Peace Force Chases Villiers Stakes 2015 Bid

Smart Sydney mare Peace Force runs in the Festival Stakes at Rosehill Gardens this weekend ahead of a possible summer campaign targeting next month’s 2015 Villiers Stakes and the Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day in January.

Peace Force

Festival Stakes hopeful Peace Force could back-up in next month’s 2015 Villiers Stakes before a January run on Magic Millions Day at the Gold Coast. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Prepared by Gerald Ryan, the six-year-old daughter of Bernardini is one of 15 hopefuls accepted for this Saturday’s $150,000 Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) where she has drawn awkwardly in barrier 14.

Getting in on 54.5kg, Peace Force shoots for her first win since the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) at Doomben in Brisbane during the winter.

She is also out to atone for her last start ninth when beaten over six lengths by Scarlet Billows at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day ion the Group 3 Maybe Mahal Stakes (1400m).

Trialling well at Warwick Farm since then with a third to Top Score over 1200m on November 19, Peace Force has winning form up to 1550m and drops three kilos on Saturday from her weight in the Maybe Mahal Stakes.

Ryan is hoping for a big run from the seven-time winner as he looks to step her up in class again on December 12 at Royal Randwick in the $250,000 Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) over the mile.

All going well and a January 9 bid at the Gold Coast Racecourse could be on the agenda for Peace Force with Magic Millions Race Day options for the mare including the $1 million Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap (1300m), the $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) or even the $1 million Group 1 Magic Millions Trophy (1800m).

“We’ll see after Saturday if she goes to the Villiers and then has a freshen-up or she might just have a freshen-up now and then go straight to the mares’ race,” Ryan told Racenet this week.

“But you could run her in the Magic Millions Cup or even the 1800 race, depending on what she does in the next month.”

Ryan also plans to take his lightly-raced Redoute’s Choice colt King’s Troop to Queensland for a shot at the $1 million Group 1 Magic Millions Sprint (1200m).

The three-year-old was last seen running second to Chris Waller’s subsequent Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) winner Japonisme in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) in mid-August.

In Saturday’s Festival Stakes meanwhile some of Peace Force’s main dangers include Waller’s 59.5kg top weight I’m Imposing who defends his title in the handicap clash after a narrow win as an $18 shot with 55.5kg 12 months ago and last start winner at the track Zanbagh.

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