The final field and barrier draw has been released for the Group 1 Emancipation Stakes, which is due to run at Royal Randwick Racecourse this Saturday April 28, 2012.
With the absence of Atlantic Jewel, who instead accepted for the Group 1 All Aged Stakes later in the day, Miss Keepsake will be looking to win the 2012 Emancipation Stakes.
Miss Keepsake has won five of her 28 race starts and has earned more than $525,000 in prize money.
The five-year-old mare won her first-up start this autumn at Kembla Grange before finishing second to More Joyous in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes.
Trainer Joseph Pride is hopeful the Keeper mare will be able to nab another Group 1 victory in the 2012 Emancipation Stakes without Atlantic Jewel in the field.
Miss Keepsake also won the Group 1 Queensland Oaks in 2010 at Eagle Farm.
“Miss Keepsake will go to the Emancipation Stakes because Atlantic Jewel is going to the All Aged,” Pride said.
The mare has drawn barrier nine for the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Stakes and will be ridden by jockey Christian Reith.
Murjulisa Lass is also included in the 2012 Emancipation Stakes final field and barrier draw.
Trainer Greg Hickman is confident the four-year-old mare is in good form ahead of her 2012 Emancipation Stakes run, despite failing to finish better than 10th in her three previous race starts this autumn.
“She’ll run in the Emancipation Stakes, it looks a much better option at this stage of her preparation,” Hickman said.
Murjulisa Lass has won five of her 23 race starts and has earned more than $340,000 in prize money.
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2012 Emancipation Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||4325045X12||MISS KEEPSAKE (NZ)||Joseph Pride||Christian Reith||9||57.5kg||102|
|2||10X008X000||MIRJULISA LASS||Gregory Hickman||Glyn Schofield||8||57.5kg||96|
|3||19X3579X11||FIBRILLATION||Tim Martin||Brenton Avdulla||3||56kg||101|
|5||7X5620X242||CRAFTY IRNA||Ron Quinton||Hugh Bowman||10||56kg||99|
|7||X23143X002||SKYERUSH||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||5||55.5kg||101|
|8||1513212715||FILL THE PAGE||Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones||Tommy Berry||7||55.5kg||96|
|9||65611X6270||FOXSTAR||Guy Walter||Ms Kathy O’Hara||6||55kg||94|
|10||11732X3276||BRIGHTEST||Guy Walter||Rod Quinn||2||54kg||78|
|11||2601X36021||SONG SHAN||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||4||54kg||73|
|12||8X31551X95||TRIPLE SIX||Grahame Begg||–||1||54kg||73|