Ten sprinters have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Royal Randwick; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting racing prospects.
Ball Of Muscle is yet to finish outside the first three through an impressive career and is offered a great opportunity to extend his record through the Concorde Stakes after drawing the ideal barrier 3.
Posting eight wins and five minors through his 13 starts, the Dubawi gelding returned in autumn for a close second in the Community Raceday Handicap (1000m); progressing to a close second behind Srikandi in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1200m) last time out on May 30th.
Glyn Schofield has been confirmed to take the ride on Ball Of Muscle, who has been charged with overcoming a race-high 59kgs.
Shiraz is yet to taste anything but success this time, but will require some luck in running in the Concorde Stakes after drawing the somewhat wide barrier 8.
Claiming a career-total of nine wins and two minors through 14 career starts, the Zariz gelding won a pair of minor Sydney sprints upon resuming this time before taking out the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) on August 8th.
Hugh Bowman has been confirmed to retain the ride on the classy Tony McEvoy-trained sprinter in the Concorde Stakes.
David Pfieffer has confirmed stable star Atmospherical in the 2015 Concorde Stakes, who will be partnered by leading hoop Tommy Berry and will leave from barrier 7.
Having finished outside the first three only a handful of times through her 15 career starts so far, Atmospherical returned this year for third in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) on February 14th before running on for a credible fifth in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) a fortnight later.
Unable to match the late pace when ninth in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) and eighth in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m), the Northern Meteor mare returned to the paddock after finishing third in the Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) on May 16th.
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2015 Concorde Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x1121x221x||BALL OF MUSCLE||Joseph Pride||Glyn Schofield||3||59kg||103|
|2||7×00906641||DECISION TIME||Clarry Conners||Christian Reith||9||58.5kg||97|
|3||x41215x111||SHIRAZ||Tony McEvoy||Hugh Bowman||8||58kg||100|
|4||x003158388||WOULDNT IT BE NICE||Paul Perry||Jason Collett||6||58kg||95|
|6||654825067x||AERONAUTICAL||David Payne||James McDonald||1||57kg||95|
|7||x2111x120x||CRAFTINESS||Joseph Pride||Blake Shinn||5||56kg||95|
|8||93x0x9289x||HAPPY GALAXY||Gary Moore||Ms Winona Costin (a)||2||56kg||90|
|9||2x1111x411||FELL SWOOP||Matthew Dale||–||10||56kg||84|
|10||311x35983x||ATMOSPHERICAL||David Pfieffer||Tommy Berry||7||55.5kg||99|