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A talented field of nine has been confirmed to taken to the 1600 metre track at Flemington this weekend for the 2014 Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy, including highly-rated mare Bonaria.
Amassing six wins from 31 race starts to date, Bonaria has returned to the track in 2014 in scintillating form, following up a competitive third in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) first-up with a comfortable one length win over Hazard and fellow Schweppervescence Trophy acceptor Hi Belle in the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) on February 22nd.
Having drawn the ideal barrier 3 for this weekend’s Group 3, trainer Pat Hyland is confident the classy Redoute’s Choice mare will continue her good run of form in the Schweppervescence Trophy.
Also included in the final field for the 2014 Schweppervescence Trophy is the exciting Darren Weir-trained Five All.
Five All has finished no worse than third in all races since May 2013, which now spans 11 starts over two separate preparations.
The talented Court Of Jewels mare was particularly impressive last time out when comfortably winning the Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m); an event Weir had to be talked into.
Having drawn barrier 6, jockey Michelle Payne will retain the ride and is confident of continued success for Five All in the Schweppervescence Trophy.
Also carrying winning form into the 2014 Schweppervescence Trophy, Peter Moody-trained Are There Any (barrier 1) has returned to racing in strong condition this preparation, finished third behind Five All in the Ian Miller Fillies Maiden (1600m) before strolling home to win the Elms Handicap (1700m) last time out.
Moody has a high opinion of the impressive Exceed And Excel mare, and had geared her current preparations towards and appearance in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) on April 19th.
Danny O’Brien-trained Keep De Rose will make her second appearance for 2014 in the Schweppervescence Trophy, but will have to overcome the slightly awkward barrier 8 if any chance of success.
Having claimed four wins from 11 starts so far, the four-year-old daughter of Keeper produced a particularly consistent 2013 spring campaign which delivered wins in the BMW Fillies Maiden (1800m) and Pinker Pinker Plate (2080m) and a strong third behind Girl Gone Rockin’ in the Group 2 Momentum Stakes (2000m) on November 9th.
Bippo No Bungus (barrier 9), Text’n Hurley (barrier 2), Angelic Lass (barrier 7) and Godspiel (barrier 4) have also accepted for the 2014 Schweppervescence Trophy.
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2014 Schweppervescence Trophy Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x440204x31||BONARIA||Pat Hyland||Michael Rodd||3||58.5kg||102|
|2||1x331133x6||KEEP DE ROSE (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Craig Williams||8||57kg||89|
|3||1×11223121||FIVE ALL||Darren Weir||Ms Michelle Payne||6||57kg||88|
|4||35x2092x03||HI BELLE||John Gunning||Craig Newitt||5||56kg||99|
|5||4716461347||BIPPO NO BUNGUS||Neville Parnham||Damien Oliver||9||56kg||84|
|6||31110×6321||TEXT’N HURLEY||Colin Little||Chad Schofield||2||54kg||80|
|7||2841×62131||ARE THERE ANY||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||1||54kg||82|
|8||0221610×94||ANGELIC LASS||Philip Evans||Dean Yendall||7||54kg||81|
|9||x221012x72||GODSPIEL||Gary Sherer||Damian Lane||4||54kg||73|
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