Country Championships Final Field – 2016

The Final Field has been released for the 2016 Country Championships Final which is to be run at Randwick racecourse on Saturday 2nd, April 2016. View the Country Championships Final Field.


No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 LOFTY’S MENU John Bateman Blake Shinn 13 59kg
2 PROFILER Stephen Lee 17 59kg
3 CLEARLY INNOCENT Greg Bennett Tommy Berry 2 57.5kg
4 PERA PERA Mack Griffith Hugh Bowman 12 57.5kg
5 CHRYSOLAUS Jane Clement Ms Rachael Murray 14 57.5kg
6 ALL SUMMER LONG Greg Bennett James McDonald 19 56kg
7 EVER SO NATURAL Cliff Bashford Damien Oliver 16 56kg
8 BANK ON HENRY Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones Mathew Cahill 21 56kg
9 MITCHELL ROAD Chris Heywood Ms Lily Coombe (a) 22 56kg
10 STEAKANDBEARNAISE (NZ) Brett Cavanough Ms Kayla Nisbet (a) 3 56kg
11 IRON BLUE Cameron Crockett Glyn Schofield 8 56kg
12 SOMETHING BORROWED Justin W Stanley Aaron Bullock 4 56kg
13 NOT A SHADOW Peter Nestor Ms Kathy O’Hara 9 56kg
14 ASHJATA Danny Williams 23 54kg
15 ULTIMATE DREAMER Jim Jarvis Zac Purton 5 54kg
16 ANOTHER VALLEY Bob Milligan Grant Buckley 6 54kg
17e HERMOSA BEACH Matthew Dale 7 54kg
18e CARTON (NZ) Matthew Dunn 15 56kg
19e ANOTHER RUSH Brett Cavanough 11 56kg
20e AFTER ALL THAT Rodney Northam 1 56kg
21e MARMADUKE’S LADY Graeme Shultz 10 54kg
22e HEZA THIEF Ken Parsons 20 56kg
23e FAREWELL JULIA Clint Lundholm 18 54kg



Singapore-based Australian jockey Corey Brown will find his return for the Doncaster Mile less demanding than his last trip home.

Brown will ride Volkstok’n’barrell at 52.5kg in Saturday’s Group One race at Randwick after stripping down to 50kg for his most recent return to ride Ghisoni in the Coolmore Classic on March 12.

His weight has stabilised in Singapore during the past 12 months and he walks around at 52kg to 52.5kg most days of the week.

“Travelling from Singapore back home I’ve got to lose the weight before I get on the plane, so this week it certainly makes life a lot easier,” Brown said.

In second place on the Singapore jockeys’ premiership, Brown will ride at Kranji on Friday night before catching a midnight flight to Sydney.

Brown returns to Singapore on Sunday to partner rising star Spalato in the Kranji Sprint.

The jockey, who replaced an injured Michael Rodd on the gelding, has ridden Spalato to victory at his only two rides on the six-year-old.

Brown was only confirmed as the rider for Volkstok’n’barrell on Monday following Chris Waller’s decision to run Vanburgh in Saturday’s ATC Australian Derby.

“I had to wait until Chris made his decision and Donna was good enough to wait, so I’m pretty happy to pick up the ride,” Brown said.

“Reading through his form he’s a nice horse and that’s without looking at his videos.

“She said he’s done very, very well and in terrific form.

“We haven’t spoken in depth about him, but from what she told me, it didn’t take much convincing for me to make the trip over.”

Brown has 41 Group One victories but is yet to win the Doncaster.

However, he has enjoyed 1600m Group One success at Randwick including the 2003 Epsom Handicap on Clangalang, two George Main Stakes and a Flight Stakes.

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