A brilliant field of 11 three-year-olds will run in this Saturday’s $250,000 Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m), a feature Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival event at Flemington.
One of the early Ladbrokes.com.au favourite in the 2010 Danehill Stakes is Military Rose, winner of the Magic Millions Classic last year.
The Gillian Heinrich-trained General Nediym filly is having her first-up spring start in the Danehill after failing to place in the Golden Slipper on a heavy track back in august.
Military Rose has drawn midfield in barrier five and will be ridden by Dwayne Dunn on Saturday, but if the wet weather in Melbourne continues Military Rose’s chances of a successful return to racing may be marred.
Another excellent Danehill Stakes contender is Danny O’Brien’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner Star Witness.
The consistently impressive Starcraft colt enjoyed a promising return to racing for the season when finishing third to Toorak Toff in the Vain Stakes (1100m) three weeks back and is sure to improve second up on Saturday after drawing ideally with barrier two.
The quality 2010 Danehill Stakes final field also features Robert Heathcote’s form gelding Buffering from Queensland, the Mark Kavangh-trained Shrapnel due to ridden by Michael Rodd, and Vain Stakes second placegetter Soul trained by Peter Snowden.
The Danehill Stakes is one of four Group status races scheduled to run at Flemington on Saturday, the meeting’s showcase event being the $400,000 Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) where many 2010 Melbourne Cup entries will face off.
2010 Danehill Stakes Final Field & Barriers
|1||STAR WITNESS||Danny O’Brien||James Winks||2||57|
|2||MILITARY ROSE||Gillian Heinrich||Dwayne Dunn||5||56|
|3||BUFFERING||Robert Heathcote||Danny Nikolic||6||56|
|4||GENERAL TRUCE||Ricky Maund||Jim Cassidy||3||56|
|5||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Lee Freedman||Damien Oliver||7||55.5|
|6||SHRAPNEL||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||9||55.5|
|7||INNOCENT GAMBLE||Mark Riley||Nicholas Hall||1||55.5|
|8||SOUL||Peter Snowden||Mark Zahra||8||55|
|9||COLUMBUS||David Hayes||Brad Rawiller||10||55|
|10||REKINDLED INTEREST||Jim Conlan||Craig Williams||11||55|
|11||STORM BURST||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||4||53|