HC Nitschke Stakes Field – 2016

The Final Field has been released for the 2016 HC Nitschke Stakes which is to be run at Morphettville racecourse on Saturday 30th, April 2016. View the HC Nitschke Stakes Field.

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 CATCH A FIRE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Matthew Neilson 12 58kg
2 RAGEESE Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 13 56kg
3 LITTLE BITA SPUNK Matthew Brown Ms Jessica Payne (a) 1 56kg
4 AMERICAN STAR Mark Minervini Shayne Cahill 14 56kg
5 DANE THUNDER Shane Bottomley 10 56kg
6 ECLAIR ATTACK Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 5 56kg
7 BATTLE BREWING Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Clare Lindop 3 56kg
8 ATTACK THE LINE Paul Banks Jason Holder 8 56kg
9 LUCHADOR Bev Lechmere & Alisa Vermay Daniel Moor 2 56kg
10 COBBER Ryan Balfour 7 56kg
11 BEAUTIFUL FLYER Len Jarvis Joe Bowditch 4 54kg
12 SERENADE Michael Moroney Ms Jamie Kah 6 54kg
13 ANDRIOLI Robert Smerdon Dale Smith 9 54kg
14 SCRUM Tony McEvoy Paul Gatt 11 54kg



Trainer Aidan O’Brien has admitted to some doubts regarding the stamina of the Air Force Blue ahead of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

By far and away the clear form pick, he only met with defeat once in five races as a juvenile when second in the Coventry Stakes behind the Buratino who will be a rival on Saturday.

However, he turned that form around in the Phoenix Stakes and stamped himself as the leading two-year-old with a dominant display in the Dewhurst Stakes.

That was over seven furlongs (1400m) and he has another furlong to see out on his return to action.

“Obviously this will be the acid test as it’s his first run over a mile, we’ll probably learn a lot about him,” O’Brien said.

“Those seven-furlong two-year-old races are like enhanced sprints and it is a tough searching mile at Newmarket, but you’d have to be hopeful that he will get it, however, you can never be sure until they do it on the day.”

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