2014 Sandown Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

November 12th, 2014

Just nine runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m), highlighted by the inclusion of several notable performers over the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival so far.

Lady Lakshmi has been confirmed in the final field for the 2014 Sandown Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Lady Lakshmi has been confirmed in the final field for the 2014 Sandown Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Unlucky once again not to break through for a maiden Group 1 victory through his spring campaign, trainer Colin Scott has confirmed Speediness in the 2014 Sandown Stakes final field.

Claiming seven wins and a further eleven minor places over his 36 start career so far, Speediness was a standout over the 2013 edition of the Spring Racing Carnival, finishing fourth in both the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) and continuing to work towards a credible third in the major Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).

Returning over autumn in similarly competitive form, highlighted by a close second to Gordon Lord Byron in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m), the Testa Rossa gelding finished fourth in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis (1200m) first-up, and while unable to figure when 13th in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, once again came agonizingly close to a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing when second to Trust In A Gust in the Toorak Handicap.

While unable to figure in the Emirates Stakes last weekend, Scott is confident Speediness will secure a comfortable victory should rain fall over the Sandown track in the lead-up to Saturday’s meet.

Offered a great chance of success from barrier 5, Lady Lakshmi was unlucky to be blocked for a run in the Group 3 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400mn) last time out but is primed for a return to contention in the Sandown Stakes following a strong week of work.

Claiming five wins and a further six minors from her 21 competitive appearances on course so far, Lady Lakshmi was a standout for trainer Stephen Theodore over autumn; finishing third in both the Group 3 Untameable Stakes (1400m) and Le Pine Funerals Plate (1600m) and second in each of the Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m) and Listed Adelaide Guineas (1600m) most notably.

Having finished third in a minor over 1200m first-up and won the Poser Isuzu Trucks BM90 (1400m) leading into her most recent appearance on course, Lady Lakshmi has been confirmed to be partnered by regular jockey Vlad Duric in the Sandown Stakes.

Returning to racing for fourth in the Group 3 Yellowglen Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Derby Day, Pornichet will have to overcome the reasonably wide barrier 8 in the 2014 Sandown Stakes, but will be boosted by the confirmation recently crowned Sydney Premiership-winning jockey James McDonald will take the ride.

Beginning his racing career abroad in his native France, Pornichet won the Prix De L’Ile Dumet (1700m) first-up this year and continued to build in form and class on his way to victory in the Prix Prince Hindou and third in the Group 1 Poule D’Essai Des Poulains (1600m) on May 11th.

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2014 Sandown Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2720×40240 SPEEDINESS Colin Scott Luke Nolen 3 59kg 105
2 21x15139x4 PORNICHET (FR) Gai Waterhouse James McDonald 8 54.5kg 96
3 x01555Px56 SPACECRAFT David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Stephen Baster 1 54.5kg 96
4 4x0x70x313 ANOTHER PRELATE Quinton Scott Craig Robertson 9 54kg 95
5 14x746x603 VIBRANT ROUGE Glenn Thornton Damien Thornton (a) 4 54kg 90
6 1x1x311191 RED BOMBER Mick Price Craig Newitt 6 54kg 88
7 122323×310 LADY LAKSHMI Stephen Theodore Vlad Duric 5 54kg 86
8 46227×2611 GENERAL GROOVE Leon & Troy Corstens Dwayne Dunn 2 54kg 81
9 3630×15594 REFER Heath Conners 7 54kg 68