This Saturday’s G2 NZ Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) has attracted a strong field of leading Cup and Cox Plate hopefuls.
This is the third year New Zealand Bloodstock has sponsored the $220,000 Memsie Stakes and the race has a tremendous record of producing Group 1 winners later in the spring with three standout Memsie winners – Sunline, Makybe Diva and So You Think – among those that have raced to Cox Plate glory in the same year.
The Memsie Stakes is the second leg of NZ Bloodstock’s Caulfield Spring Weight-for-Age Championship which covers the G2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes, G2 Memsie Stakes, G1 Underwood Stakes and G1 Caulfield Stakes.
Current Championship leader Second Effort (Mossman) was awarded 10 points for his win in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes a fortnight ago and the Clinton McDonald trained six-year-old will line up again this Saturday in a bid to extend his lead.
The Championship leader faces stiff competition in the Memsie including a rematch with veteran galloper Heart of Dreams (Show a Heart) while WA raider Luckygray (Bradbury’s Luck) is racing in top form this season for trainer Gino Poletti claiming a hat-trick of G3 races in Perth.
Cox Plate bound Sincero (Umatilla) is set to make his seasonal reappearance in the Memsie and is well prepared for the race having won a trial at Rosehill on August 21. A wet track forced trainer Jim Conlan to delay the return of Rekindled Interest (Redoute’s Choice) but he is reportedly well forward for Saturday’s race.
The Memsie will see a number of Cups bound horses in the field including current Caulfield Cup favourite Green Moon (Montjeu) and his stablemate Midas Touch (Galileo).
Team Hawkes will also saddle two runners – Niwot (Galileo) and Maluckyday (Zabeel). Niwot won the G1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at his last start while Maluckyday, will make his return after being ruled out of the spring last year with pneumonia.
Cups king Bart Cummings has entered the German import Sanagas (Lomitas) who won the G1 Hollywood Turf Cup (2400m) in November last year. Trainer Peter Moody will saddle the Irish bred Voila Ici (Daylami) for his first Australian start. He is a G1 winner over 2400m in Italy.
Happy Trails (Grand Journey) carries good form into the race having won the G3 Spring Champion Stakes (1200m) fresh up at Morphettville on August 11 beating subsequent winner Southern Speed. The Mike Moroney trained Wall Street (Montjeu) comes into the race after contesting the Group 1 Doomben Cup in May and has placed twice at Group 1 level when racing fresh up.
Completing the field are Eagle Falls (Hussonet) and Mister Milton (Snippetson) and both gallopers have already had two pipe-openers coming into the Memsie.
The four races in NZ Bloodstock’s Caulfield Spring Weight-for-Age Championship offer $1.24 million in stakes and the ultimate winner of the Championship will receive trophies to the value of $25,000.
Last year’s New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes was won by the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year King’s Rose (Redoute’s Choice) who beat Heart of Dreams.
NZ Bloodstock’s Caulfield Spring Weight-for-Age Championship points table and race schedule can be viewed here: www.nzb.co.nz/info/other.cfm?content_id=165415