Ten Confirmed in 2015 Breeders’ Classic Final Field

February 4th, 2015

Just ten mares have been confirmed in the 2015 Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m) final field, to be contested at Rosehill Gardens racecourse on Saturday afternoon.

Marianne has been confirmed in the 2015 Breeders' Classic Final Field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Marianne has been confirmed in the 2015 Breeders’ Classic Final Field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Charging home to deny Steps In Time a third-straight victory in the race in 2014, trainer Chris Waller has confirmed Catkins in the 2015 Breeders’ Classic final field.

Finishing outside the places only twice in ten starts in 2014, Catkins followed-up her first-up Breeder’s Classic success with a victory in the Group 3 Wiggle Stakes (1400m) before placing a credible third in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m).

Returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) before running sixth in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m), the Dubawi mare placed third in each of the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) most recently, and will be particularly difficult to beat this weekend.

Choosing to keep Calming Influence away from the races this weekend with a view towards other events, Waller is launch a two-pronged attack on the 2015 Breeders’ Classic after also confirming Arinosa in the final field.

Securing nine wins and six minor places from her 3 starts to date, Arinosa has not been seen at the races since failing to figure and fifth in the At Sea Handicap (1100m) on May 24th.

Having performed well in two trials leading up to her racing return, Waller is confident the daughter of Dash For Cash is more than capable of figuring in contention in Saturday’s Rosehill feature.

New Zealand import Marianne has joined the stables of Peter and Paul Snowden for the 2015 Autumn Carnival, and appears to be in exceptional condition leading into the Breeders’ Classic.

Finishing outside the top three only twice through her ten start career, Marianne was a standout performer over the 2014 Autumn Carnival; finishing second in each of the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) and Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) before taking out the Listed Alexandra Stakes (1600m) most notably on March 21st.

Allocated the slightly wide barrier 7, Marianne has been confirmed to be partnered by Larry Cassidy in the 2015 Breeders’ Classic.

Gai Waterhouse has been thrilled with the condition of Role Model ahead of her black type return and is confident of a competitive showing in the Breeders’ Classic.

Skipping the spring with a number of minor ailments, Role Model did not appear rusty when finishing a strong second to Mihiri in the James Boag’s Premium FM (1200m) at Randwick first-up on January 24th.

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2015 Breeders’ Classic Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 16x4x1233x CATKINS Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 9 57kg 110
2 102x090x5x ARINOSA Chris Waller Jason Collett 5 57kg 104
3 21x480x01x HERA (NZ) Kris Lees Christian Reith 6 57kg 96
4 2110x3410x NEENA ROCK John Sargent James McDonald 2 55.5kg 94
5 125604x35x LILLIBURLERO David Payne Glyn Schofield 10 55kg 100
6 210x24280x PLUCKY BELLE Peter G Moody Kerrin McEvoy 1 55kg 98
7 12x22210x3 MARIANNE (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden Larry Cassidy 7 54kg 88
8 9125x280x2 ROLE MODEL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Tim Clark 8 54kg 81
9 x19141x221 MIHIRI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 3 54kg 79
10 12827114×5 JUST A BLUR Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones Sam Clipperton 4 54kg 76