Ten Confirmed in 2015 Concorde Stakes Final Field

September 2nd, 2015

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.

Shiraz has been confirmed in the 2015 Concorde Stakes final field. Photo: Steve Hart

Shiraz has been confirmed in the 2015 Concorde Stakes final field. Photo: Steve Hart

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
5 63x221175x UNANIMOUSLY Matthew Dale 4 57kg 99
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