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A class line-up of proven mares face off in the Guy Walter Stakes 2017 field on Chipping Norton Stakes Day in Sydney on Saturday including Group 1 winner First Seal.
John Thompson’s five-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock hasn’t won since her Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last October, but looks well placed first-up at Royal Randwick on the weekend.
She is one of 11 mares making up the field for Randwick Race 8 at 5:10pm (AEDT) – the $200,000 Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) – which runs one event after Winx chases a 15th win on the trot in the 2017 Chipping Norton Stakes.
Drawn a treat in barrier four with Christian Reith to ride, the former Flight Stakes winner First Seal was last seen crossing just a length away eighth in a blanket finish behind the filly I Am A Star in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).
A good performer when fresh, First Seal comes off a winning Warwick Farm trial and has plenty of experience at the track and over the distance including her fourth to Winx in last year’s Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
Thompson has also accepted for Zanbagh in the Guy Walter Stakes field this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the Bernardini six-year-old best known for her Emancipation Stakes win last March at Rosehill.
Getting the fitness edge of the resuming runners in the race are the likes of the Kris Lees-trained Danish Twist and Ron Quinton’s Dixie Blossoms drawn in barriers 11 and nine respectively.
Danish Twist comes off a first-up fourth behind In Her Time in the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) at the track on February 4 when only 1.2 lengths off the winner.
The Breeders Classic form was franked last weekend when In Her Time made it a double taking out the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m).
Dixie Blossoms meanwhile was last seen running a nice third just a quarter-length off the winner Zestful at the Randwick track on February 13 in the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m).
She is a Group 3 winner over the Randwick mile and will appreciate getting out over 1400m second-up on Saturday.
Drawn betting in the Guy Walter Stakes field are the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained stablemates Flippant (3) and Happy Hannah (2).
Corey Brown rides Hinchinbrook four-year-old Flippant who comes off the close third in the Breeders Classic, while Tommy Berry is aboard More Than Ready mare Happy Hannah for her first run since a third in Flemington’s Matriarch Stakes during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
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2017 Guy Walter Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Randwick Race 8 (5:10pm) – 25/02/2017
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x1240x518x||FIRST SEAL||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||4||57kg||110|
|2||2515x0560x||ZANBAGH||John P Thompson||Jason Collett||8||56kg||99|
|3||1118x359x4||DANISH TWIST||Kris Lees||Glyn Schofield||11||55kg||104|
|4||22x20214x3||DIXIE BLOSSOMS||Ron Quinton||Tim Clark||9||55kg||101|
|5||110x2248x4||THAMES COURT||David Brideoake||Tye Angland||10||55kg||98|
|6||4x7x01x053||FLIPPANT||Peter & Paul Snowden||Corey Brown||3||54kg||101|
|7||1130x6333x||HAPPY HANNAH||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tommy Berry||2||54kg||93|
|8||71x51024x9||SHILLELAGH (NZ)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||5||54kg||88|
|9||3390×30464||PRESS REPORT||Kris Lees||Ms Kathy O’Hara||7||54kg||85|
|10||1124×61915||I TOLD GEORGIE||Danny Williams||Jay Ford||1||54kg||70|
|11||627x97x451||MALI ROSE||Anthony Cummings||Robert Thompson (late alt)||6||54kg||64|
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