Only seven runners have been included in the final field for Saturday’s featured 2016 Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) at Royal Randwick; highlighted by the inclusion of a number of exciting Autumn Carnival prospects.
A proven performer at the distance, class and first-up, Amicus will leave from the ideal barrier 1 in the 2016 Breeders Classic with leading hoop Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
A Group 1 winner having taken out the 2014 edition of the Thousand Guineas (1600m), Amicus resumed in spring for consecutive wins in the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) and Group 2 Lets’ Elope Stakes (1400m).
While failing to figure in her next two starts however, the Fastnet Rock mare returned to the paddock after placing fifth in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on October 31st.
Queensland raider Miss Cover Girl has found competitive black type form upon returning to racing this time and will leave from barrier 4 with Tommy Berry aboard in the Breeders’ Classic.
Miss Cover Girl won the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in a hit-and-run operation on Day 1 of The Championships last year; returning to Brisbane for fifth in the Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1200m) and second in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) most notably.
The Monashee Mountain mare placed fifth in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) first-up this time, and while failing to fire when eighth in the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Quality (1300m) on January 9th, responded well in placing third in the Listed Nudgee Handicap (1200m) on January 23rd.
Four-year-old Press Report has not been seen at the races since failing to figure late and eighth in the Goldners Horse Transport BM85 (1200m) on November 28th, but should have no issues performing from barrier 2 with only 54kgs in tow.
Posting two wins and four minors through twenty three career starts so far, the Written Tycoon mare has posted a number of good results amongst classy fields; namely fourth place finishes in each of the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) during the 2014 Spring Carnival.
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2016 Breeders Classic Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||460x11005x||AMICUS||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||1||58kg||105|
|2||25×3395483||MISS COVER GIRL||Kelly Schweida||Tommy Berry||4||55kg||88|
|3||0x1210x215||DUBLIN LASS||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||7||54kg||101|
|4||50x1180x35||I’VE GOT THE LOOKS||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||5||54kg||99|
|5||5×38312192||SLOTS||Grant Marshall||Lester Grace (a)||6||54kg||94|
|6||41116×7554||QUEEN OF KARIBA||John Sargent||Sam Clipperton||3||54kg||79|
|7||x86603278x||PRESS REPORT||Lee Curtis||Ms Winona Costin (a)||2||54kg||78|