Thirteen Confirmed in Starlight Stakes Field

Thirteen sprinters will line up on the 1100m course at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, following the confirmation and release of the Listed Starlight Stakes final field and barrier draw today.

Shiraz has been confirmed in the Starlight Stakes final field. Photo: Steve Hart

Shiraz has been confirmed in the Starlight Stakes final field. Photo: Steve Hart

Shiraz has been transferred to the care of Kim Waugh this time in and will have his first start for the Wyong trainer this weekend, after being confirmed in the 2016 Starlight Stakes field.

Resuming this year for fourth in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m), the Zariz gelding stormed home to finish second in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) before a luckless run for tenth in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) ended his campaign.

Failing to produce much through two spring starts for Tony McEvoy, Shiraz has trialled well in the lead-up to his competitive return but has been charged with overcoming a race-high 59gs in the Starlight Stakes and the outside barrier.

Tony Gollan’s presence in Sydney has grown tenfold since he was allotted stables at Rosehill Gardens, and the leading Queensland trainer will launch a two-pronged attack in the sprint feature after confirming both Didntcostalot and Whiskey Allround in the Starlight Stakes field.

Didntcostalot was a standout for Gollan during the summer of 2015; winning four of his seven starts, including in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) most notably.

Resuming in winter for second in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m), the Danerich gelding is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from a first-up run for eleventh in the Listed Keith Noud Quality (1200m) at Eagle Farm first-up a fortnight ago.

Whiskey Allround returned to winning form in the Listed Falvelon Handicap (1200m) on February 13th, but was also returned to the paddock after failing to fire at his next two starts.

Having finished off the pace through two starts this time in, the All Bar One gelding has been charged with carrying only 54kgs in the Starlight Stakes and should receive a good run in transit from barrier 7.

Kuro has returned to racing in typically smart form this time, but is another runner that has drawn wide into the Starlight Stakes field.

Resuming for a close second in the Ranvet BM93 (1200m) on November 5th, the Denman gelding ran on well for second in the Aba Entrance Specialists BM93 (1100m) on November 19th.

Husson Eagle carries winning form into the Starlight Stakes and will leave from barrier 6, while the Kris Lees-trained Brook Road will leave from the rails draw.

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2016 Starlight Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 36x420x70x SHIRAZ Kim Waugh Brenton Avdulla 13 59kg 104
2 8x8314x654 THAT’S A GOOD IDEA Peter & Paul Snowden 8 58.5kg 103
3 113116x2x0 DIDNTCOSTALOT Tony Gollan Ms Kathy O’Hara 4 57kg 100
4 8x531039x1 HUSSON EAGLE Patrick Payne Michael Dee (a) 6 56.5kg 99
5 x50x360x22 KURO (NZ) Joseph Pride 11 55.5kg 97
6 118x3586x2 BACHMAN Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 2 54.5kg 95
7 93x27345xL BROOK ROAD Kris Lees 1 54kg 97
8 22326×4436 INZ’N’OUT Gerald Ryan James Innes Jnr (a) 10 54kg 91
9 82110×1134 SUPREME EFFORT Kim Waugh Tommy Berry 3 54kg 91
10 7x113x2x11 MR MANHATTAN Joseph Pride 9 54kg 89
11 5022190×86 WHISKEY ALLROUND Tony Gollan Glyn Schofield 7 54kg 89
12 x180x470x1 PRINCEFAMOUS (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden 5 54kg 84
13 1030×11011 NIETA John P Thompson Joshua Parr 12 54kg 81

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