Final Field & Barrier Draw Released For 2011 Sapphire Stakes

April 6th, 2011

The 2011 Sapphire Stakes is scheduled to run as Race 8 at Randwick Racecourse this Saturday April 9, 2011, and the final field and barrier draw for the race has been announced today.

The Group 2 Sapphire Stakes is worth $175,000 and will be run under set-weight plus penalties conditions.

Open to three-years-old and upwards fillies and mares only, the 2011 Sapphire Stakes is due to jump at 4.20pm (AEST).

David Pfieffer’s Graceful Anna has accepted for the 2011 Sapphire Stakes final field.

Graceful Anna will be hoping she can make amends for her disappointing run in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic on March 19, 2011, where she finished 14th out of just 15 runners.

Despite this slip up, the four-year-old mare has had a successful preparation, finishing a gallant second in three Group races.

Graceful Anna has won six of her 16 race starts, including the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Trophy, and has accrued close to $1 million in prize money.

The Canny Lad mare has drawn barrier 10 for the 2011 Sapphire Stakes and will be ridden by jockey Hugh Bowman.

Also included in the 2011 Sapphire Stakes final field is Kris Lees’ Zingaling.

Zingaling won her last start in the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes at Rosehill on March 26, 2011, and will be attempting to post her second Group level victory in the 2011 Sapphire Stakes.

Kris Lees is full of admiration for her top-class sprinter.

“She is a tough honest mare who always gives her best,” she said.

Zingaling will be ridden by jockey Jim Cassidy in Saturday’s race and will jump from the wide gate of 12.

John Thompson’s Marquardt, Peter Snowden’s Trim and Grahame Begg’s Purrpurrlena have also been confirmed as members of the 2011 Sapphire Stakes final field.

2011 Sapphire Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1340X92220 GRACEFUL ANNA David Pfieffer Hugh Bowman 10 56.5kg 104
2 2310X833X1 ZINGALING Kris Lees Jim Cassidy 12 56.5kg 98
3 21X7137X40 MARQUARDT (NZ) John P Thompson Jim Byrne 9 56.5kg 96
4 X71562X530 TRIM Peter Snowden 3 56.5kg 93
5 11X189317X DYSPHONIA Peter Snowden 5 56kg 96
6 02367X8338 DORF COMMAND Clarry Conners Dwayne Dunn 7 56kg 95
7 2727X3123X KANZAN Peter Snowden 13 56kg 93
8 12610X2115 OFCOURSEICAN Ron Quinton Christian Reith 6 56kg 90
9 32X331X572 PURRPURRLENA Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 2 55kg 96
10 12X7113X42 LADYS ANGEL Joseph Pride Tim Clark 4 55kg 88
11 243X425X97 HURTLE MYRTLE Matthew Smith 14 54kg 93
12 26X3126423 FLYING SUCCESS Gai Waterhouse Glen Boss 8 54kg 89
13 0X751330X4 KIMILLSY Kim Waugh Corey Brown 11 54kg 86
14 49134X1120 TURNSTILES (NZ) Anthony Cummings Craig Williams 1 54kg 86