Cosmic Endeavour Heads 2015 Cockram Stakes Field

A quality field of older mares in the Cockram Stakes 2015 at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend in Melbourne is headlined by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Cosmic Endeavour who returns to racing on Saturday.

Cosmic Endeavour

Cosmic Endeavour is the headline accepted mare in the 2015 Cockram Stakes field in Melbourne this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Avoiding a clash with a host of Group 1 stars including Boban and Temple Of Boom in the season’s opening Group 1, instead of the Memsie Stakes on Saturday Waterhouse runs her Northern Meteor mare Cosmic Endeavour in the $150,000 Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m).

Run this year as the William Hill Sprint Series Heat 1 Stakes at 4:05pm (AEST) jumping as Caulfield Race 7 on the Memsie Stakes Day card, the Cockram Stakes is the first assignment of the spring for Cosmic Endeavour who hasn’t won since her Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) success at Randwick in early March.

Her last start produced a fifth to stablemate Amanpour in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) on April 11, and Saturday is her first run in Melbourne since October of 2013.

Cosmic Endeavour is drawn in barrier nine in the full 16 starter field that also features an emergency runner in Leon & Troy Corstens’ last start winner at the track Vezalay.

Other notable Cockram Stakes hopes along with Cosmic Endeavour who kick off their spring campaigns in the set weights plus penalties clash include the Darren Weir-trained May’s Dream and Hazard for Lee & Anthony Freedman.

Winner of last year’s Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide, New Approach mare May’s Dream was disappointing first-up at Sandown-Hillside when 11th to Smackdown over 1200m, an effort she’s out to improve on her.

Hazard will be looking to build on a strong first-up record (7-3-1-1) when Ben Melham rides the daughter of Flying Spur from her awkward barrier (17), the six-year-old boasting three previous wins at Caulfield.

Her winter campaign was a strong one and was headlined by a victory over Catkins in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) at Doomben in June before her seventh to Srikandi in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) last time out at the Gold Coast.

For those boasting a lead-up run this time in and the fitness edge some of the best Cockram Stakes hopes include the Luke Oliver-trained Jessy Belle shooting for her third win on the trot who comes off a 1400m win at Flemington on Finals Day, four-year-old More Radiant for Mick Price and Jason Warren’s six-year-old daughter of Dubleo Double Dee who won at Sandown at the start of the month.

See below for the full Cockram Stakes 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2015 Cockram Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 7 (4:05pm) – 29/08/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 11x421005x COSMIC ENDEAVOUR Gai Waterhouse Kerrin McEvoy 9 59kg 111
2 31x7348x0x MAY’S DREAM Darren Weir Damian Lane 13 59kg 101
3 50x171117x HAZARD Lee & Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 17 58kg 101
4 180x4132x9 GRIANTE David Brideoake Steven Arnold 14 57kg 101
5 524×200060 ESTONIAN PRINCESS Mark Young Dean Yendall 3 57kg 92
6 1226x7820x GIRL GUIDE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 8 57kg 96
7 387091400x VIBRANT ROUGE Anthony Sexton Luke Currie 4 57kg 90
8 7x2111x14x MADAM GANGSTER Lee & Shannon Hope Blake Shinn 15 57kg 93
9 16x811621x LOVED UP Brett Cavanough Richard Bensley 10 55kg 87
10 650×342711 JESSY BELLE Luke Oliver Vlad Duric 6 55kg 90
11 3313322559 NADEEM LASS Robbie Griffiths Craig Newitt 1 55kg 89
12 x14125277x SCARLET BILLOWS Darren Weir Ms Michelle Payne 16 55kg 86
13 323x1310x2 MORE RADIANT Mick Price Michael Dee (a) 5 55kg 78
14 700x2348x1 DOUBLE DEE Jason Warren TBA 12 55kg 81
15 8x544154x6 SOOSA RAMA Colin Little Patrick Moloney (a) 2 55kg 79
16 5x8x11650x PETITE DIABLESSE Greg Eurell Michael Walker 7 55kg 78
17e 1x2538x1 VEZALAY Leon & Troy Corstens Michael Rodd 11 55kg 81


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