Godolphin’s head trainer John O’Shea is dually represented in the Skyline Stakes 2016 field on Chipping Norton Stakes Day in Sydney this Saturday.
The first of the black-types on a nine-race Randwick card on the weekend, this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Pro-Ride Skyline Stakes (1200m) features a final field of eight two-year-old colts and geldings.
Only two in the mix have a previous win on the card with the O’Shea-trained stablemates Telperion and Souchez drawn in barriers six and eight respectively.
James McDonald has the ride on likely favourite Telperion, the Street Cry colt coming off a good one and a quarter-length win in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) at the track a fortnight ago.
The Skyline Stakes winner is exempt from ballot for the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on March 19, and Telperion currently pays $15 in futures betting at Ladbrokes.com.au to take out next month’s classic.
Souchez will have English hoop William Buick aboard on the weekend with the Lonhro colt racing first-up on the back of a good Rosehill trial when third over 900m on February 15.
His only run to date was at Rosehill on December 19 over 1100m when winning by a half-length on debut.
The rails run belongs to the James Cummings-trained Good Standing who also has top hoop Hugh Bowman booked for the ride first-up on Saturday.
A progressive son of Artie Schiller, the colt was runner-up to boom filly Yankee Rose last November over 1100m in Rosehill’s Golden Gift and enjoyed a Randwick trial win on February 19 over 1050m leading up to the Skyline Stakes.
Also coming off a smart trial win is the unraced Lee Curtis-trained Hinchinbrook colt Hayman who blitzed a 900m heat at Rosehill on February 15 by over four lengths.
He debuts in the Skyline Stakes field from barrier two with apprentice Winona Costin aboard.
Coming off a Melbourne run in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude a fortnight ago is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained son of Fastnet Rock Lionhearted out to improve on his seventh to Flying Artie.
Peter & Paul Snowden are represented by Smart Missile colt Mediterranean who won a Rosehill trial in the mud early in the month before third in a hit-out behind Hayman, who he faces again on debut this weekend.
The field is rounded out by the Team Hawkes-trained Military Machine in barrier four for jockey Tommy Berry and Vega in gate three with Brenton Avdulla aboard the Bjorn Baker-trained Lope De Vega colt.
Military Machine is a son of Mossman who was fifth at Warwick Farm in a 797m heat from February 22 won by Vega who has had five official trials going back to last September ahead of his debut in the Skyline.
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2016 Skyline Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Randwick Race 2 (1:20pm) – 27/02/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trianer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight|
|1||3×1||TELPERION||John O’Shea||James McDonald||6||55.5kg|
|2||1x||SOUCHEZ||John O’Shea||William Buick||8||55.5kg|
|3||2x||GOOD STANDING||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||1||55.5kg|
|4||7||LIONHEARTED||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Christian Reith||7||55.5kg|
|5||–||HAYMAN||Lee Curtis||Ms Winona Costin (a)||2||55.5kg|
|6||–||MEDITERRANEAN||Peter & Paul Snowden||TBA||5||55.5kg|
|7||–||MILITARY MACHINE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||4||55.5kg|
|8||–||VEGA||Bjorn Baker||Brenton Avdulla||3||55.5kg|