James Cummings’ perennial placegetter Prized Icon will be out to break his maiden status in the opening Group race on The BMW Day card in Sydney on Saturday heading the field in The Schweppervescence 2016.
Due to run as Rosehill Race 2 at 1:20pm (AEDT), this season’s $150,000 Group 3 The Schweppervescence (1400m), also known as the TL Baillieu Handicap, features a capacity field of 14 starters plus three emergencies.
To wear the number one saddlecloth in the two-years-old clash is More Than Ready colt Prized Icon who has had four runs for a second and three thirds to date.
His latest run on March 6 was in Canberra’s Group 3 Black Opal takes (1200m) when third to Defcon, which followed his Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) second behind subsequent Golden Slipper fourth placegetter Telperion on February 12.
He steps up to 1400m for the first time on Easter Saturday, which should suit, but is drawn wide in barrier 14 into 11 if the emergencies fail to gain a start.
Cummings’ other acceptor is Fastnet Rock colt Rock And Swing who took out his debut over 1200m at Warwick Farm on March 2 narrowly with Hugh Bowman aboard, Bowman retaining the ride this weekend.
Also out wide is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Attention (15), a Blake Shinn mount out to atone for his seventh to Souchez at the track a fortnight back in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m).
Team Snowden also saddle-up last start Wyong winning Snitzel colt Reinforced (7) and Taj Mahal (11) who comes off a second at Kembla Grange ahead of his black-type debut.
Another Black Opal graduate in Sydney on Saturday is the Gary Portelli-trained Congrats colt Hutcho who ran fourth as a $21 outsider in betting.
Also well represented numbers-wise is Godolphin’s John O’Shea with three runners coming off a third on debut including Street Cry colt Wine drawn nicely in barrier three for jockey Craig Williams who was beaten just over half a length by Rock And Swing at the start of the month.
Williams replaces James McDonald aboard Wine, one of Sydney’s best hoops McDonald instead riding stablemate Achi Baba from barrier five on Saturday whose only run to date was a third to Revolving Door over 1300m at Sandown-Hillside on February 24.
O’Shea’s third runner is Obscura, another son of Street Cry, who was two lengths off the winner Let’s Dream Big over 1200m at Kembla Grange on March 7.
Other notable hopes include Crafty Cop who won at Warwick Farm on debut by nearly three lengths, Group 2 Magic Night Stakes seventh placed Hinchinbrook filly Brulee and Moqueen.
Anthony Cummings prepares Uncle Mo filly Moqueen who has her third career run on the weekend on the back of a close third to French Fern in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) at Randwick as an $18 hope on March 5.
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2016 The Schweppervescence Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 2 (1:20pm) – 26/03/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||3×323||PRIZED ICON||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||14||58kg|
|2||2×7||ATTENTION||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||15||57.5kg|
|3||1||CRAFTY COP||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||9||57.5kg|
|4||1||ROCK AND SWING||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||8||57.5kg|
|5||1||ALL IN RHYTHM||Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti||Peter Wells||16||57kg|
|6||6×4||HUTCHO||Gary Portelli||Dwayne Dunn||4||57kg|
|7||1||PRAY TO THE SKY||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||10||57kg|
|8||321||REINFORCED||Peter & Paul Snowden||Brett Prebble||7||57kg|
|9||3×2||TAJ MAHAL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Brenton Avdulla||11||57kg|
|10||3||WINE||John O’Shea||Craig Williams||3||57kg|
|11||3||ACHI BABA||John O’Shea||James McDonald||5||56.5kg|
|12||3||OBSCURA||John O’Shea||Tye Angland||17||56.5kg|
|13||43||MOQUEEN||Anthony Cummings||Damien Oliver||1||56kg|
|14||17||BRULEE||Peter Robl||Kerrin McEvoy||13||55kg|
|15e||7||CROWN HIM||Anthony Cummings||Jason Collett||2||56kg|
|16e||3||LASQUETI SPIRIT||Lee Curtis||Ms Winona Costin (a)||12||55kg|
|17e||0||NORTH SKY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||6||55kg|