This Saturday one of the key support races on the Sydney Cup Day card at Royal Randwick will be the 2013 Emancipation Stakes for fillies and mares, a smart field of 12 hopefuls engaged for the event due to run as Race 3 at 1:40pm (AEST).
Last year the $175,000 Group 3 Emancipation Stakes (1600m) was won by the Guy Walter-trained Skyerush and this year the seven-year-old Super Jet mare will be back to defend her title after a slashing win in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1600m).
In that run she carried 58kg to victory but drops to 56.5kg on Saturday, only one kilogram more than her winning Emancipation Stakes weight from 12 months ago.
Joining Skyerush in the Emancipation Stakes field this year for Walter is also Cannery Row, the daughter of Canny Lad having won at this track and distance two starts back.
Along with Skyerush two other mares come into the race on the back of a last start victory with the Peter Moody-trained Plucky Belle who will get the run of the race from barrier one, and Ken Kelso’s Group 1 winning New Zealand raider Xanadu who was last seen taking out the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes over 1600m back home on April 6.
Other notable Emancipation Stakes hopefuls in 2013 then include Chris Waller’s 58.5kg topweight Say No More who also has Group 1 winning form in New Zealand and the Peter Snowden-trained Raspberries.
Below is the complete 2013 M.J. Bale Emancipation Stakes field, barrier draw, jockey line-up and weight allocations.
Our preferred online bookie bookmaker.com.au is due to open Emancipation Stakes betting shortly, while odds are already open on the day’s three Group 1 features.
2013 Emancipation Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Royal Randwick Race 3 – 1:40pm (AEST) – 27/04/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||211151x5x7||SAY NO MORE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||10||58.5kg||101|
|2||x3234x2271||XANADU (NZ)||Ken Kelso||Hugh Bowman||4||57.5kg||105|
|3||x23442x101||SKYERUSH||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||2||56.5kg||110|
|4||1x4063x544||RASPBERRIES||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||9||56.5kg||102|
|5||42x9909x70||SHANNARA||Peter Snowden||Christian Reith||8||56kg||97|
|6||60x426360x||FLORIA (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Steven Arnold||11||56kg||95|
|7||3321111×49||CATHAY LADY||John Sargent||Peter Robl||3||55.5kg||89|
|8||211x6130x0||SCORPIO QUEEN||Chris Waller||Michael Rodd||6||55.5kg||84|
|9||7275631279||SHAMARDANI||Gregory Hickman||Brenton Avdulla||12||54kg||82|
|10||x95133x641||PLUCKY BELLE||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||1||54kg||78|
|11||10×6655413||CANNERY ROW||Guy Walter||Craig Williams||7||54kg||76|
|12||522x311x25||BUGABOO (ARG)||Grahame Begg||Tommy Berry||5||54kg||71|