Calliope Heads 2016 Silver Shadow Stakes Field

John O’Shea’s returning Golden Slipper failure Calliope will be out to atone when she races first-up in the Silver Shadow Stakes 2016 field at Randwick Racecourse on the weekend.


Calliope returns to racing as a three-year-old in the 2016 Silver Shadow Stakes in Sydney on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Set to run as Randwick Race 5 at 2:20pm (AEST) as part of the Warwick Stakes Day action, this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Alpha Flight Services Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) field features 11 promising three-year-old fillies.

Drawn in barrier seven and carrying the 57kg top weight in the set weights plus penalties clash is the Godolphin-raced Calliope in her first run since her 12th to Capitalist in the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill in March.

Before that the daughter of Exceed And Excel won two of her three early career runs with a Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) victory at Randwick on debut last October and more recently a Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) victory in the autumn over Omei Sword.

The Chris Waller-trained Magic Night Stakes runner-up Omei Sword is also accepted for a rematch in this weekend’s Silver Slipper Stakes.

Running from barrier five with Brenton Avdulla booked for the ride, High Chaparral filly Omei Sword also finished out of the money in a Group 1 last start when ninth to Yankee Rose in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on April 2.

She runs well fresh, hit the line well in a trial earlier this week at Rosehill and is sure to make an impression first-up before being tested over further distance later this season.

The rails run from barrier one in the Silver Shadow this year belongs to the Gary Nickson-trained Rather Sweet who Tye Angland rides in the Group 2.

The Mutawaajid filly saluted over 1100m at Gosford as the odds-on favourite on August 11 and steps up in class second-up here dropping from 59kg to 55kg.

She has raced in a Group 2 line-up once before when fourth to Astern in February’s Silver Slipper Stakes and could impress from the nice alley.

Also drawn well for Saturday is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Quick Feet (barrier three), the nicely-bred daughter of Northern Meteor out to improve on a last start fifth to Thronum in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m).

The Rosebud was run on a Heavy (10) a fortnight back, Quick Feet beaten 3.4 lengths in her first run since a ninth in the Golden Slipper as a $101 shot in the autumn.

Thronum’s trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott also have a nice runner in the Silver Shadow Stakes in Thyme For Roses (barrier eight).

The daughter of Redoute’s Choice won the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders (1200m) at Flemington in March before a last start fifth to Missrock at Randwick in April’s Group 3 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m), the filly coming off a Randwick win from August 9.

Also in the mix is Michael Costa’s daughter of Hinchinbrook Manaya who won the Listed Woodlands Stakes (1100m) at Scone on debut in mid-May, Saturday her first run since.

Check out the full Silver Shadow Stakes 2016 field, barriers and jockeys below before checking out the weekend’s full racing markets online at

2015 Silver Shadow Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Randwick Race 5 (2:20pm) – 20/08/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1x510x CALLIOPE John O’Shea James McDonald 7 57kg 82
2 11196x ZELADY’S NIGHT OUT Tony Gollan Tommy Berry 9 56kg 81
3 1x0515x THYME FOR ROSES Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 8 56kg 78
4 1x MANAYA Michael Costa Glyn Schofield 6 55kg 75
5 129x OMEI SWORD Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5 55kg 75
6 1x729x5 QUICK FEET Peter & Paul Snowden TBA 3 55kg 75
7 8×1 BACARELLA Gary Moore Tim Clark 11 55kg 66
8 025x2444x1 RATHER SWEET Gary Nickson Tye Angland 1 55kg 65
9 12×47 CUDABEEN Tracey Bartley Christian Reith 10 55kg 63
10 6x0x14 ALLUVION Scott Singleton TBA 2 55kg 62
11 24x28x4233 ZAFINA Gary Portelli TBA 4 55kg


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