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||–|