It’s Somewhat Tops AD Hollindale Stakes 2017 Field

Early favourite for the Doomben Cup later in the month It’s Somewhat headlines the 2017 AD Hollindale Stakes field at the Gold Coast Racecourse this Saturday in Queensland.

It's Somewhat

Last start Doncaster Mile winner It’s Somewhat steps up in weight for the 2017 A.D. Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

The wind-up to the Group 1 races of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival begins in earnest this weekend with a dozen gun weight-for-age gallopers to face off in the $35,000 Group 2 Attwood Marshall A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m).

The bulk of runners in the Gold Coast Race 7 at 3:40pm (AEST) are eyeing a Brisbane run on May 20 in the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m).

Heading the futures Doomben Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au and the likely favourites in AD Hollindale Stakes betting this season at $7 for the Group 1 is the John O’Shea-trained It’s Somewhat.

Drawn in barrier three on Saturday with Tye Angland to ride is the in-form Dynaformer six-year-old It’s Somewhat shooting for a third win on the trot.

He won the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) two back at Rosehill before an elite level success in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 1.

It’s Somewhat has enjoyed a subsequent trial win at Warwick Farm over 1200m and has winning form up to 2000m so the step-up to 1800m in the Hollindale shouldn’t be an issue.

The gelding does however rise from 55kg in the Doncaster Mile under handicap conditions to 59kg in the weight-for-age Group 2 on the weekend.

Equal at $7 in the all-in Doomben Cup markets is Articus for Victoria’s premier trainer Darren Weir, the French import also accepted into the AD Hollindale Stakes field at the Gold Coast.

The Areion stallion debuted down under with a 13th to Jameka in last October’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and finished at the back end of the field again second-up on April 15 in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m).

He is out to atone this weekend getting out over 1800m, but has the outside barrier (12 of 12) to overcome.

Drawn well in barrier four and representing the Queensland horses is the Desleigh Forster-trained four-year-old son of Showcasing Cylinder Beach.

Prepared in Brisbane the galloper heads to the Gold Coast for the first time on the back of a nice win in the Toowoomba Cup (2000m) carrying 59.5kg with Jim Byrne retaining the ride.

The other last start winner in the mix this season is the Nick Olive-trained Single Gaze to be ridden by Kathy O’Hara from barrier six.

A four-year-old daughter of Not A Single Doubt, Single Gaze posted a half-length win at Doomben in black-type company over the mile on April 22 and drops from 58kg that run to 57kg this weekend.

The mare has been at the Gold Coast three times to date for two minor placings when third in the 2015 Magic Millions Classic and second in the 2016 Magic Millions Guineas.

Also in great form heading into the weekend’s fixture is the consistent Kris Lees-trained Street Sense gelding Sense Of Occasion.

He is down in grade after two Group 1 thirds firstly to It’s Somewhat in the Doncaster Mile and then the world’s best mare Winx in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

Check out the full A.D. Hollindale Stakes 2017 field, barriers and jockeys below with updated odds to be released shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 A.D. Hollindale Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Gold Coast Race 7 (3:40pm) – 06/05/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 53x4313x11 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea Tye Angland 3 59kg 115
2 0x4540x60x PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 59kg 116
3 1454x12x33 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Corey Brown 9 59kg 109
4 51162×1564 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Jeff Lloyd 5 59kg 107
5 290×121171 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) Desleigh Forster Jim Byrne 4 59kg 105
6 15159028×3 MAURUS (GB) John P Thompson Damian Browne 8 59kg 102
7 0x5474x343 RUDY Helen Page Robbie Fradd 7 59kg 102
8 x31215x0x0 ARTICUS (FR) Darren Weir TBA 12 59kg 102
9 7023646474 SHOREHAM Les Kelly TBA 10 59kg 87
10 858x640x80 SAKHEE’S SOLDIER (NZ) David Kelly Luke Dittman 11 59kg 99
11 2211Fx7031 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 6 57kg 108
12 x540417x12 COL ’N’ LIL Ben Currie Josh Oliver 2 57kg 98

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