Country Championship Final Field – 2015

The Final Field has been released for the 2015 Country Championship Final which is to be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday 4th, April 2015 at 11.00AM. View the Country Championship Final Field.

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Of $291,000.1st $150,000, 2nd $68,000, 3rd $36,000, 4th $16,000, 5th $8,000, 6th $4,000, 7th $2,250, 8th $2,250, 9th $2,250, 10th $2,250 SPECIAL CONDITION
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No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 BINALONG ROAD Mack Griffith Hugh Bowman 15 59kg
2 WITHOUT A SHADOW Nick Olive Tye Angland 23 57kg
3 VOODOO LAD Rodney Northam James McDonald 16 56kg
4 TARANGOWER Paul Messara Joao Moreira 19 56kg
5 ARTLEE Todd Willan Mitchell Bell 22 56kg
6 REDWOLF Alan Ryan Matthew McGuren (a) 21 56kg
7 KAREEM’S EDGE Paul Smith Zac Purton 10 56kg
8 DANE DE LAGO Peter Nestor Kody Nestor 2 56kg
9 YES ZARIZ Bruce Parker Greg Ryan 4 56kg
10 EXPLOSIVE SCENE Marc Quinn Damien Oliver 3 56kg
11 LOVED UP Brett Cavanough Richard Bensley 24 55.5kg
12 JUST A BLUR Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones Sam Clipperton 7 54kg
13 YET TOBE CONVINCED Scott Spackman Ms Kathy O’Hara 12 54kg
14 ROSE’S SONG Steven O’Brien Kerrin McEvoy 9 54kg
15 SHEZA GYPSY Michael Byers Blake Spriggs 1 54kg
16 HOLLYWOOD NELL Peter W Stanley Michael Travers 14 54kg
17e HIGH OPINION Chris Heywood 20 56kg
18e APISTANNA Brett Thompson 13 56kg
19e WINGS Graeme Spackman 18 54kg
20e IN A WINK Greg Bennett Brenton Avdulla 17 54kg
21e BECAUSE WE ALL CAN Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones 6 54kg
22e HULA GIRL Paddy Cunningham 11 54kg
23e MARMADUKE’S LADY Graeme Shultz 8 54kg
24e PLAYING GAME Dar Lunn 5 54kg


A year after he won his first Sires’ Produce Stakes with Peggy Jean, trainer Gerald Ryan is looking to double up with Perignon.

The filly will be ridden by Hong Kong-based Australian Zac Purton who will come to Sydney in Group One form after riding the Paul O’Sullivan-trained Aerovelocity to win the Takamatsunomiya Kinen in Japan on Sunday.

Ryan believes the 1400 metres of Saturday’s $1 million Sires’ Produce at Randwick will suit Perignon who has had a tendency to get back in her races and finish off strongly.

“You don’t know until you try them over the distance,” Ryan said.

“But I think she will be better over 1400 metres. She worked very well on Saturday morning and Zac Purton will ride.”

After Perignon flashed home to finish a half head second to Speak Fondly in the Magic Night Stakes the decision was made to bypass the Golden Slipper to concentrate on the Sires’.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Speak Fondly subsequently ran 11th in the Slipper, five lengths behind her stablemate Vancouver.

Blue Diamond Stakes winner Pride Of Dubai is the favourite for the Sires’ with trainers Peter and Paul Snowden also happy to have missed the Slipper.

“We could have run him in the Slipper but he would have had two really hard runs in the space of three weeks and I dare say it might have been the finish of him,” Paul Snowden said.

“This way we’ve got a fresh horse on our hands, tackling a Group One and it ticks a lot of boxes.”

Ryan will start debut winner Redzel in the other two-year-old race on Saturday’s program, the Group Three Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) with Hugh Bowman to ride.

Like Perignon, Redzel is by Snitzel who Ryan trained to win the 2006 Oakleigh Plate. The trainer has continued his association with Snitzel’s progeny.

Washington Heights, who finished second to Hallowed Crown in the 2014 Kindergarten, runs in the Carbine Club Stakes (1600m).

The colt has had two starts back from an operation to remove a bone chip from a knee, running third over 1100 metres at Rosehill before an unlucky sixth in the Listed Sebring (1200m).

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