2016 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Field Released

October 19th, 2016

Fifteen three-year-old fillies have been confirmed in the 2016 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic field; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting racing prospects.

I Am A Star has been confirmed in the 2016 Moonee Valley Fillies' Classic field. Photo: Jenny Barnes

I Am A Star has been confirmed in the 2016 Moonee Valley Fillies’ Classic field. Photo: Jenny Barnes

I Am A Star charged home to finish second in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) a fortnight ago and is the filly to beat on Saturday after drawing into the 2016 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic field in barrier 2.

I Am A Star has been the stable star for Mornington-based trainer Shane Nichols since she debuted in late autumn, but she has undoubtedly stepped up in class since resuming this time.

Delivering a smart field a handy defeat in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) first-up this time, the daughter of I Am Invincible progressed to fifth in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) and fourth in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m), leading into her most recent performance.

Steven King retains the ride on the talented three-year-old, who should prove tough to beat at the conditions of the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic 2016.

Godolphin will be well represented in the race after trainer John O’Shea confirmed Chipanda in the 2016 Moonee Valley Fillies’ Classic field.

Chipanda resumed this time for seventh in the Furious Stakes on September 3rd, but was completely luckless when ninth in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) second-up a fortnight later.

Having run on well for sixth in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) last time out on October 2nd, the Sepoy filly will again require luck if she is to fire from barrier 13.

Sezanne has laid a great account for herself through the grades this season but is another runner that will require luck on Saturday after drawing into the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic field in barrier 15.

Winning a pair of minor Sydney sprints over 1250m and 1200m respectively upon resuming this time, Sezanne ran a handy fourth in the Tea Rose Stakes before charging home for third in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) on October 1st.

Sezanne is in the right form to post her first black type win on Saturday and has the notable advantage of Hugh Bowman in the saddle for her Moonee Valley Fillies Classic bid.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Robbie Laing-trained Nina Peak will leave from the rails draw in the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic.

Nina Peak undoubtedly faces her biggest career test at Moonee Valley on Saturday, but the filly has placed a credible fifth in the Brief Affair Maiden Plate (1205m) and Ladbrokes Live Plate Maiden (1500m) so far this season.

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2016 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 611×1542 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Steven King 2 57kg 94
2 23511×228 LA LUNA ROSSA (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Mark Zahra 4 57kg 85
3 224×1143 SEZANNE Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 15 57kg 77
4 3x3x14x796 CHIPANDA John O’Shea James McDonald 13 57kg 72
5 8118 EXOCET Lee & Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn 5 57kg 69
6 9x21x20 STOP MAKING SENSE Ciaron Maher Luke Nolen 12 57kg 68
7 410×25 OUTBACK RAIN David Brideoake Ryan Maloney 14 57kg 65
8 1×26 ALASKAN SUN Robert Smerdon Nicholas Hall 7 57kg 63
9 21 CEYLON (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Stephen Baster 10 57kg 62
10 0x1 MITALI ASSA VEDO Andrew Noblet Ms Katelyn Mallyon 11 57kg 62
11 6310 CLASSIC DIVA Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil (a) 9 57kg 62
12 31 KHASEEB David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 3 57kg 62
13 1×0 NURSE KITCHEN (NZ) David Brideoake Kerrin McEvoy 8 57kg 63
14 43×54 NINA PEAK Robbie Laing Craig Newitt 1 57kg 59
15 608 KAMILI Nick Ryan Rhys McLeod 6 57kg 59