Mouro Headlines 2014 Recognition Stakes Field

November 26, 2014

Mouro Headlines 2014 Recognition Stakes Field

The Listed Recognition Stakes (1630m) is one of two black-type races running at Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane this Saturday, offering a total of $100,000 in prize money.

Brave Ali will jump from barrier four when he contests the Recognition Stakes this Saturday.

Brave Ali will jump from barrier four when he contests the Recognition Stakes this Saturday. Photo by Daniel Costello.

14 horses featured accepted for the race on Wednesday, ready to tackle to mile. Headlining the final field is the Tony McEvoy-trained Mouro.

Mouro has dually accepted for the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) running at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse the same day. The trainer said earlier in the week that the decision on which race to run in would come down to the strength of the field and ground conditions.

The five-year-old gelding has lucked out in the 2014 Festival Stakes, scoring a start from barrier three with champion hoop Kerrin McEvoy on board to ride. However he faces tougher competition in the Sydney race, with the likes of Group 3 Heffernan Stakes (1300m) runner-up Generalife and Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) runner Estonian Princess declaring for the race.

Meanwhile should he run in the 2014 Recognition Stakes, Mouro will carry the top weight of 61kg (two kilos more than in the Festival) and jump wide from barrier 13. However ground condition is a big factor in McEvoy’s decision and Brisbane got its share of rainfall early Wednesday morning which could make the ground perfect on Saturday, not too firm.

If Mouro is withdrawn from the Recognition Stakes, Brave Ali will become the top rated runner. The eight-year-old gelding will jump from barrier four with apprentice jockey Bridget Grylls in the saddle.

Brave Ali had a great winter carnival in Brisbane, finishing third in the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) before winning the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) and finishing runner-up in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m).

The gelding has proven to be a successful stayer but his form over the mile is not as certain. He finished runner-up in the Quirindi Cup (1600m) but that was back in February – nine races ago.

The Brian Wakefield-trained Grayson Square has scored the inside run from barrier one and will also carry the minimum weight of 54kg. The five-year-old enjoyed three consecutive wins in October from inside barriers which signals good things for his 2014 Recognition Stakes chances on Saturday.

Trainer Pat Duff is set to deliver a dual-pronged attack on the race, saddling both Steel Zip and Abu Ben Adam in the race.

Robert Heathcote’s Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) winner Hopfgarten will jump from barrier 10 with Damian Browne while Darci Be Good will vie for his third straight win from barrier three.

Check out the full 2014 Recognition Stakes final field below to get a full understanding of the weekend race.

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2014 Recognition Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 011x1707x2 MOURO (USA) Tony McEvoy Michael Cahill 13 61kg 106
2 5111312×40 BRAVE ALI (NZ) Tony Gollan Bridget Grylls (a) 4 57kg 98
3 7583433311 DARCI BE GOOD (NZ) Andrew Williamson Travis Wolfgram (a) 3 56.5kg 97
4 1111041×19 HOPFGARTEN Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 10 56kg 96
5 056653×994 STEEL ZIP Pat Duff Justin P Stanley 2 54.5kg 93
6 522227×107 LADY ECHELON Natalie McCall Jeff Lloyd 7 54kg 93
7 4112x7x736 DOUBLE IMPACT Jackie Crompton Eddie Wilkinson 6 54kg 91
8 58862137×0 NOISY OCEAN Bryan Guy 8 54kg 90
9 00211×7572 ALDINI David Kelly 5 54kg 89.5
10 x113530x22 RUDY Helen Page Luke Tarrant (a) 9 54kg 89
11 263×241115 GRAYSON SQUARE (NZ) Brian Wakefield Chris Munce 1 54kg 88
12 x486597x84 GOLDSLICK Liam Birchley 12 54kg 86
13 x207647x21 IMPERIL Stuart Kendrick 14 54kg 80
14 613230×011 ABU BEN ADAM Pat Duff Jim Byrne 11 54kg 77.5

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