Festival Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

Thirteen runners have been confirmed in a talent-rich field of fifteen for Saturday’s featured Group 3 Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

Rageese has been confirmed in the 2016 Festival Stakes field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Rageese has been confirmed in the 2016 Festival Stakes field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Rageese was unlucky to be scratched from the field of the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) in Perth a fortnight ago, but has been confirmed for his fifth run this time in in the 2016 Festival Stakes field.

Failing to produce much for Team Hawkes in the early stages of 2016, Rageese immediately responded upon being transferred to the care of Darren Weir; taking out his next two starts including the Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m).

Placing fifth in the Mypunter.com Handicap (1100m) first-up this time, the Street Cry entire progressed to fourth in the Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m) and second in the Mitchelton Wines BM90 (1500m), before returning to winning form in the Group 3 L’oreal Paris Stakes (1400m) last time out on November 3rd.

Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller has dominated the 2016 Festival Stakes field in confirming a total of three runners, including Amovatio, Religify and Marenostro.

Securing nine wins and a further fifteen minors through his forty career starts so far, Amovatio returned from a freshen-up earlier this year for success in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) on April 30th.

Progressing to second in the Listed Scone Cup (1600m), the Al Maher gelding could only finish eighth in the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1615m) upon arriving in Brisbane, but ended his campaign third in the Listed Wayne Wilson Mile (1600m) and second in the Listed Spear Chief Quality (1500m).

Resuming this time for sixth in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m), Amovatio was last seen running on for fourth in the L’oreal Paris Stakes.

Arguably Waller’s best chance of success in the feature race, Religify is yet to finish outside the first three through four starts this time, and will jump from the ideal barrier 7 with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.

Resuming for third in the October Handicap (1400m) on October 8th, Religify finished second in each of the Filante Handicap (1400m) and Ashbury Handicap (1550m), before returning to winning form in the November Handicap (1500m) last time out on November 19th.

Marenostro returned to the paddock after he finished second to McCreery in the Listed Rowley Mile (1600m) on August 18th, and is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from his first-up run for seventh in the November Handicap.

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2016 Festival Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 3512832×64 AMOVATIO Chris Waller Tommy Berry 5 59kg 105
2 007×839019 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith Jay Ford 8 58.5kg 104
3 x07113x568 NINTH LEGION Peter Robl James Doyle 4 58kg 103
4 x05052x613 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Joshua Parr 2 58kg 103
5 00110×5421 RAGEESE Darren Weir Dean Yendall 12 57.5kg 102
6 22126×3221 RELIGIFY Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 7 57.5kg 102
7 11694132×7 MARENOSTRO (NZ) Chris Waller Tye Angland 11 56.5kg 100
8 2x501223x4 PAJARO (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden 6 56.5kg 100
9 150x400x91 HAZZABEEL (NZ) Ciaron Maher Michael Dee (a) 1 54.5kg 96
10 6x981137x9 FOREIGN PRINCE (NZ) David Payne 10 54kg 94
11 0x08522x55 BERRY DELICIOUS Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 14 54kg 91
12 x1x2312143 EXTENSIBLE Peter & Paul Snowden 3 54kg 90
13 31239×5122 SWEET REDEMPTION Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brenton Avdulla 9 54kg 87

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