Spring Stakes Attracts Impressive Field of Twelve

August 5, 2015

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Spring Stakes Attracts Impressive Field of Twelve

Twelve of South Australia’s leading thoroughbreds have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville, undoubtedly highlighted by the inclusion of three-time Group 1 champion Happy Trails.

Happy Trails headlines the 2015 Spring Stakes final field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Happy Trails headlines the 2015 Spring Stakes final field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Arguably the nation’s most popular racehorse currently in work, Happy Trails has been a strong and consistent performer for Paul Beshara since first appearing on course in late 2009; winning seven of his 50 career starts and finishing in the minors a further sixteen times.

Arguably finding career-best form to date through a standout 2013 Spring Carnival, the Good Journey gelding charged home to win the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) before running on for a close second behind Shamus Award in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).

Returning last spring for fifth in the Spring Stakes, Happy Trails again produced a strong campaign; running second in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and sixth in the Cox Plate before taking out the talent-rich Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on November 1st.

Having contested a competitive autumn campaign this year, Beshara is pleased with the gelding’s residual fitness and is confident of a competitive performance in the Spring Stakes.

Richie’s Vibe returned to racing in somewhat competitive form through a short autumn campaign and could very well receive the run of the race in the Spring Stakes from barrier 3.

Undoubtedly finding career-best form to date through a 2013/14 summer campaign, the Danerich gelding won the Listed MSS Security Stakes (1200m) first-up; progressing to second in the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) before beating subsequent two-time Group 1 champion Moment Of Change to the line in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m).

Leading South Australian hoop Dom Tourneur will take the ride on the gelding who will carry a median weight of 58.5kgs in the Spring Stakes.

Group 1 winner Go Indy Go was included in nominations for the 2015 Cox Plate on Tuesday and will begin her campaign in the Spring Stakes.

A standout for Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas from her maiden campaign through the 2013 autumn; Go Indy Go finished second in each of the Listed Cinderella Stakes (1050m) and Group 3 Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) first-up; taking out the Group 3 SA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) before posting a career-best result with success in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m).

Failing to beat a runner home in her Spring Carnival return last year, the Bernardini mare placed third in both the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) and Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m); returning to the paddock after placing seventh in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) last time out on November 6th.

Go Indy Go has taken huge benefit from her time away from racing and will leave from barrier 7 in the Spring Stakes.

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2015 Spring Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 561x62307x HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Simon Price 4 58.5kg 112
2 275×122209 RIZIZ Ken Sweeney Jamie Mott 12 58.5kg 102
3 170x7x555x RICHIE’S VIBE Paul Beshara Dom Tourneur 3 58.5kg 99
4 7xD04196x1 WHITLAM Danielle Wilson 9 58.5kg 99
5 173231314x DYLANSON Phillip Stokes Matthew Neilson 2 58.5kg 98
6 x16333x231 ALCOHOL Richard Jolly Paul Gatt 10 58.5kg 97
7 7×61605415 DAYTONA GREY Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 6 58.5kg 94
8 1128×92622 JUSTIFY THAT Peter Moody 5 58.5kg 94
9 311119614x STIMULATTE Gordon Richards 8 58.5kg 82
10 7933112401 RED ECLIPSE Grant Young Ms Sigrid Carr (a) 1 58.5kg 76
11 211x03737x GO INDY GO Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Clare Lindop 7 56.5kg 99
12 19x34x2x84 PINKY TUSCADERO Kerri McAnulty & Clint Binnie 11 56.5kg 69

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