Simon Miller’s undefeated filly Whispering Brook will shoot for yet another win when she lines-up in the key support race on the WATC Derby Day card at Ascot Racecourse this weekend, the WA Sires’ Produce Stakes 2016.
The nicely-bred daughter of Hinchinbrook is one of 12 two-year-olds in the mix for Ascot Race 6 on Saturday, the $200,000 Group 3 Auto Classic BMW W.A. Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), and is drawn ideally in barrier three.
Her regular rider Peter Knuckey continues his association with her having ridden Whispering Brook to all four of her career starts and wins to date.
The last three of those have been this autumn at Ascot in black-type company, including two Group races giving her the gun form to follow into the Sires’ Produce.
Two back she took out the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) before her one and three-quarter length victory in the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) on April 2.
She overcome a wide barrier 11 of 13 draw in the Karrakatta Plate a fortnight ago, and will appreciate an easier run from a better alley on Saturday as she steps out over 1400m for the first time.
Runner-up to Whispering Brook in both the Gimcrack and Karrakatta, the Mike Santrich-trained Spangled Impact is in the mix again for Saturday looking to turn the tables.
The Demerit filly was out in gate 13 of 13 last time out and has drawn better for the Sires’ in barrier seven as she looks to return to winning form having won her two career starts over 1100m at Ascot during the spring by good margins.
The other fillies taking on the boys in the race this Perth Autumn Racing Carnival are last start winner at the track Diamond Princess, a daughter of WA’s most prolific sires Blackfriars Bonny Be Good and the Brian Kersley-trained Swift Sis who has winning form over the 1400m at Ascot from April 6.
Drawn the rails on Saturday with Perth’s premier hoop William Pike to ride is the Daniel Morton-trained Saul’s Special, the Charge Forward colt having his third career start.
He won over 1000m at the track on debut on March 12 before a brave third to Whispering Brook in the Karrakatta Plate, a run he’s looking to improve on with experience on his side.
Also in the mix is Miller’s Manhattan Rain gelding Speeding Comet who was runner-up in the Perth Stakes before a Karrakatta Plate fifth and Bronze Lightning with the outside barrier to overcome.
See below for the full WA Sires’ Produce Stakes 2016 field, barriers and jockeys.
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2016 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Ascot Race 6 (3:48pm) – 16/04/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||13||SAUL’S SPECIAL||Daniel Morton||William Pike||1||56.5kg|
|2||12×35||SPEEDING COMET||Simon A Miller||Ms Lucy Warwick||2||56.5kg|
|3||213||RISING SEA||Daniel Pearce||TBA||4||56.5kg|
|4||344||LUSAHA||David Harrison||Jordan Turner (a)||9||56.5kg|
|5||34×449||GOD I LOVE YOU||Eric Wake||TBA||5||56.5kg|
|6||539||TAKE NO PRISONERS||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||8||56.5kg|
|7||666||BRONZE LIGHTNING||Trevor Andrews||Shaun Mc Gruddy||12||56.5kg|
|8||1×111||WHISPERING BROOK||Simon A Miller||Peter Knuckey||3||54.5kg|
|9||11×22||SPANGLED IMPACT||Mike Santich||TBA||7||54.5kg|
|10||143401||DIAMOND PRINCESS||Simon Foster||Ms Jerry Noske||11||54.5kg|
|11||42×572||BONNY BE GOOD||Cliff Smith||Joseph Azzopardi||6||54.5kg|
|12||51||SWIFT SIS||Brian Kersley||Brad Parnham||10||54.5kg|