2017 Ajax Stakes Field Chases Doncaster Mile Run

March 8, 2017

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2017 Ajax Stakes Field Chases Doncaster Mile Run

A dozen smart gallopers face off in Saturday’s Ajax Stakes 2017 field at Rosehill Gardens with the winner of the Coolmore Classic Day clash exempt from Doncaster Mile ballot.

It's Somewhat

2017 Ajax Stakes top weight It’s Somewhat chases back-to-back wins in the Rosehill Gardens clash this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Due to run as Rosehill Race 8 at 5:00pm (AEDT) as the penultimate event on the card, the $200,000 Group 2 Hyland Race Colours Ajax Stakes (1500m) has attracted a final field of twelve hopefuls.

Heading the Ajax Stakes weights with 59kg is the rails-drawn It’s Somewhat prepared by John O’Shea for the Godolphin stable.

The now six-year-old son of Dynaformer won last year’s Ajax Stakes and defends his title first-up on the weekend carrying 1.5kg more than his winning weight twelve months ago.

The stable has also accepted for French import Floodlight, the four-year-old Medaglia D’Oro stallion making his Australian race debut in the handicap clash.

Head Sydney trainer Chris Waller has accepted for his French import Arod, the progressive Teofilo stallion drawn wide out in barrier 11 with Tye Angland retaining the ride.

Angland rode the stallion last time out on a Heavy (9) Randwick track for a second to stablemate McCreery in the Group 2 Liverpool City Cup (1300m).

Arod should appreciate the step-up in distance three runs into his autumn campaign this weekend and is currently rated a $34 chance at Ladbrokes.com.au in pre-field markets for the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 1.

The only last-start winner lining-up in the Ajax Stakes field for 2017 is the Desleigh Forster-trained Queensland Cylinder Beach.

A winner of three of his past four starts, the Showcasing four-year-old comes off back-to-back Brisbane wins.

Last start he carried 60kg to victory over 1350m at Doomben on February 25 and the notable drop back to 56kg for his Rosehill debut here should suit.

Also coming off a nice lead-up run are the likes of the Gary Portelli-trained Liverpool City Cup third placegetter Testashadow and Dibayani for Lindsay Park.

Testashadow has had eight starts at Rosehill to date for two wins, a second and a third and also won the $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) on the Gold Coast in an upset back in January.

A $26 shot in futures Doncaster Mile odds, Dibayani comes off a fourth behind champion mare Winx in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) back in mid-February and looks well-suited to the 1500m of the Ajax Stakes.

Other notable hopes in the mix include the fellow Lindsay Park-trained He’s Our Rokkii looking to return to the form that saw him win the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield in the spring and lightly-raced four-year-old No Doubt.

Check out the full Ajax Stakes 2017 field, barriers, jockeys and weights below before checking out all the Sydney racing odds and offers online at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Ajax Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Rosehill Race 8 (5:00pm) – 11/03/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1653x4313x IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea William Buick 1 59kg 108
2 3x00352x02 AROD (IRE) Chris Waller Tye Angland 11 58.5kg 107
3 11x1110x87 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 3 58.5kg 107
4 x561019x77 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Christian Reith 12 58.5kg 107
5 249×232924 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Blake Shinn 2 58kg 106
6 x1290x1211 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) Desleigh Forster Glyn Schofield 7 56kg 102
7 1x1782x163 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Sam Clipperton 10 55kg 100
8 2x145x227x SINGING (FR) Kris Lees Tim Clark 6 53.5kg 97
9 9x6781040x SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees Andrew Adkins (a) 5 53kg 91
10 110x7111x6 NEW TIPPERARY Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 8 53kg 88
11 14x120143x FLOODLIGHT (USA) John O’Shea Jay Ford 9 53kg 84
12 1182×53 NO DOUBT Anthony & Edward Cummings Daniel Moor 4 53kg 68

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