Sacred Eye Heads 2016 Adrian Knox Stakes Field

The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Sacred Eye is the top-rated filly in the mix for the last on Doncaster Mile Day this Saturday heading a full field in the Adrian Knox Stakes 2016.

Sacred Eye

Sacred Eye carries top weight in the 2016 Adrian Knox Stakes at Randwick Racecourse on Saturday afternoon in Sydney. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Closing the bumper 10-race card for Day 1 of ‘The Championships’ at Royal Randwick, this year’s $200,000 Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) features a final field of 16 hopefuls.

Wearing the number one saddlecloth and giving the weight away with 59kg in the handicap clash is the Lindsay Park-raced Sacred Eye drawn a treat in barrier three with Hugh Bowman to ride.

She carries a minimum of 4.5kg more than any of her rivals, the daughter of High Chaparral chasing her first win since Caulfield’s Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) in the spring.

While yet to race at Randwick, she finished a credible fifth beaten only 2.3 lengths when up against the boys at Rosehill last start in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) and back against her own kind with the extra metres on Saturday looks a big hope.

The only other runner allocated above the 54kg minimum is Alaskan Rose (54.5kg) who has suffered an early blow drawing out in gate 14 for her hoop Blake Shinn.

Michael Moroney prepares the daughter of Encosta De Lago who also runs at Randwick for the first time, Alaskan Rose last seen finishing third to Felicienne at Flemington on March 12 in the Group 3 Matron Stakes (1600m) over the mile.

Backing up off a Group 1 run looking to improve with just a week between starts is the Kerry Parker-trained Heartlings who failed to beat home all but two runners when 12th in last weekend’s Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).

She gets the same metres this Saturday and drops two kilos from 56kg and should find Saturday’s Group 3 field easier to handle even from her wide barrier 15 of 16 draw with Tommy Berry booked for the ride.

Heartlings is still officially nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) back at Randwick on April 9 and pays $41 in pre-field markets for the mile and a half classic through Ladbrokes.com.au.

On Tuesday speaking with The Punt Parker was still weighing up whether or not to run Heartlings in the Adrian Knox Stakes before paying the final acceptance on Wednesday morning.

“I am considering it,” he said.

“I think last start on the firm track, she just got out of her ground.

“She just felt the track and I think she will benefit just getting to Randwick on a different track.

“That’s where she will work out if she does stay because she might be bred for it but last start left a few questions unanswered so to speak.”

Coming off a Wyong win in the wet from March 20, the Anthony Cummings-trained Aurora’s Star makes her black-type debut at start number six and is the other most notable Adrian Knox Stakes acceptor.

She has winning form up to 2100m and has come up trumps with a mid-field barrier eight draw for Jason Collett.

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2016 Adrian Knox Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Randwick Race 10 (5:50pm) – 02/04/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 12217×55 SACRED EYE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Hugh Bowman 3 59kg 85
2 1180×6673 ALASKAN ROSE (NZ) Michael Moroney Blake Shinn 14 54.5kg 76
3 731×1580 HEARTLINGS Kerry Parker Tommy Berry 15 54kg 71
4 0x5181 AURORA’S STAR Anthony Cummings Jason Collett 8 54kg 66
5 x6637x1227 DAISY’S JOY Peter & Paul Snowden TBA 11 54kg 64
6 3x18x3 ALITTLE LOOSE Michael Kent Mark Zahra 4 54kg 63
7 8x21x6692 SELTZER John O’Shea James McDonald 12 54kg 63
8 05×0291 RAINBOW PARK (NZ) John Sargent Damien Oliver 9 54kg 62
9 475×711671 PEGGY’S COVE Paul Perry Thomas Huet 16 54kg 61
10 74262 BULLA BABY Ron Quinton Sam Clipperton 5 54kg 59
11 0x51145 SHANAKEE (NZ) Bjorn Baker TBA 13 54kg 58
12 35×2230 DIAMOND MADE Bruce Cross Glyn Schofield 10 54kg 57
13 44×463 ZASORCERESS (NZ) Jason Warren Zac Purton 2 54kg 56
14 64×1276 SHOTGUN ROULETTE Wayne Wilkes Ms Winona Costin (a) 6 54kg 54
15 69394 CRY FOR TERRE Anthony Cummings TBA 1 54kg 52
16 37×97 KARAKA LASS John Sargent TBA 7 54kg 51

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