Highly rated three year old Kinglike has drawn the rails in Listed $350,000 Catanach’s Jewellers Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Wednesday.
The Peter Moody trained Kinglike is certain to start a short priced favourite going on his last start win in the Group 2 $200,000 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 12.
Kinglike was only having his third race start when he scored a one and a quarter lengths win with Glen Boss in saddle beating the Gai Waterhouse trained Raphael’s Cat who will also line up in the Blue Sapphire Stakes.
Boss was very impressed with Kinglike’s victory in the Danehill Stakes and immediately put the Exceed And Excel colt in the ‘very good horse’ category.
“He’s just a very, very good colt,” Boss said after the win.
“His first run was outstanding in a highly-rated race as a two-year-old then he came out and smashed them in his second start and Peter (Moody) put him away.”
Boss will stick with Kinglike who will settle around midfield in the eight horse race, while Raphael’s Cat will probably cross from barrier seven and set the pace again as he did in the Danehill Stakes.
Top Sydney jockey Blake Shinn rode the Waterhouse colt in the Danehill Stakes and takes the ride again in the Blue Sapphire Stakes.
The Waterhouse stable will also be represented by Dark Steel with Damien Oliver from barrier four.
John O’Shea will saddle up two runners for Godolphin, Exceed And Excel gelding Haptic and Lonhro colt Mogador.
Haptic has been placed at his starts this campaign in Sydney with a third to Japonisme in the Group 3 $125,000 Smithfield RSL Club San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on August 15 followed by a second to Counterattack in the Listed 100,000 Schweppes Heritage Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on September 19.
Dwayne Dunn takes the ride on Haptic from barrier six and Craig Williams is aboard Mogador (barrier 8) who kicked off his Spring Carnival campaign with a mid-week win in a BenchMark 75 Handicap at Warwick Farm on September 23.
Apprentice Patrick Moloney takes over from Mark Zahra on Black Vanquish (barrier 2) who was beaten four lengths first up when seventh to Kinglike in the Danehill Stakes.
The inform Lindsay Park team of David Hayes and Tom Dabernig have Keen Array and Von Maestro going around in the Blue Sapphire Stakes.
Damian Lane is sticking with the Keen Array and he should sit just behind the pace from gate five following his win at Moonee Valley in a 1200m three year old Plate on October 2.
While Michael Walker rides Von Maestro (barrier 3) who has had only one race start for a seventh in an 1100m Geelong two year old maiden on May 29.
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Blue Sapphire Stakes Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||21×1||KINGLIKE||Peter G Moody||Glen Boss||1||57kg||86|
|2||110×32||HAPTIC||John O’Shea||Dwayne Dunn||6||57kg||82|
|3||011×7||BLACK VANQUISH||Tom Hughes||Patrick Moloney (a)||2||57kg||71|
|4||40×1121||KEEN ARRAY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||5||57kg||74|
|5||17×12||RAPHAEL’S CAT||Gai Waterhouse||Blake Shinn||7||57kg||77|
|6||24x1x1||MOGADOR||John O’Shea||Craig Williams||8||57kg||72|
|7||34×10||DARK STEEL||Gai Waterhouse||Damien Oliver||4||57kg||64|
|8||7x||VON MAESTRO||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||3||55kg||59|