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.
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|
|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|
|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|