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Peter Robl’s last start Eye Liner Stakes winner Ninth Legion leads Sydney’s Civic Stakes 2016 field on Saturday but is a dual acceptor across two states on the weekend.
A six-year-old son of Fastnet Rock, Ninth Legion is in the final fields for both the $100,000 Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) at Rosehill Gardens as well as Queensland’s $175,000 Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
He won in the Sunshine State last start on June 18 taking out the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich carrying 59kg with Damian Browne aboard.
If he stays in Queensland for the Glasshouse Handicap Browne will retain the ride from barrier 11 of 12 on 58.5kg.
The other option is to return home for a shot at the Civic Stakes where he would cart the 59kg top weight from gate nine of nine with Sam Clipperton in the saddle.
Following Ninth Legion in the Civic Stakes weights this Sydney Winter Racing Carnival is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Snippets Land (58kg).
Drawn in gate two for jockey Blake Shinn, the consistent Snippetson five-year-old won the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) over the distance in Brisbane two back.
His latest run was at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Day when defeated under three lengths in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) for a fifth behind Spill The Beans.
Snippets Land has had five previous runs at Rosehill Gardens without a top three run and goes up a notable three kilos for Saturday on his QTC Cup weight of 55kg.
Also stakes performed last time out leading up to the Civic Stakes this season is Kim Waugh’s Dylan Thomas five-year-old Oxford Poet.
The Wyong-trained gelding was runner-up behind speedster That’s A Good Idea over 1100m at Randwick in late May before his third to Danish Twist at the same track in the Listed June Stakes (1100m) three weeks ago.
He drops to 54kg getting in on the minimum on Saturday and has a gun record over the increased distance of two wins, three seconds and two thirds from eight starts.
Oxford Poet is also something of a Rosehill specialist with two wins and a third from four previous runs at the track he returns to on the weekend for the first time since February last year.
Office Bearer is another notable Civic Stakes acceptor who is on a quick seven day back-up following a close fourth to Mount Nebo in Randwick’s Winter Dash (1200m) last Saturday.
Other notable Civic Stakes hopes include the Chris Waller-trained Marenostro who has a strong two-from-three record over the track / distance and who drops from 60kg last start to 55.5kg; returning Group 3 winning mare Vergara in her first and only start for Gerald Ryan before retirement; and Winter Dash fifth placed Choisir five-year-old Wouldnt It Be Nice for Newcastle’s Paul Perry.
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2016 Civic Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 7 (3:05pm) – 02/07/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||460460×071||NINTH LEGION||Peter Robl||Sam Clipperton||9||59kg||102|
|2||x081724215||SNIPPETS LAND||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||2||58kg||100|
|3||x12236x116||MARENOSTRO (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||8||55.5kg||95|
|4||60x449146x||VERGARA||Gerald Ryan||Jason Collett||5||55kg||98|
|5||8x3276x644||OFFICE BEARER||Jason Coyle||Ms Kathy O’Hara||3||54kg||90|
|6||87300×9645||WOULDNT IT BE NICE||Paul Perry||Rory Hutchings||4||54kg||90|
|7||62312x4x23||OXFORD POET||Kim Waugh||Brenton Avdulla||6||54kg||89|
|8||x213x37374||BETTER NOT BLUE||Michelle Ritchie||Taylor Marshall (a)||7||54kg||78|
|9||x2153606x4||MURVATE||Gordon Yorke||Tim Clark||1||54kg||71|
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