Amelie’s Star Heads 2017 Queen Of The South Stakes Field

Darren Weir’s consistent mare Amelie’s Star returns to Morphettville Racecourse on Robert Sangster Stakes Day this weekend chasing a win in the Queen Of The South Stakes 2017 field.

Amelie's Star

Amelie’s Star is one of four Darren Weir-trained mares in the 2017 Queen Of The South Stakes field at Morphettville on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Set to run as Morphettville Race 5 on Saturday, this season’s $275,000 Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) field has attracted a field of 14 fillies and mares.

Heading the line-up as the highest-rated of the runners is Amelie’s Star who also has a wide barrier 13 draw to overcome.

She raced at the track and two back for a close second behind Royal Rumble before a second over 1800m at Flemington on Anzac Day.

Those have been her only two runs since the spring of 2015 when the daughter of Testa Rossa enjoyed a four straight winning streak including a Group 3 over a mile and a half, before spending over a year on the sidelines.

Improving each run, Amelie’s Star shapes-up as a genuine chance to return to winning form three runs back on the weekend.

Weir has accepted for a total of four runners in the Queen Of The South Stakes field this Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival.

Amelie’s Star will be joined by stablemates Jennio with the inside run from barrier one, in-form Ma Jones chasing a third mile win on the trot and Sebring four-year-old Turbo Miss.

Turbo Miss won the Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m) at Flemington in early March and was last seen running a brave third to Hooked as a $17 roughie in Caulfield’s Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) on April 15.

Also drawn wide with the outside alley (14 of 14) to overcome is the flying Sue Jaensch-trained Have Another Glass chasing a fifth win on the trot.

A four-year-old daughter of Domesday, local hope Have Another Glass races at the main track at Morphettville for the first time on Saturday after back-to-back victories at the Parks course before her latest five length success at Oakbank over 1400m on April 17.

She carted 57.5kg to victory in that barnstorming win and will relish the drop back to 55kg on the weekend with apprentice Emily Finnegan continuing her association of the mare.

Also looking to extend a winning streak with success in the Queen Of The South Stakes is the Michael Kent-trained Consommateur, the lightly-raced daughter of Roc De Cambes coming off successive autumn wins.

She has had six career starts for a trio of wins, most recently saluting by nearly three lengths at Rosehill on March 18 in the Group 3 Epona Stakes (1900m).

Other notable hopes for the Group 2 include Rocket Commander coming off a third in the City Of Adelaide Handicap from April 29, the John O’Shea-trained Circular to be ridden by Joao Moreira from barrier three and Doug Harrison’s last start Sandown-Lakeside winner Lopartega.

Check out the full Queen Of The South Stakes 2017 field, barriers and jockeys below with betting to open shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Queen Of The South Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Morphettville Race 5 – 06/05/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x421111x42 AMELIE’S STAR Darren Weir TBA 13 57kg 101
2 33311×5616 CIRCULAR John O’Shea Joao Moreira 3 57kg 98
3 213×311 CONSOMMATEUR (NZ) Michael Kent Dwayne Dunn 8 57kg 96
4 220×651843 ROCKET COMMANDER Wayne Francis & Glen Kent Regan Bayliss 7 57kg 96
5 3219×32153 TURBO MISS Darren Weir Craig Williams 12 57kg 95
6 04013×9325 C’EST BEAU LA VIE Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Clare Lindop 9 56kg 88
7 4x41412x70 SORT AFTER Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 10 55kg 94
8 8×19312367 VANDANCER (NZ) Michael Moroney Ms Katelyn Mallyon 4 55kg 83
9 55×7729511 MA JONES Darren Weir TBA 6 55kg 80
10 x1633111x1 HAVE ANOTHER GLASS Sue Jaensch Ms Emily Finnegan (a) 14 55kg 79
11 x512830x51 LOPARTEGA Doug Harrison Damien Oliver 5 55kg 76
12 4x21153x24 MILES OF KRISHAN Greg Eurell Ms Nikita Beriman 11 55kg 74
13 482559×545 JENNIO Darren Weir TBA 1 55kg 68
14 10×0431352 STORMSABREWING (NZ) Henry Dwyer TBA 2 55kg 68

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