The final field of 18 classy females set to contest Saturday’s $600, 000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at the picturesque Rosehill racecourse has been announced.
The level of competition and quality, however, has been lessened by the absence of two of the top nominations Typhoon Tracy and More Joyous.
Premier Victorian trainer Peter Moody decided to withdraw top-rated mare Typhoon Tracy from the event after she had been allocated a massive 61kg for the 2010 Coolmore Classic, a huge 10kg more than the weight she carried to victory in the race last year.
Moody is now looking at the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) on April 3 as the next feature race for Typhoon Tracy.
Another popular nominee missing from the final field is the Gai Waterhouse-trained More Joyous, the alluring filly instead being held for the Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes on April 3.
Waterhouse now has only one confirmed starter in the event, Gold Water drawn on the far outside in barrier 18.
Moody will still be represented on Saturday in the event by his brilliant filly Set For Fame, runner-up to Rock Classic in the Group 1 Australian Guineas last start.
But Moody’s chances of securing back-to-back success in the Coolmore Classic have been further hampered as Set For Fame has drawn the nightmare barrier 17.
In fact many of the early favourites for the 2010 Coolmore Classic have drawn poorly for Saturday, including the Bart Cummings-trained Faint Perfume in barrier 16.
Faint Perfume has had a dazzling career to date winning four of her eight race starts including her first up win in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes last start, but will have to find the front early to continue her winning form on Saturday.
Cummings also has his four-year-old Redoute’s Choice mare Allez Wonder engaged in the race, starting on the inside of their stablemate in barrier 15. Allez Wonder, winner of the Group 1 Toorak Handicap last year, now sits as the topweight for the Coolmore Classic with 57kg.
The unlucky draw for many of the highly fancied runners has opened the 2010 Coolmore Classic wide open.
Coolmore Classic contenders that have had better luck in the barrier draw include Lee Freedman’s last start winner Dane Julia (4) and the Anthony Cummings-trained Prima Nova (2) while the Robert Price-trained mare Ivory Pegasus has secured the prized inside draw.
A terrific line-up of group features are set to take place at Rosehill on Saturday including the other Group 1 event, the $400, 000 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) as well as the highly anticipated $150, 000 Group 2 Canterbury Stakes (1300m).
The 2010 Coolmore Classic is scheduled as race seven at the meeting’s bumper nine-event programme and is due to jump at 4:10pm (NSW time).
2010 Coolmore Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw:
|Bart Cummings||Hugh Bowman||15||57|
|Joseph Pride||Jim Cassidy||10||55.5|
DANE JULIA (SAF)
|Lee Freedman||Glyn Schofield||4||54|
|Robert Smerdon||Nicholas Hall||3||54|
|Bart Cummings||Michael Rodd||16||53.5|
|David Hayes||Daniel Ganderton||11||52.5|
PALACIO DE CRISTAL
|Grahame Begg||Peter Wells||9||52.5|
|Anthony Cummings||Glen Boss||2||52.5|
SET FOR FAME
|Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||17||52.5|
|John O’Shea||Jeff Lloyd||5||52.5|
|Matthew Smith||Craig Williams||12||52.5|
|Anthony Cummings||Brenton Avdulla||6||52.5|
|Robert Price||Kathy O’Hara||1||52.5|
|John P Thompson||–||7||52.5|