Atlantis Dream Tops 2016 Queen Of The South Stakes Field

One of four final acceptors for Darren Weir into Saturday’s Queen Of The South Stakes 2016, defending champion Atlantis Dream has work to do from a wide draw in the last on the Morphettville race card.

Atlantis Dream

Atlantis Dream is drawn wide for her title defense in the 2016 Queen Of The South Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

Bringing the action of Robert Sangster Stakes Day to a close as Morphettville Race 8 at 4:40pm (local), this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) has drawn a capacity field of 18 starters plus an emergency.

Four of the fillies and mares in the mix for the set weights plus penalties feature come from the Melbourne Cup winning stables of Victorian trainer Weir, including last year’s winner Atlantis Dream drawn in barrier 17 (into 16).

Luke Nolen has the ride on the in-form Elusive City seven-year-old who might be a veteran but is still racing well after Nicholas Hall guided her to a narrow victory in last year’s Queen Of The South Stakes.

This season she comes off three top three runs in her home state, the latest seeing her defeated under a length from barrier 12 of 12 over 1700m at Flemington on Anzac Day, similar form that led into her victory last Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival.

Weir’s other acceptors in his attempt at back-to-back wins are Hijack Hussy (10) for Damien Oliver, Felicienne in the outside alley with Brad Rawiller riding and Michelle Payne’s mount Jennio in gate nine, which will become eight if the emergency Indarra (8) fails to gain a start.

Al Maher four-year-old Felicienne won the Group 3 Matron Stakes (1600m) at Flemington two back before her fifth behind Miss Rose De Lago last start in late March at Moonee Valley in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m).

Another four-year-old, O’Reilly mare Jennio is also racing consistently this time in not having finished out of the money in her six latest runs that include a Sandown-Lakeside win over the mile on April 20.

Also drawn wide in Saturday’s clash are the likes of the Robert Smerdon-trained last start Flemington winner Every Faith (18), Chris Waller’s flying Snitzel four-year-old French Emotion (16) coming off a second in the VOBIS Gold Distaff (1400m) at Caulfield in mid-April and Metaphorical (14).

Dylan Thomas five-year-old Metaphorical is prepared by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig and has been racing well in Melbourne leading up to her first Morphettville run since her third in last May’s Group 3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m) behind The Bowler.

She was runner-up to fellow Queen Of The South Stakes hope Felicienne in the Matron Stakes before a third in the Sunline Stakes last time out.

Other notable acceptors include Tony McEvoy’s daughter of Redoute’s Choice Into The Mist (5) coming off a big 3.2 length win at the track and distance on April 16, her stablemate Loveitt (15) to be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, runner-up to Zebulon in last weekend’s Listed City Of Adelaide Stakes (1400m) Rocket Commander (11) and the Mick Price-trained Mefnooda shooting for three wins on the trot.

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2016 Queen Of The South Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Morphettville Race 8 (4:40pm) – 07/05/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1x5079x232 ATLANTIS DREAM (NZ) Darren Weir Luke Nolen 17 58.5kg 96
2 21411×0715 FELICIENNE Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 19 57kg 93
3 1x41386x00 OKAHU BAY Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 2 57kg 83
4 416765×394 NO TRICKS (NZ) Wayne Walters Stephen Baster 6 56.5kg 88
5 0x086x3425 HIJACK HUSSY Darren Weir Damien Oliver 10 56kg 88
6 0x6155x581 EVERY FAITH Robert Smerdon Glen Boss 18 56kg 86
7 198×432423 METAPHORICAL David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Matthew Neilson 14 55kg 93
8 x103438x60 LUCKY LAGO Lee & Anthony Freedman Damian Lane 3 55kg 89
9 223×111122 FRENCH EMOTION Chris Waller Craig Williams 16 55kg 86
10 x1129x7931 INTO THE MIST Tony McEvoy Jason Holder 5 55kg 86
11 225×856622 ROCKET COMMANDER Wayne Francis & Glen Kent Ms Jamie Kah 11 55kg 84
12 x901523565 MARLI MAGIC John Sadler Daniel Moor 13 55kg 80
13 F813116x11 MEFNOODA Mick Price Craig Newitt 4 55kg 80
14 x673121150 ZERPRISE JOURNEY Mick Huxtable Joe Bowditch 7 55kg 79
15 841312×671 MUY BIEN James Cummings Glyn Schofield 12 55kg 74
16 4L33126x15 FAIR AND EQUITABLE (NZ) Ken Keys Dwayne Dunn 1 55kg 73
17 57×7313331 JENNIO Darren Weir Ms Michelle Payne 9 55kg 72
18 x7x26x3313 LOVEITT Tony McEvoy Kerrin McEvoy 15 55kg 71
19e 3x221x9804 INDARRA (NZ) Robert Smerdon TBA 8 54kg 69


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