2016 Gai Waterhouse Classic Field Released

Fourteen fillies and mares have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) at Ipswich Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Brisbane Winter Carnival’s most exciting prospects.

Echo Gal has been confirmed in the 2016 Gai Waterhouse Classic field. Photo: Steve Hart

Echo Gal has been confirmed in the 2016 Gai Waterhouse Classic field. Photo: Steve Hart

Waterhouse herself is offered a great chance of success in her namesake event this year, after confirming classy mare Echo Gal in the 2016 Gai Waterhouse Classic field.

Posting four wins and a further five minors through twenty-two career starts so far, Echo Gal trialled well in the lead-up to her competitive return this time, but clearly required a run when tenth in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) first-up on May 14th.

Running a handy sixth in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) last weekend, the Stratum mare has been drawn in the ideal barrier 4 in the Gai Waterhouse Classic and has been confirmed to be partnered by Tegan Harrison.

Darren Weir has confirmed Scarlet Billows in the 2016 Gai Waterhouse Classic field, but the mare is sure to require luck in transit after being charged with carrying a race-high 59kgs from the wide and reasonably awkward barrier 12.

Winner of the Group 3 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m) most notably in spring, Scarlet Billows returned to racing this year for fifth in the Family Bakery Sprint (1100m) before placing seventh in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m).

Returning to winning form in the Vobis Gold Distaff (1400m) on April 16th, the daughter of Street Boss was unable to make anything of an impact in either in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) most recent, but will relish a return to fillies and mares’ company this weekend.

Blueberry Hill has been unable to make much of an impact through her 2016 Brisbane Winter Carnival campaign so far, but is arguably offered her best chance of atonement in the Gai Waterhouse Classic.

A standout during the 2015 edition of the Brisbane winter, Blueberry Hill won the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) and finished second in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) before placing sixth in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m).

Returning this time for sixth in the Adrenalinethoroughbreds Handicap (1050m), the Myboycharlie filly has since finished off the pace in three black type races.

Trainer Liam Birchley will launch a two-pronged attack on the race after also confirming Elusive Catch in the 2016 Gai Waterhouse Classic field.

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2016 Gai Waterhouse Classic Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 4510×57108 SCARLET BILLOWS Darren Weir John Allen 12 59kg 96
2 202x409x06 ECHO GAL Gai Waterhouse Ms Tegan Harrison 4 56.5kg 91
3 121927×730 SLOTS Grant Marshall Terry Treichel 13 56kg 90
4 x558779589 ADORABEEL (NZ) Helen Page 9 54.5kg 87
5 1×94211090 LUCKY NEWS Kristen Buchanan Ms Bridget Grylls (a) 8 54kg 84
6 4393129445 ADORABUBBLE Barry Lockwood 14 54kg 83
7 12126×6878 BLUEBERRY HILL Liam Birchley James Orman (a) 10 54kg 82
8 x211444x95 FRILL SEEKING Matthew Smith Michael Cahill 11 54kg 78
9 9x23121x15 GOLDEN MINESHAFT Paul H Duncan 2 54kg 75
10 x5350x5132 SERENADE Michael Moroney Jeff Lloyd 3 54kg 75
11 91345×0305 ELUSIVE CATCH (NZ) Liam Birchley Jim Byrne 1 54kg 74
12 1043960×37 NICKED AND COURT Matthew Dunn 6 54kg 71
13 28×3396106 RUMERON Thomas Elmes Ric McMahon 7 54kg 71
14 x5426x5052 CARTIER ROCK Gerald Ryan 5 54kg 68


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