 18/04/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||013181||ONDINA||Gai Waterhouse||Blake Spriggs||8||55.5kg||76|
|2||5x2453x131||KANSAS SUNFLOWER (NZ)||Luke Oliver||Brad Rawiller||1||55.5kg||70|
|3||6x1106x08||SEBRELLA||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||TBA||18||55.5kg||66|
|4||x122x45333||MAASTRICHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Joe Bowditch||5||54kg||77|
|5||4×54811||REDASUN||Greg Eurell||Clare Lindop||17||54kg||69|
|6||6x1921x915||TRY YOUR BEST (NZ)||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||11||54kg||69|
|7||4336484×35||HIPSTER GIRL||Jason Warren||Paul Gatt||15||54kg||67|
|8||x360x61168||CHOIX DE MAIA (NZ)||Pat Carey||Harry Coffey (a)||13||54kg||67|
|9||8x1270x33||CATHY’S MARK||Nigel Blackiston||James Winks||19||54kg||66|
|10||x23274x477||FITOCRACY||Jon O’Connor||Todd Pannell||16||54kg||65|
|11||23446×122||DEANNA JEAN||Shane Oxlade||Justin Potter||22||54kg||65|
|12||06x123x396||COACHELLA (NZ)||Phillip Stokes||Matthew Neilson||20||54kg||65|
|13||162||INTO THE MIST||Tony McEvoy||Jason Holder||2||54kg||64|
|14||14×683||FINDA FITTER FILLY||John & Chris Ledger||Simon Price||21||54kg||63|
|15||148||CASHLA BAY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Cory Parish||9||54kg||63|
|16||9442×32215||KEEP THE KLASS (NZ)||Darren Weir||Ms Michelle Payne||10||54kg||62|
|17||2×162208||EXALTED HONEY||Karen Byrnes||Krystal Bishop (a)||7||54kg||62|
|18||7712×034||OKAHU BAY||Phillip Stokes||Ronnie Stewart||4||54kg||61|
|20e||5x0071x58||ALBORBROWN||John Hyam||Ms Sigrid Carr (a)||3||54kg||61|
|21e||55x3915x63||DE LAGO HERIZ||Lloyd Kennewell||TBA||12||54kg||60|
|22e||341||UNFURL (NZ)||Darren Weir||TBA||6||54kg||60|