A scintillating showdown between a number of this season’s top contenders and 2010 Melbourne Cup hopefuls will take place at Caulfield this Saturday with the running of the $200,000 Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m).
Fourteen weight-for-age stars have been accepted into the 2010 Memsie Stakes final field including four horses from the stables of legendary trainer Bart Cummings.
Cummings will start 2008 Australian Cup winner Sirmione, Moatize, last year’s Cox Plate champion So You Think and top rated mare Faint Perfume on Saturday.
In a blow for So You Think who is resuming racing in the Memsie, the son of High Chaparral has drawn wide with barrier 12.
The $2.25 million stakes earner, who hasn’t raced since finishing second to All American in last year’s Emirates Stakes, is currently the second favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au to win back-to-back Cox Plates behind Shoot Out.
Queensland galloper Shoot Out is also lining up in the Memsie Stakes on Saturday and is likely to start as the odds-on favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au having a distinct fitness advantage over his rivals who are coming back from spells.
The John Wallace-trained half-brother to So You Think is being hailed as the champion horse of the season after winning both of their first-up starts in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes and the Group 2 JJ Liston Stakes.
Shoot Out has fared better in the barrier draw with gate six and will be ridden by Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Stathi Katsidis.
With the Caulfield track currently rated a slow (6) following recent rainfall, Shoot Out is given another helpful hand as his record on wet tracks is also superior to many of the other contenders.
One notable absentee from the Memsie Stakes is early 2010 Melbourne Cup favourite Dariana, also prepared by Bart Cummings.
Other headlining horses in the Memsie Stakes final field include the John O’Shea-trained Rosehill Guineas winner Zabrasive also on the Melbourne Cup path, Peter Moody’s brilliant mare Typhoon Tracy and the not-to-be-forgotten dual Group 1 winner Whobegotyou drawn ideally on the rails.
Punters looking to get a heads-up on future spring features including the 2010 Cox Plate and the 150th Melbourne Cup are advised to keep a close eye on the Memsie Stakes as the race will serve as a good guide.
Our preferred online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au will open their Memsie Stakes betting markets shortly, so bookmark this page to view the odds and our betting tips.
The 2010 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes is due to jump as race six at Caulfield on Saturday and is accompanied on the card by the Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m).
2010 Memsie Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No.||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Weight (kg)||Hcp. Rating|
|1||MASTER O’REILLY (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Dwayne Dunn||2||59||109|
|2||WHOBEGOTYOU||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||1||59||115|
|3||LITTORIO Scratched||Nigel Blackiston||Craig Williams||11||59||112|
|4||SIRMIONE||Bart Cummings||Mark Zahra||14||59||113|
|5||RED RULER (NZ)||John Sargent||Steven King||8||59||108|
|6||BUCCELLATI (GB)||Tony Noonan||Brad Rawiller||3||59||109|
|7||MOATIZE||Bart Cummings||Chris Symons||4||59||105|
|8||SO YOU THINK (NZ)||Bart Cummings||Steven Arnold||12||58.5||116|
|9||SHOOT OUT||John Wallace||Stathi Katsidis||6||58.5||115|
|10||ZABRASIVE (NZ)||John O’Shea||Craig Newitt||5||58.5||107|
|11||BRIGHTNIGHT (NZ)||Bart Cummings||James Winks||13||58.5||67|
|12||TYPHOON TRACY||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||10||57||118|
|13||FAINT PERFUME||Bart Cummings||Michelle Payne||7||56.5||108|
|14||VALDEMORO||Tony Vasil||Glen Boss||9||56.5||96|