Fourteen classy sprinters have been confirmed to line up for Saturday’s Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) at Flemington Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the country’s standout short course specialists.
Moment Of Change clearly needed the run when beating only one runner home in the Listed Village Stakes (1200m) first-up on October 14th but is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from the run ahead of the 2015 Salinger Stakes.
Posting seven wins and a further eleven minors through an impressive 29 start career, Moment Of Change undoubtedly found career-best form to date through the 2014 Autumn Carnival; running second in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) before taking out each of the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) in succession.
Returning for a solitary run for third in the Listed WJ Adams Stakes (1000m) in January, Moment Of Change will leave from barrier 9 with Daniel Stackhouse aboard in the Salinger Stakes.
Peter and Paul Snowden will launch a strong multi-option bid on the 2015 Salinger Stakes after confirming Dothraki and Hot Snitzel in the final field.
Dothraki returned to racing this year of eighth in the Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) on May 16th before taking out Group 3 Tattersall’s Stakes (1200m) on June 20th.
Having returned to the paddock after placing fifth in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) in early July, the Mossman gelding returned this time for an impressive win in the Listed Lightning (1100m) on October 17th and appears primed for another big performance from barrier 8.
Hot Snitzel will require some luck in running from barrier 14 in the Salinger Stakes but undoubtedly has the class to figure in the finish of the Group 2 sprint.
Capping his final preparation for Gerald Ryan third in the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) on March 28th, Hot Snitzel produced a career-best performance to date to take out the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) on May 9th before placing an impressive fifth in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m).
Having run fourth in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) before failing to fire in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) most recently, the Snitzel gelding is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from four weeks between races.
Generalife and Knoydart were standouts for Godolphin through the recent Brisbane Winter Carnival and will be tough to stop come Saturday after being allocated barriers 1 and 5 respectively.
Returning to racing this year for success in the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m), Generalife progressed to a credible fifth in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) before placing third in each of the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and Stradbroke Handicap.
Running on for fourth in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) on the Gold Coast on April 25th, Knoydart progressed to second in the BTC Cup before boxing on for third in the Doomben 10,000.
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2015 Salinger Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x20856x3x0||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody||Daniel Stackhouse||9||59kg||109|
|2||9x70315x48||HOT SNITZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Steven Arnold||14||58kg||107|
|3||1223x815x1||DOTHRAKI||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||8||57.5kg||106|
|4||324x1533x6||GENERALIFE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||1||57.5kg||106|
|5||x2123x5232||UNDER THE LOUVRE||Robert Smerdon||Brenton Avdulla||2||57kg||105|
|6||x207139x62||DELECTATION||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3||56.5kg||104|
|7||2x047000x5||FONTELINA||Tony Gollan||Damien Oliver||12||56.5kg||104|
|8||0x464240x3||KNOYDART||John O’Shea||Opie Bosson||5||56.5kg||104|
|9||1x2215x531||ECLAIR CHOICE||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||13||55kg||101|
|10||x3041x2115||CHURCHILL DANCER||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||11||54.5kg||100|
|11||x32813x837||KURO (NZ)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Craig Williams||6||54.5kg||100|
|12||740x2497x3||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody||Dwayne Dunn||4||53kg||100|
|13||3247×21256||COUNTRYMAN||Anthony Cummings||Chris Parnham||10||53kg||91|
|14||71x122x013||KAEPERNICK||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||7||53kg||91|