2015 Cape Grim Beef Steaks Field Features Politeness

Robert Smerdon’s last start winner at the track and distance Politeness shoots for another Group 3 Caulfield win this Saturday taking on a field of fellow mares in the Cape Grim Beef Steaks 2015.


Politeness is the headline 2015 William Hill Sprint Series Final hopeful for the last on Caulfield Guineas Day this weekend in Melbourne. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Also registered as the William Hill Sprint Series Final, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Cape Grim Beef Steaks (1200m) closes the Caulfield Guineas Day card on the weekend jumping at 6:15pm (AEST) as Race 10.

There are 11 older mares in the field including Smerdon’s five-year-old daughter of Street Sense who returned to form first-up on September 19 with her win in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) from barrier 13 of 14.

Mark Zahra retains the ride this weekend on Politeness who is again drawn wide with gate 10 of 11 to overcome.

The only other last start winning mare in the mix is then the Nigel Blackiston-trained Exclusive Lass who Kerrin McEvoy rides from gate nine on 55kg under the set weights plus penalties conditions of the sprint showdown.

An in-form four-year-old daughter of Nicconi, Exclusive Lass has run top three in all three of her runs this time in including a 1200m win at Moonee Valley by an impressive three lengths on September 25 in a mares-only Benchmark 70.

The highest-rated mare in the field is the Michael Moroney-trained In Style, a Kiwi expat having her first start down under with New Zealand hoop Opie Bosson over for the ride on the six-year-old daughter of Fast ‘N’ Famous.

A winner of three straight last spring – summer campaign including the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie back in January, In Style has had just the one run since when 10th in the Group 1 Telegraph Stakes (1200m) and returns to racing in her Australian debut on Saturday.

Also first-up in the Cape Grim Beef Steaks field this spring are Peter Moody’s rails-drawn Bring Me The Maid and Ygritte in gate five for Darren Weir.

Glen Boss has the ride on Sebring four-year-old Bring Me The Maid who hasn’t raced since a seventh to Hazard in Brisbane’s Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) back in early June.

It has been a long time between drinks for her too with her last win being in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) back in August last year.

Snitzel mare Ygritte is another returning four-year-old, the Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) winner from April out to atone for a last start 13th to Loved Up in the Scone Inglis Guineas back in mid-May.

Other notable mares in the mix include the Michael Kent-trained Danestroem who has a solid record at this track and distance (5-2-1-0) and Catch That Cat who is back up to her pet distance (4-2-1-1).

See below for the full William Hill Sprint Series Final 2015 field, barriers and jockeys before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to check out the full markets on the entire Caulfield card on Saturday for Best Tote or SP + 20% on your winnings for every race!

2015 Cape Grim Beef Steaks Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 10 (6:15pm) – 10/10/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 15x371110x IN STYLE (NZ) Michael Moroney Opie Bosson 3 59kg 103
2 8740x2497x BRING ME THE MAID Peter G Moody Glen Boss 1 58kg 100
3 11x13139x0 WAWAIL David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 2 58kg 94
4 x3x16000x1 POLITENESS Robert Smerdon Mark Zahra 10 57kg 102
5 305x63130x YGRITTE Darren Weir Craig Williams 5 56kg 82
6 2532x40x52 DANESTROEM Michael Kent Chris Parnham 4 55kg 81
7 544154×600 SOOSA RAMA Colin Little Patrick Moloney (a) 8 55kg 76
8 526x7574x0 TAHNI DANCER Clinton McDonald Dwayne Dunn 6 55kg 75
9 5315x11x35 CATCH THAT CAT Gwenda Johnstone Luke Currie 7 55kg 79
10 1x1330x37 MATILIJA Lee & Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 11 55kg 76
11 2128×321 EXCLUSIVE LASS Nigel Blackiston Kerrin McEvoy 9 55kg 68


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