Twelve talented three-year-olds have been confirmed in the 2015 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) final field; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting racing prospects.
Exosphere is yet to taste anything but success through the 2015 Spring Carnival and will be hard very to beat in the Coolmore Stud Stakes after drawing barrier 2 and confirmed to be partnered by lead Godolphin hoop James McDonald.
Posting five impressive wins through only seven competitive starts so far, Exosphere returned to racing this year for consecutive race wins in the Valentines Day Maiden Plate (1000m) and Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m), but failed to fire in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) and was returned to the paddock.
Beating a handy field to the line in the Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m) first-up this time, the Lonhro colt confirmed himself as a valuable stallion prospect when charging home to take out the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) on September 12th.
Having since won the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) with complete ease, Exosphere will relish another race amongst his own age group and is a resounding favourite with bookmakers to post a second win at the highest level on Saturday.
Trainer John O’Shea has also confirmed Mogador in the 2015 Coolmore Stud Stakes field, who will be partnered by Craig Williams and leave from barrier 7.
Chris Waller has saddled the two most recent winners of the Coolmore Stud Stakes in Zoustar (2013) and Brazen Beau (2014), and is offered two good chances of success in 2015 after confirming Counterattack and Japonisme in the final field.
Counterattack laid a great account for himself through the recent Brisbane Winter Carnival without setting the industry on fire; returning to the paddock after placing fourth in each of the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) and Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) and seventh in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) most notably.
Returning his time for success in the Listed Heritage Stakes (1100m) on September 19th, the Exceed And Excel colt placed fifth in the Roman Consul Stakes before returning to winning form in the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m) on October 17th.
Blake Shinn has been confirmed to take the ride on Counterattack, who will leave from barrier 11 in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.
Japonisme has posted an impressive four wins and three minors through nine career starts so far and appears to have found form at the right time for a big run in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.
Winning three-consecutive minors through June and July, the Choisir gelding made a perfect transition to black type company when taking out the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m), but returned for a brief freshen-up after fading for fourth in the Run To The Rose.
Having run on for third in the Roman Consul Stakes, Japonisme arguably figures as Waller’s best chance of a three-peat on Saturday.
Singapore raider Super One was disappointing when second in the Apache Cat Classic (1000m) in his Australian debut on October 11th, but should relish the straight track at Flemington on Saturday.
Taking out a pair of sprint races on debut through April and May, Super One raised the possibility of a trip to Australia for the Coolmore Stud Stakes when victorious in the Group 2 Golden Horseshoe (1200m) on May 15th, and repeated the dose in the Group 3 Juvenile Championship (1200m) on July 26th.
Leading hoop Hugh Bowman will take the ride on the I Am Invincible colt, who will leave from barrier 10.
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2015 Coolmore Stud Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||7x110x111||EXOSPHERE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||2||56.5kg||110|
|2||147×2393||READY FOR VICTORY||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||4||56.5kg||86|
|3||111x1x2||SUPER ONE||Michael Freedman||Hugh Bowman||10||56.5kg||95|
|4||40×11211||KEEN ARRAY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||5||56.5kg||86|
|5||325×111143||JAPONISME||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||3||56.5kg||86|
|6||2x1447x151||COUNTERATTACK||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||11||56.5kg||89|
|7||2x131x430||DAL CIELO (NZ)||Murray Baker||Opie Bosson||12||56.5kg||77|
|8||2x355x1133||SEBRING SUN||Gary Portelli||Brenton Avdulla||9||56.5kg||82|
|9||011×76||BLACK VANQUISH||Tom Hughes||Patrick Moloney (a)||8||56.5kg||71|
|10||24x1x12||MOGADOR||John O’Shea||Craig Williams||7||56.5kg||78|
|12||317×750||RAGAZZO DEL CORSA||Danny O’Brien||Ben Melham||1||56.5kg||66|