This Saturday in Brisbane Doomben Racecourse hosts Queensland Oaks Day, the opening race of which is The Phoenix 2015 for two-year-olds where the Trevor Miller-trained Real Good leads the way.
Due to jump as Race 1 at 12:07pm (AEST), this year’s $100,000 Listed Bracken Ridge Tavern The Phoenix (1350m) has attracted a sizable field of 13 juveniles with Miller’s improving Real Saga gelding one of the likely favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au following a last start win at the Sunshine Coast.
Breaking his maiden status at start number four, Real Good won the Listed BJ McLachlan Stakes (1200m) first-up on May 16 with Michael Cahill in the saddle and will look to go back-to-back with the same hoop but a wide barrier 10 of 13 draw to overcome on Saturday.
Also drawn in double digits for The Phoenix this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival are Rex Lipp’s well-tried Rothesay colt In His Stride (13) coming off a seventh to Look To The Stars in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) at the track last Saturday, and last start winners Press Statement (12) and Olja (11).
The Chris Waller-trained Hinchinbrook colt Press Statement has just his second career start this weekend following a winning debut at Canterbury over 1100m on April 29, while the Brad Herne-trained local Zizou grey Olja won over 1100m at the Gold Coast on May 16.
The rails run on Saturday meanwhile belongs to the Barry Lockwood-trained maiden Aussie Jack to be ridden from gate one by one of Brisbane’s best hoops Damian Browne.
Other hopeful two-year-olds with good gates in The Phoenix include the Liam Birchley-trained Havasay (2), Sunshine Coast-based Trincanto (3) and the John O’Shea-trained visiting Street Cry colt from Sydney Handfast who comes off a second to Real Good in the BJ McLachlan.
Also in the mix and coming off a good lead-up run are the likes of Tony Gollan’s last start Ipswich winner over 1350m Stella Di Notte, fellow last-start Ipswich winner One More Magic and another promising Gold Coast-trained filly Sagaronne who won at home over 1200m at the start of the month.
The best performed two-year-olds in The Phoenix this weekend could potentially back-up Saturday week in the $600,000 Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) up over a mile.
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2015 The Phoenix Final Field & Barrier Draw
Doomben Race 1 (12:07pm) – 30/05/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||228×1||REAL GOOD||Trevor Miller||Michael Cahill||10||57kg|
|2||3325×46127||IN HIS STRIDE||Rex Lipp||Timothy Bell||13||57kg|
|3||0x216||BRING A SECRET||Nick Olive||Glyn Schofield||5||57kg|
|4||1||PRESS STATEMENT||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||12||57kg|
|5||52||HANDFAST||John O’Shea||James McDonald||4||57kg|
|6||77×31||OLJA||Brad Herne||Glen Boss||11||57kg|
|7||373||HAVASAY||Liam Birchley||Glen Colless||2||57kg|
|8||92||AUSSIE JACK||Barry Lockwood||Damian Browne||1||57kg|
|9||943||TRINCANTO (NZ)||Darryl Hansen||Kelvin Wharton||3||57kg|
|10||3014410||BANDA SPICE||Stuart Kendrick||Tommy Berry||7||55kg|
|11||36×71||STELLA DI NOTTE||Tony Gollan||Jim Byrne||6||55kg|
|12||6891||ONE MORE MAGIC||Kim Craft||Jason Taylor||8||55kg|
|13||7×1||SAGARONNE||Toby Edmonds||Blake Shinn||9||55kg|