Azkadellia Leads 2016 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes Field

The local Ciaron Maher-trained mare Azkadellia returns to racing in the Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes 2016 at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend in Melbourne.

Azkadellia (outside)

Azkadellia (outside) looks a big hope fresh in the 2016 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes on CF Orr Stakes Day at Caulfield this weekend. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The final event on a bumper nine race program for CF Orr Stakes Day, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) features a final field of 12 mares.

The highest-rated of the runners is Maher’s Shino King four-year-old Azkadellia who was last seen running a brave third when beaten under a length by Politeness in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.

Before that she won at Cranbourne in non-black type company and then finished second in the Group 3 Teiso Stakes (1600m) on Cox Plate Day beaten just a nose.

She is undefeated first-up with three wins from as many runs fresh, a record she is out to continue on Saturday jumping from barrier nine with Damien Oliver in the saddle.

The next highest rated hopeful carrying the number one saddlecloth is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Wawail.

Drawn a treat in barrier two with Hong Kong’s Douglas Whyte to ride, the consistent Lonhro four-year-old shoots for her sixth win at her 12th start.

She too boasts an outstanding first-up record of three wins from four starts and was last seen posting back-to-back seconds in Group 3 company during the spring.

A host of last start winning mares with an edge fitness-wise are also in the mix including the Darren Weir-trained Danehill Dancer five-year-old Tuscan Sling who took out Caulfield’s Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) on Boxing Day.

Weir has also accepted for Al Maher four-year-old Felicienne who won back-to-back races at Moonee Valley (1509m) and Flemington (1700m) respectively in December ahead of her Caulfield debut this weekend.

Also coming off a Caulfield black-type victory is the Pat Carey-trained Shakespearean Lass, the four-year-old daughter of Written Tycoon narrowly holding off Trevinder to salute at $20 in the Listed WJ Adams Stakes (1000m) on February 6.

Jumping from barrier four, the Robbie Griffiths-trained Nadeem six-year-old Nadeem Lass is second-up on the weekend after returning from a lengthy spell to finish third behind Bullpit in a 1000m handicap at Flemington on January 16.

One of the spring’s most consistent runners in the mares’ features, the Luke Oliver-trained Jessy Belle is also first-up on Saturday.

She finished third in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) and Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) consecutively before going down only two and a half lengths when seventh in the Myer Classic.

Other notable hopes are last May’s Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) fourth placegetter Miss Steele and her last start conqueror at Moonee Valley on January 23 Choose for Lee & Shannon Hope.

See below for the full Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes 2016 field, barriers, jockeys and weights then visit our preferred online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au for access to the autumn’s premier racing odds and offers!

2016 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 9 (5:30pm) – 13/02/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 13139x022x WAWAIL David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Douglas Whyte 2 58kg 98
2 271153337x JESSY BELLE Luke Oliver Chris Symons 5 57kg 92
3 13322559×3 NADEEM LASS Robbie Griffiths Matthew Allen 4 57kg 89
4 010×521141 SHAKESPEAREAN LASS Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 8 57kg 93
5 x123x13731 TUSCAN SLING Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 7 57kg 94
6 3845x344x4 MISS STEELE Michael Kent Mark Zahra 3 55kg 88
7 D5591128x1 CHOOSE Lee & Shannon Hope Blake Shinn 6 55kg 92
8 x30115250x MY SISTER LIL John Price Chris Parnham 11 55kg 82
9 120x12123x AZKADELLIA (NZ) Ciaron Maher Damien Oliver 9 55kg 100
10 x0x321411x FELICIENNE Darren Weir Harry Coffey (a) 10 55kg 80
11 062831013x AMARELA (NZ) Nigel Blackiston Luke Currie 12 55kg 76
12 33425×3413 CHIAVARI Nick Harnett Dwayne Dunn 1 55kg 71

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