Lord Aspen Leads 2016 City Of Marion Stakes Field

December 7, 2016

Lord Aspen Leads 2016 City Of Marion Stakes Field

Mick Huxtable’s in-form galloper Lord Aspen heads the City Of Marion Stakes 2016 field facing off at Morphettville Racecourse in South Australian on Saturday.

Lord Aspen

Lord Aspen defends his title in the City Of Marion Stakes 2016 at Morphettville in Adelaide on Saturday. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

One of the key features of the Adelaide Summer Racing Carnival, this season’s $100,000 Listed City Of Marion Stakes (1200m) has attracted a final field of 13 sprinters.

Heading the line-up and installed as the equal 59kg top weight, the defending champion Lord Aspen is drawn the inside alley for Morphettville Race 7 on Saturday with Matthew Neilson coming aboard for the ride.

The five-year-old Good Journey gelding chases a third win on the trot having saluted at Morphettville Parks over 1300m in late October before a last start win at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day.

He travelled to Victoria for the Melbourne Cup Carnival run and came away with a good win over Rough Justice over 1400m in the handicap carrying 55.5kg.

Lord Aspen rises in kilos and class, but has an outstanding record at the track and distance with three wins and a second from six starts over 1200m at Morphettville including his City Of Marion Stakes win last summer carrying just 54kg from a wide barrier (15).

Also giving the weight away on 59kg this weekend is the Jarrod McLean-trained Tried And Tired out to improve on his last start eighth to Lucky Hussler at Sandown in the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m).

Coming off better lead-up form are a host of Adelaide locals including the Wayne Francis & Glen Kent-trained Lope De Vega four-year-old Lope De Capio who saluted at the track over 1050m on November 26.

Third in that same Benchmark 90 was the Lee Creek-trained six-year-old Casino Wizard who has finished top three in his four latest runs.

A five-time winner from 15 starts at the Morphettville track, the consistent son of Any Given Sunday was beaten under a length last time out and was brave in defeat carrying 61kg.

Jason Holder continues his association with the Mount Gambier-based galloper who will relish the drop back to 56.5kg on the weekend and who is drawn a treat in barrier three.

Also drawn well in barrier six is Will Clarken’s flying God’s Own six-year-old Mio Dio.

The veteran of 47 starts has won his past three on the trot in Adelaide including at the Morphettville course proper two back on November 5.

He carted 58kg to a two length win over Federal Court that day before saluting at Morphettville Parks on November 19 and gets in on the 54kg minimum in the City Of Marion Stakes.

Battle Brewing is another last start winner chasing more success on Saturday, the progressive four-year-old having won at the track / distance with Clare Lindop aboard a fortnight back.

He drops to 54kg on the weekend with Lindop retaining the ride on the Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained son of Medaglia D’Oro.

Other notable hopes include the returning former Group 1 performer Prince Harada in his first Adelaide run and the Len Jarvis-trained Solo Flyer mare Beautiful Flyer coming off a second to Battle Brewing.

See below for the full City Of Marion Stakes 2016 field, barriers, jockeys and weights with betting to open shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2016 City Of Marion Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Morphettville Race 7 (4:18pm) – 10/12/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 3414x6x211 LORD ASPEN Mick Huxtable Matthew Neilson 1 59kg 99
2 3422810×08 TRIED AND TIRED Jarrod McLean Daniel Moor 5 59kg 99
3 73116×2323 CASINO WIZARD Lee Creek Jason Holder 3 56.5kg 94
4 38×1143016 CAVALOCE Will Clarken Todd Pannell 13 54kg 92
5 684x2x131x PRINCE HARADA Marilyn Smith Ryan Hurdle 10 54kg 88
6 25335x96x5 BALIGARI Lloyd Kennewell Jake Toeroek 7 54kg 84
7 7x120117x1 LOPE DE CAPIO Wayne Francis & Glen Kent Ms Jamie Kah 12 54kg 84
8 9528430111 MIO DIO Will Clarken Damien Thornton 6 54kg 83
9 86x05213x4 MUBAKKIR Bill Papazaharoudakis Paul Gatt 9 54kg 82
10 x7300x00x6 DEIHEROS Lloyd Kennewell Zac Spain (a) 11 54kg 78
11 5423310×11 PENNY FOR A POUND David Jolly Matthew Poon (a) 4 54kg 78
12 3x112250x2 BEAUTIFUL FLYER Len Jarvis Justin Potter 8 54kg 73
13 398266×141 BATTLE BREWING Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Clare Lindop 2 54kg 72

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