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 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|