Gai Waterhouse’s last start Group 3 winning filly Thyme For Roses is the headline acceptor for Saturday’s Percy Sykes Stakes 2016, but has drawn wide in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day support act.
Due to run as Royal Randwick Race 4 at 1:20pm (AEDT) on Day 2 of ‘The Championships’, the lucrative $500,000 Group 3 IG Markets Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) field features a dozen two-year-old fillies.
Of the young hopefuls there are only two last start winners including Waterhouse’s daughter of Redoute’s Choice Thyme For Roses who won Flemington’s Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m) last start.
Posting her second win from four career starts she had nearly three lengths to spare in that March 12 lead-up in Melbourne, but has work to do in her Randwick debut on the weekend from a wide barrier 11 of 12 draw with Tim Clark replacing Ben Melham in the saddle.
Melham still as a ride in the Percy Sykes Stakes field aboard the Kris Lees-trained Twist Tops who fared much better in the barriers with gate five.
The Newcastle-based Beneteau filly has had six starts for the one win to date when taking out the Inglis Classic at Randwick in early February.
Her two subsequent runs have been in Group company when fourth to Scarlet Rain in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) and her third to Calliope in Rosehill’s Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) on March 12.
Twist Tops won a subsequent 800m Beaumont trial on March 29 and looks a big hope on the weekend with just 54kg.
Along with Thyme For Roses, Waterhouse also saddles-up Prompt Response in gate eight with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.
Runner-up to Concealer on debut in Group 3 class at Flemington last Melbourne Cup Carnival, Prompt Response’s only run since was her fourth when only two lengths off the winner in the Magic Night.
She too won a recent barrier trial defeating Desirable Miss over 900m at Rosehill on March 29.
The other last start winner in the field meanwhile is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Najmaat in a gun gate three draw.
Nicholas Hall retains the ride on the Hinchinbrook filly who won over 1100m at Caulfield on March 26 ahead of her first Sydney run this Saturday.
Hayes & Dabernig have also accepted for So Serene who is wider out in gate 10 with Damien Oliver riding the Exceed And Excel filly whose lead-up run was a fifth behind Thyme For Roses at Flemington.
Third in the same lead-up run was the Sam Pritchard-Gordon-trained Soviet Secret, whose was also runner-up to Twist Tops in the Inglis Classic and who is out to turn the tables on her recent conquerors in Saturday’s rematch to break her maiden status at her fourth career assignment.
Other notable hopes including the Ciaron Maher-trained Thoroughbred Breeders runner-up Emphatically who was also runner-up in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Fillies Preview in January and Bjorn Baker’s Geneteau coming off a third in last weekend’s Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) behind El Divino.
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2016 Percy Sykes Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Randwick Race 4 (1:20pm) – 09/04/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||1×051||THYME FOR ROSES||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||11||56kg|
|2||139x||MISSROCK||Robbie Laing||Hugh Bowman||6||55kg|
|3||40×2143||TWIST TOPS||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||5||54kg|
|4||285||SO SERENE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damien Oliver||10||54kg|
|5||2×23||SOVIET SECRET||Sam Pritchard-Gordon||Dwayne Dunn||4||54kg|
|6||03×2842||EMPHATICALLY||Ciaron Maher||Ms Michelle Payne||12||54kg|
|7||4×1||NAJMAAT||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Nicholas Hall||3||54kg|
|8||6332||SPRIGHT||Garry Frazer||Tommy Berry||1||54kg|
|9||2×4||PROMPT RESPONSE||Gai Waterhouse||Kerrin McEvoy||8||54kg|
|10||25×23||GENETEAU||Bjorn Baker||Damian Lane||9||54kg|
|11||013||GRETNA||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||2||54kg|
|12||4×64||PALOMINO||John O’Shea||James McDonald||7||54kg|