This Saturday in Melbourne the weekend’s sole Group race takes place at Caulfield Racecourse with a field of 13 engaged for the 2015 Sir John Monash Stakes.
Set to run as Race 8 at 4:05pm (AEST) this year’s $150,000 Group 3 PFD Food Services Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) features a quality line-up of winter sprinters including the defending champion Lord Of The Sky.
Cranbourne’s Robbie Laing prepares the talented Danerich four-year-old who comes into the race after his first win since taking out the weight-for-age event 12 months ago.
Since then he’s been right up in class and was second in two Group 1 features leading into Saturday’s title defense when second to Chautauqua in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in April and then second behind Flamberge in Adelaide’s Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on May 16.
He has drawn wide in barrier 11 (of 13) this weekend but top hoop Damien Oliver has the ride.
Also drawn wide in gate 10 is the Ken Sweeney-trained Riziz who ran second three times on the trot before a disappointing 16th, of 17 runners, in The Goodwood last time out.
Before that the Zariz six-year-old was in top form back home in South Australia, form he will look to return to when racing in Melbourne for the first time since a third to Lord Of The Sky in last year’s Monash Stakes.
The other Adelaide raider in the Sir John Monash Stakes field this winter is the Lloyd Kennewell-trained Heart Of A Lion who has won four of his past five starts, most recently beating home Karacatis over 1000m at Morphettville Parks on June 20.
He carried 57kg that day with Joe Bowditch in the saddle, Bowditch retaining the ride this weekend as the galloper goes up to 58.5kg under the WFA conditions of the Monash.
Along with Lion Heart five-year-old Heart Of A Lion there are two other last start winners in the field on Saturday with the Stephen Brown-trained Sea Lord (barrier six) and Mark Kavanagh’s young filly Wild Rain (barrier four).
Linda Meech rides veteran Street Cry seven-year-old Sea Lord who comes off a 1200m Moonee Valley win from June 20 when defeating Nearest To Pin by two lengths after improving on a first-up 11th at the same track and distance earlier in the month.
Wild Rain has one of the best barriers in the race and Glen Boss is down to ride the in-form Manhattan Rain three-year-old who was last seen taking out a fillies-and-mares’ race over 1000m at the Valley on June 20 with Boss in the saddle.
Other noteworthy Monash Stakes hopes this weekend include the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Pago Rock with the rails run from barrier one and Lee & Anthony Freedman’s Commands mare Minaj who comes off a fourth to Wild Rain who she faces again this weekend.
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2015 Sir John Monash Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race 8 (4:05pm) – 04/07/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||4×42270422||LORD OF THE SKY||Robbie Laing||Damien Oliver||11||58.5kg||106|
|2||1275×12220||RIZIZ||Ken Sweeney||Craig Newitt||10||58.5kg||103|
|3||9500310×01||SEA LORD||Stephen Brown||Ms Linda Meech||6||58.5kg||94|
|4||05808×0254||PAGO ROCK||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Steven Arnold||1||58.5kg||93|
|5||410956×616||OUR NKWAZI||Shawn Mathrick||Danny Adam||2||58.5kg||90|
|6||5×46711131||HEART OF A LION||Lloyd Kennewell||Joe Bowditch||8||58.5kg||90|
|8||71x12x27x8||ANATINA||Robert Smerdon||Chris Parnham||5||56.5kg||95|
|9||11x2317x26||ANGELS BEACH||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||9||56.5kg||99|
|10||70D0x42354||MINAJ (NZ)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Ben Melham||3||56.5kg||86|
|11||x4377x1228||MISS PROMISCUITY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||13||56.5kg||87|
|12||11x6365x43||KLISHINA||David Bourne||Ms Katelyn Mallyon (a)||7||56.5kg||82|
|13||57113×6151||WILD RAIN||Mark Kavanagh||Glen Boss||4||56kg||78|