Twelve sprinters will seek black type glory at Royal Randwick on Saturday following the release of the 2016 Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) field and barrier draw this afternoon.
Japonisme has been a standout performer for trainer Chris Waller throughout his entire career so far, and has been confirmed for a competitive return in the 2016 Concorde Stakes field.
Stamping himself as a gelding to watch when delivering a strong field defeat in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) in the early stages of the 2015 Spring Carnival, Japonisme failed to fire in the Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m) leading to a freshen-up.
Resuming for third in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m), the son of Choisir was rated little chance of success in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), but produced a massive turn of foot to win the race.
Returning this year for third in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m), Japonisme ran fifth in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and third in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) before returning to winning form in the Group 2 Arrowfield Stakes (1200m) on Day 2 of The Championships.
Having returned to the paddock after finishing third in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) on May 14th, Japonisme has been charged with carrying a race-high 60kgs but has been confirmed to be partnered by leading hoop Hugh Bowman.
Kinglike has been transferred to the care of Gerald Ryan for his 2016 Spring Carnival campaign, but will undoubtedly require luck in running from barrier 10 in the Concorde Stakes.
Taking out the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) upon resuming in spring last year, Kinglike failed to make an impact amongst open company when second in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) and was returned to the paddock.
Resuming this year for second behind subsequent Group 1 champion English, Kinglike again failed to figure when 12th in the William Reid Stakes but responded with a strong run for fourth in the Arrowfield Sprint.
Hong Kong import Smart Volatility is offered a good opportunity for redemption after drawing into the Concorde Stakes in barrier 1, while Godolphin runner Federal has been charged with overcoming the outside barrier 12.
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2016 Concorde Stakes Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||431x35313x||JAPONISME||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||8||60kg||109|
|2||21x16x204x||KINGLIKE||Gerald Ryan||Kerrin McEvoy||10||59kg||99|
|3||0x96457624||WOULDNT IT BE NICE||Paul Perry||Rory Hutchings||6||58kg||90|
|4||362x70x718||SMART VOLATILITY||John Sargent||Tye Angland||1||57kg||104|
|5||1212x1442x||FEDERAL||John O’Shea||James McDonald||12||57kg||95|
|6||x3415370x5||BOSS LANE||Ron Quinton||Tim Clark||9||56kg||101|
|7||20x259x20x||CRAFTINESS||Joseph Pride||Blake Shinn||5||56kg||96|
|9||24x04288x2||SARAJEVO||John O’Shea||Brenton Avdulla||4||56kg||86|
|10||1321x10x11||HIDDEN PEARL||Barry Lockwood||Ms Bridget Grylls (a)||2||54kg||93|
|11||16115×4473||FELINES||Kris Lees||Jason Collett||3||54kg||91|
|12||7x615357x6||GOCUP BELLE||Mick J Smith||Ms Kathy O’Hara||7||54kg||65|