Time For War Tops Capacity 2015 Gold Coast Guineas Field

Closing out an exciting nine-race program at the Gold Coast Racecourse to kick off the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival on Saturday is the Gold Coast Guineas 2015 where Time For War wears the number one saddlecloth in a full field.

Time For War

Time For War returns to racing on the Gold Coast for this Saturday’s 2015 Gold Coast Guineas in Queensland. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Due to jump as Race 9 at 4:28pm (AEST), this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Attwood Marshall Lawyers Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) has attracted a capacity field of 16 starters plus four emergency runners needing an early scratching to get in.

Up the top of the field with Blake Shinn to ride from a wide barrier 10 draw is Stuart Kendrick’s Group 1 performed Snitzel colt Time For War.

First-up and boasting a good record when resuming of two wins from three previous starts off a spell, Time For War was last seen running a disappointing 14th when outclassed in Melbourne last November in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m).

He is tipped for improvement back in Queensland this campaign and shoots for his first win since beating subsequent Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Brazen Beau, who is racing at Royal Ascot in England later this year, home in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) at Doomben last May.

Along with the nice first-up record, Time For War also ran well in a recent trial at Sunshine Coast when second behind last year’s Stradbroke Handicap winner River Lad over 850m on March 31.

A host of other exciting three-year-olds are also first-up in the Gold Coast Guineas this weekend including the John O’Shea-trained Sarajevo out wide in barrier 17 (into 14) who has last Saturday’s All Aged Stakes winning hoop Jim Cassidy in the saddle, Tony Pike’s New Zealand Group 1 placegetter Huka Eagle and Tony Gollan’s Flying Spur filly Traveston Girl.

Drawn in gate 12 for top hoop Tegan Harrison, Traveston Girl is undefeated over Saturday’s distance after two previous 1200m wins and races for the first time since her brave second when under a length off Amicus in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield last October.

Gollan has also accepted for fellow filly Feels Like Home in gate nine for jockey Jim Byrne, the daughter of More Than Ready second-up after finishing runner-up to Beau Jet over 1110m at Doomben on April 11.

The other fillies taking on the boys in the Guineas along with Gollan’s two are Noel Doyle’s local hope Aimee, the Desleigh Forster-trained Amizade, Sam Kavanagh’s returning Sydney raider Palazzo Pubblico, Sea Shells for Gold Coast trainer John Morrisey and Miss Cover Girl.

Drawn in barrier 14 with Glen Boss aboard, Kelly Schweida’s Monashee Mountain filly Miss Cover Girl has won three of her four previous Gold Coast starts and three from five over Saturday’s distance.

Her latest run was over the 1200m on a Heavy (8) Sydney track at Randwick when she beat home Peeping on April 6 to win the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes, form she’ll be looking to bring back to Queensland this weekend.

Other notable Gold Coast Guineas hopes include Brad Herne’s rails-drawn Mr Cha Cha last seen finishing fifth to Time For War in last year’s Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes making Saturday his first run in over a year, the Team Hawkes-trained Nostradamus and Beau Jet shooting for another win this time in with Damien Oliver booked for the ride.

Check out the full Gold Coast Guineas 2015 field, barriers and jockeys below.

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2015 Gold Coast Guineas Final Field & Barrier Draw

Gold Coast Race 9 (4:28pm) – 25/04/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 14016x520x TIME FOR WAR Stuart Kendrick Blake Shinn 10 57kg 89
2 111x0x1133 EXECUTED Krystle Johnston Kelvin Wharton 5 57kg 77
3 x17520x866 NOSTRADAMUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Hugh Bowman 4 57kg 86
4 1160x151x4 PINCH RIVER Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 19 57kg 80
5 1171×1 BEAU JET Steven O’dea Damien Oliver 13 57kg 76
6 1x446x10x SARAJEVO John O’Shea Jim Cassidy 17 57kg 75
7 1225x MR CHA CHA Brad Herne Paul Hammersley 1 57kg 70
8 11213x HUKA EAGLE (NZ) Tony Pike Leith Innes 6 57kg 78
9 43x2112x BETTER NOT BLUE Michelle Ritchie Robbie Brewer 8 57kg 68
10 12x341x151 MISS COVER GIRL Kelly Schweida Glen Boss 14 55kg 90
11 0x196x0252 AIMEE Noel Doyle Jason Taylor 18 55kg 85
12 611x442x TRAVESTON GIRL Tony Gollan Tegan Harrison 12 55kg 88
13 x23121x452 AMIZADE Desleigh Forster Michael Cahill 7 55kg 77
14 45x1114x PALAZZO PUBBLICO Sam Kavanagh Kerrin McEvoy 3 55kg 73
15 401×25114 SEASHELLS John Morrisey TBA 16 55kg 69
16 37x80862x2 FEELS LIKE HOME Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 9 55kg 66
17e 1×1 BEARSKIN Tony Gollan Tye Angland 2 57kg 69
18e 23x591934x RISING LUCK Trevor Thomas TBA 15 57kg 64
19e x56x82033x LAREBIL Danny J Bougoure TBA 11 57kg
20e 1×9 REAL GENE (NZ) John Morrisey TBA 20 55kg 61


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