2016 Phar Lap Stakes Field Features Sacred Eye

The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Sacred Eye continues her Australian Oaks bid this weekend at Rosehill Racecourse taking on the boys in the Phar Lap Stakes 2016 on Coolmore Classic Day.

Sacred Eye

2016 Australian Oaks hope Sacred Eye runs at Rosehill on Saturday in the Phar Lap Stakes field against the colts and geldings. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Running as Rosehill Race 6 at 3:30pm (AEDT) this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Cellarbrations Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) has attracted a final field of 10 three-year-olds looking to emulate champion Winx who won the race 12 months ago.

Four of those are fillies including Sacred Eye who races second-up after her close fifth when beaten two lengths by Don’t Doubt Mamma at Flemington on February 20 in the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m).

She is yet to race in Sydney or over the 1500m, but has good form over a mile and winning form up to 2000m having defeated Caulfield Guineas runner-up Lizard Island in the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes in the Spring.

Sacred Eye tracks towards a run in the $1 million Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on April 9 during ‘The Championships’ and is at $17 through Ladbrokes.com.au in pre-field markets for the mile and a half classic.

Hong Kong-based Brett Prebble has the ride on Sacred Eye this weekend from a nice barrier three draw.

Drawn one on her inside in gate two is the Nick Olive-trained Single Gaze coming off back-to-back seconds.

The first was back in early January at the Gold Coast behind Mahuta in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas before her second to the undefeated Ghisoni, who runs in Saturday’s $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m), on February 27 in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m).

The other fillies in the Phar Lap Stakes field are the John O’Shea-trained Listed Canberra Guineas (1400m) winner from March 6 Italy with the outside barrier (10) to overcome and the undefeated Believe.

Kerrin McEvoy rides the Anthony Cummings-trained daughter of Fastnet Rock this weekend, Believe having won both of her starts including a 1500m Rosehill race on February 24 to sit as a $17 2016 Australian Oaks hope in futures betting.

Along with Italy, O’Shea and the Godolphin stable are also represented by Lonhro colt Old North coming off a Warwick Farm win over 1400m from March 2 when carrying 60.5kg.

He is looking to earn a shot at the $2 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on April 2 and pays $17 to win the Randwick classic.

Another last start winner in the mix is Cranbourne-based Hattori Hanzo, the Michael Kent-trained Sebring gelding having saluted over 1413m at Sale on February 16 and then over 1514m at Moonee Valley 10 days later.

The inside run in the race meanwhile belongs to the Luke Price-trained Spring Champion Stakes third placegetter Man Of Choice out to atone for his 11th to Le Romain in last Saturday’s Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).

Check out the full Phar Lap Stakes 2016 field, barriers and jockeys below then back your favourites across the Sydney race card on Saturday at the guaranteed best prices through Ladbrokes.com.au – home of the $500 first time depositors’ bonus with use of the code BETBONUS!

2016 Phar Lap Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Rosehill Race 6 (3:30pm) – 12/03/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1371330×70 MAN OF CHOICE Luke Price TBA 1 56.5kg 78
2 32542229×9 TATOOSH Paul Perry Christian Reith 9 56.5kg 77
3 x416211x88 TORGERSEN (NZ) Chris Waller Jason Collett 4 56.5kg 77
4 31412560×6 INTREPID WAY (NZ) Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti TBA 7 56.5kg 71
5 6x61x1 OLD NORTH John O’Shea James McDonald 5 56.5kg 71
6 49×311 HATTORI HANZO Michael Kent TBA 8 56.5kg 66
7 12217×5 SACRED EYE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Brett Prebble 3 54.5kg 86
8 32098×4022 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive TBA 2 54.5kg 83
9 9x5482x671 ITALY John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 10 54.5kg 78
10 11 BELIEVE Anthony Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 6 54.5kg 68


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