2016 Spring Stakes Field Features Beirut

Henry Dwyer’s in-form mare from Melbourne Beirut could have her swansong start in Saturday’s Spring Stakes 2016 field in Adelaide after being dually accepted across two states for the weekend’s racing.


Beirut will have her final career run in either the Aurie’s Star Handicap (Flemington) or Spring Stakes (Morphettville) this Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The six-year-old daughter of Lonhro is heading to the breeding barn but gets a chance to secure one final Black-Type win.

Dwyer has accepted the retiring mare for both the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) down the Flemington straight on Saturday as well as the $120,000 Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville Racecourse in South Australia.

The Caulfield-based horseman will take a closer look at both fields before making a final decision on where to run Beirut who is chasing her fifth straight win.

In the Flemington feature she will face a dozen rivals and jump from barrier five with Chris Symons on standby for the ride on the 54kg minimum in the handicap sprint that features the likes of Ramornie Handicap winner Smart Volatility and the returning Lindsay Park-trained Dibayani.

If Beirut heads interstate for her final career start in the Spring Stakes she will carrying 56.5kg at weight-for-age, but gets the same barrier 5 (of 12) draw with Jacob Rule her allocated hoop.

“The aim with her isn’t necessarily to find the race that is easiest to win, but to find the race that is easiest to run top three and get some black type,” Dwyer told AAP.

“The Aurie’s Star looks pretty thin and there’s a lot of stayers resuming.

“But the straight is probably against her as it neutralises her best asset which is her high cruising speed and her ability to kick around a bend.”

Beirut is yet to race at Morphettville and has had a testing campaign, her latest win a tough half-length victory over the 1200m at Caulfield over Nadeem Lass in mid-July.

“I was a bit worried about her being in work for a long time and starting to go over the top,” Dwyer added.

“But I sent her up to the water walker at Rockmount for ten days and since she’s come back I’ve been really happy with her.”

The other last start winners accepted into the Spring Stakes field this season are Richard Jolly’s Reaan four-year-old Karlovasi who saluted at the track on July 2 from barrier 11, which he has drawn again this weekend, and the Will Clarken-trained Cavaloce.

Six-year-old Testa Rossa mare Cavaloce is locally trained in Adelaide and comes off back-to-back victories over 1200m and 1400m respectively, the latest a 2.6 length effort at Morphettville Parks on July 23.

Heading the ratings is the Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained Daytona Grey, the Artie Schiller seven-year-old out to improve on a last start fifth at Gawler from July 16.

Clare Lindop comes aboard the grey, who is drawn barrier 10, looking to get him back in the winner’s stall after his unplaced run as the beaten favourite last time out.

Macdonald & Gluyas are also represented by Gamblin’ Guru drawn one closer to the rails in barrier nine for his first run since a disappointing 15th to Purple Smile in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) from mid-March.

Other notable Spring Stakes hopes include the Ken Sweeny-trained eight-year-old Riziz, Jolly’s other runner Karacatis and the returning Court Command mare Rocket Commander who ran third three times on the trot earlier in the winter.

See below for the full Spring Stakes 2016 field, barriers and jockeys before locking in your weekend race selections at the hottest odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au!

2016 Spring Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Morphettville Race 7 (4:08pm) – 06/08/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 80×1623515 DAYTONA GREY Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Clare Lindop 10 58.5kg 97
2 104x290x94 RIZIZ Ken Sweeney Todd Pannell 3 58.5kg 95
3 321511246x TASHBEEH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Matthew Neilson 12 58.5kg 95
4 46x030x389 CONSERVATORIUM Gary Kennewell Joe Bowditch 2 58.5kg 93
5 607x22360x GAMBLIN’ GURU Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 9 58.5kg 93
6 355×055244 KARACATIS Richard Jolly Jake Toeroek 6 58.5kg 87
7 4×38202054 SOOBOOG Darren Weir John Allen 4 58.5kg 79
8 4x423136x1 KARLOVASI Richard Jolly Paul Gatt 11 58.5kg 74
9 222×123315 IT’S NO JOKE Grant Kluske Justin Potter 1 58.5kg 71
10 856622333x ROCKET COMMANDER Wayne Francis & Glen Kent Dom Tourneur 7 56.5kg 89
11 93×8281111 BEIRUT Henry Dwyer Jacob Rule 5 56.5kg 83
12 03x4638x11 CAVALOCE Will Clarken Ms Jamie Kah 8 56.5kg 82


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