Gai Waterhouse’s super consistent filly Kimberley Star is the headline final acceptor for the Ming Dynasty Quality 2015 at Royal Randwick this Saturday in Sydney.
Due to jump at 1:50pm (AEST) as Race 3 on Chelmsford Stakes Day, this season’s $125,000 Group 3 JB Cummings AM Tribute Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) has attracted nine three-year-olds.
To wear the number one saddlecloth from a good gate four draw with top hoop Blake Shinn in the saddle is Waterhouse’s in-form daughter of Star Witness Kimberley Star.
A winner of three on the trot this time in, she was last seen running second to stablemate Speak Fondly, who runs in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) at Saturday’s meeting, in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at the track on August 22.
She gets the two weeks between runs and looks on track to bounce back and post her first black-type win on the weekend.
Also coming off a nice lead-up run is the Gary Nickson-trained Voilier in barrier seven with Tye Angland booked for the ride.
The Beneteau colt has run second at the track in his two most recent runs, firstly behind Sebring Sun in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) and then to Shards in the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) a fortnight back.
Another Up & Coming Stakes graduate backing up on Saturday is the Paul Perry-trained Tatoosh who ran a good fourth beaten under two lengths on the back of a fifth in The Rosebud the start before.
Also running top two last start were the Chris Waller-trained Northern Meteor colt Metallic Crown (barrier five) and Peter & Paul Snowden’s lightly raced filly Tap This (barrier two).
Metallic Crown broke his maiden status only last Wednesday at a midweek meeting at Warwick Farm, the up-and-comer thriving on a mud track to win over 1300m by an impressive three lengths ahead of his first stakes assignment on Saturday.
Tap This has had just the three starts to date, the grey’s latest effort being a second to Raphael’s Cat over 1200m at Canterbury first-up on August 19 that she’s tipped to improve on when up in distance on Saturday.
Up & Coming Stakes fifth placed Canny Lad gelding Cannyescent, Postponed three-year-old Intrepid Way, the Bjorn Baker-trained son of Savabeel Gold Ambition and Gerald Ryan’s Fastnet Rock colt Land’s End who ran sixth in the Up & Coming round out the Ming Dynasty Quality field.
Check out the full Ming Dynasty Quality 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and weights below.
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2015 Ming Dynasty Quality Final Field & Barrier Draw
Randwick Race 3 (1:50pm) – 05/09/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||32×431112||KIMBERLEY STAR||Gai Waterhouse||Blake Shinn||4||58kg||84|
|2||1x25x422||VOILIER||Gary Nickson||Tye Angland||7||58kg||80|
|3||314125||INTREPID WAY (NZ)||Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti||Tommy Berry||9||54kg||71|
|4||321||METALLIC CROWN||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||5||54kg||69|
|5||31×6||GOLD AMBITION (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||Christian Reith||1||54kg||67|
|6||156||LAND’S END||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||8||54kg||66|
|7||5×113254||TATOOSH||Paul Perry||Kerrin McEvoy||3||54kg||66|
|8||13×2||TAP THIS||Peter & Paul Snowden||TBA||2||54kg||64|
|9||15||CANNYESCENT||Gabrielle Englebrecht||Ms Kathy O’Hara||6||54kg||63|