Only eight runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) at Royal Randwick; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting three-year-old prospects.
Sebring Sun will carry winning black type form into the 2015 Up And Coming Stakes, and is sure to receive a great ride from Hugh Bowman from barrier 5.
Returning to racing this year for a credible third amongst notable company in the TAB Place Multi Plate (1000m) on January 24th, Sebring Sun continued to impress in placing a credible fifth in each of the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) and Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m).
Posting a maiden race win in the TAB.com.au Handicap (1200m) first-up this time, the Sebring colt was particularly impressive when taking out the Listed Rosebud (1200m) last start but undoubtedly faces a great task in success this weekend.
Voilier has also returned to racing in great condition this time and could very well receive the run of the race in the Up And Coming Stakes from barrier 2.
Stamping his claims as one to watch when taking out the Sire Custodians Plate (1100m) on debut in December, the Beneteau gelding returned this year for a close second in the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m) before running fifth in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m).
Placing a credible fourth in the Bob Ingham Handicap (1100m) first-up this time, Voilier has reportedly taken great benefit from his last start second in The Rosebud.
John O’Shea and Godolphin Australia are set to launch a two-pronged attack on the 2015 Up And Coming Stakes after confirming both Shards and Inner Circle in the final field.
Shards is yet to finish outside the first three through his short but impressive career; running third in the TAB Rewards Maiden Plate (1250m) on debut and second in a Rosehill Gardens minor over 1350m before taking out the TAB.com.au Handicap (1350m) on June 13th.
Shards is yet to have a jockey confirmed for his Up And Coming Stakes return but will leave from the rails draw.
Clearly considered the leading contender of the Godolphin runners after James McDonald was confirmed to take the ride, Inner Circle returned this time for third in the McGrath Estate Agents Handicap (1250m) and should have taken priceless condition from the run.
The Gerald Ryan-trained Land’s End will contest only his third competitive start in the 2015 Up And Coming Stakes and has been charged with overcoming the outside gate.
Tatoosh (barrier 3), Man Of Choice (barrier 4) and Cannyescent (barrier 7) complete the 2015 Up And Coming Stakes final field.
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2015 Up And Coming Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2x355x11||SEBRING SUN||Gary Portelli||Hugh Bowman||5||58kg||78|
|2||1x25x42||VOILIER||Gary Nickson||Blake Shinn||2||58kg||78|
|4||148×3||INNER CIRCLE||John O’Shea||Tim Clark||6||56kg||68|
|5||15||LAND’S END||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||8||56kg||66|
|6||5×11325||TATOOSH||Paul Perry||Danny Beasley||3||56kg||66|
|7||5×13||MAN OF CHOICE||Luke Price||Tommy Berry||4||56kg||63|
|8||1||CANNYESCENT||Gabrielle Englebrecht||Ms Kathy O’Hara||7||56kg||59|