Acceptances for Saturday’s Ipswich Cup Day races may have only closed on Wednesday morning but already there is a scratching from the 2015 Gai Waterhouse Classic field with top weight I’ve Got The Looks withdrawn from the sprint.
Bringing the Ipswich race card to a close as Race 8 at 4:32pm (AEST) on the weekend at the latest Queensland Winter Racing Carnival meeting, this year’s $100,000 Listed Sky Racing Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) originally attracted 15 fillies and mares.
Peter & Paul Snowden however have already taken out the 59kg top weight I’ve Got The Looks, the Choisir five-year-old having also drawn the outside alley (15) hampering her chances of atoning for a last start eighth at Doomben behind Peace Force in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) from May 23.
The new top weight with 55kg is then the Kelso Wood-trained Real Surreal drawn a treat in barrier three for jockey Michael Cahill who takes over from Glen Boss in the saddle of the Real Saga four-year-old.
Real Surreal is second-up on Saturday having resumed on May 30 at Doomben with a fourth behind Dublin Lass in the Listed Bright Shadow Handicap (1200m) carrying 58kg from a nasty barrier 13 (of 16) draw.
Following in the Gai Waterhouse Classic weights is the only other galloper with more than the 54kg minimum, the John Dann-trained Tukiyo drawn in the new outside alley (14) carrying 54.5kg.
The Toowoomba-based Haradasun five-year-old has run third in two of her past three runs, the latest of which was in the Glenlogan Park Stakes when beaten under a length carrying two kilos extra to her allocated weight this weekend.
Also coming off last start placings are the Matthew Dunn-trained Write Cheek who won over 1350m at Doomben two back before a second in a fillies and mares handicap over 1400m on May 16, Toowoomba-based Murtajill four-year-old Grey Countess coming off a second at the Gold Coast when nosed out of a win on May 30 and Rex Lipp’s last start runner-up at Ipswich A Fine Drop Of Red.
A five-year-old daughter of Red Dazzler, A Fine Drop Of Red has a top record at the Ipswich track she returns to on Saturday boasting two wins and a second from her four previous runs at the course.
The season’s premier trainer Chris Waller also has a Gai Waterhouse Classic runner this winter in Champagne Cath jumping from barrier nine, the Street Sense four-year-old out to improve on a Bright Shadow sixth last start.
Other notable names in the field include the Kelly Doughty-trained Little Brown Horse drawn well in gate four who won at the Sunshine Coast two back defeating Write Cheek, Show A Heart four-year-old Discreet from the Kelly Schweida stables who has the inside alley with barrier one and the Clarry Conners-trained Sydney raider Fare Well who is second-up on the back of a fifth in the Bright Shadow Handicap in Brisbane.
See below for the full Gai Waterhouse Classic 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.
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2015 Gai Waterhouse Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw
Ipswich Race 8 (4:32pm) – 13/06/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||131550×118||I’VE GOT THE LOOKS||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||15||59kg||100|
|2||1x428x70x4||REAL SURREAL||Kelso Wood||Michael Cahill||3||55kg||92|
|4||090x230x46||CHAMPAGNE CATH||Chris Waller||TBA||9||54kg||90|
|5||5533548410||LITTLE BROWN HORSE||Kelly Doughty||Geoffrey Goold (a)||4||54kg||89|
|6||x455009x47||DISCREET||Kelly Schweida||Luke Tarrant (a)||1||54kg||88|
|7||5×01601046||REFER||Heath Conners||Tegan Harrison||10||54kg||85|
|8||20724405×5||FARE WELL||Clarry Conners||Jim Byrne||7||54kg||83|
|9||2535x31x00||SATURN ROCK||Tony Crane||Robbie Fradd||11||54kg||83|
|10||12×8239512||WRITE CHEEK||Matthew Dunn||Jeff Lloyd||12||54kg||83|
|11||x882804762||GREY COUNTESS||Rochelle Smith||Ryan Wiggins||8||54kg||78|
|12||6111106×76||SISTER EMMA||Matthew Dunn||Timothy Bell||2||54kg||77|
|13||491×338639||SLOTS||Grant Marshall||Glen Colless||6||54kg||77|
|14||336x119x05||MYWAYORTHEHIGHWAY (NZ)||Mick Mair||Daniel Griffin||13||54kg||73|
|15||23867×6962||A FINE DROP OF RED||Rex Lipp||TBA||5||54kg||67|