2010 Newcastle Spring Stakes Final Field & Preview

September 13th, 2010

In the first major mid-week meeting of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, Newcastle Racecourse will come alive this Wednesday with a bumper race day headlined by the $175,000 Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m).

The 2010 MGA Insurance Brokers Spring Stakes has drawn a final field of 16 quality three-year-olds including Golden Rose placegetter Ilovethiscity.

Trained by Grahame Begg, Magic Albert colt Ilovethiscity ran an eye-catching third to Toorak Toff last start in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) and is heading towards another Group 1 run in the Caulfield Guineas on October 9.

Desprite drawing wide with barrier 15 on Wednesday, Ilovethiscity is sure to start as one of the hot favourites at Sportsbet.

Other top chances in the 2010 Spring Stakes field include Crown Oaks hopeful Chula Vista and Peter Moody’s improving Giresun.

Many of the premier Sydney trainers will be represented in the Spring Stakes on Wednesday including the legendary Bart Cummings who has entered his Shamardal colt Goldstone for just their second career start, and Gai Waterhouse with last start winner Al Aseel and Manahara draw ideally on the rails.

The other feature race at the meeting will be the Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1300m) where Rock Kingdom, Stryker and Star Of Octagonal will face off, while the action of the Newcastle Carnival continues on Thursday with the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m).

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2010 MGA Insurance Brokers Spring Stakes Final Field & Barriers

# Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Weight (kg) Hcp. Rating
1 ILOVETHISCITY Grahame Begg Glen Boss 15 56.5 80
2 GOLDSTONE Bart Cummings Tim Clark 6 56.5 68
3 GIRESUN Peter Snowden Corey Brown 2 56.5 70
4 ZAKUMI Tim Martin Tye Angland 3 56.5 63
5 HOWDIDDYDOIT Rick Worthington Rod Quinn 12 56.5 73
6 AL ASEEL Gai Waterhouse Hugh Bowman 14 56.5 66
7 MANAHARA Gai Waterhouse Glyn Schofield 1 56.5 62
8 LONCHERO Gerald Ryan Peter Robl 16 56.5 63
9 MR HONG KONG Bob Thomsen Peter Wells 9 56.5 60
10 ALMA’S FURY Paul Murray Grant Buckley 4 56.5 68
11 KERCHINGS Anthony Cummings Christian Reith 8 56.5 61
12 DIAMOND JIM David Payne Tommy Berry (a) 13 56.5 63
13 HEARTSAREFORLOVE John P Thompson James Winks 5 54.5 64
14 WAVE DANCING Anthony Cummings Brenton Avdulla (a) 10 54.5 61
15 CHULA VISTA Anthony Cummings Jay Ford 7 54.5 71
16 SONG SHAN Anthony Cummings Tommy Berry (a) 11 54.5