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.

1CATCH A FIREDavid Hayes & Tom DabernigMatthew Neilson1258kg
2RAGEESEDarren WeirBrad Rawiller1356kg
3LITTLE BITA SPUNKMatthew BrownMs Jessica Payne (a)156kg
4AMERICAN STARMark MinerviniShayne Cahill1456kg
5DANE THUNDERShane Bottomley1056kg
6ECLAIR ATTACKPhillip StokesDom Tourneur556kg
7BATTLE BREWINGLeon Macdonald & Andrew GluyasClare Lindop356kg
8ATTACK THE LINEPaul BanksJason Holder856kg
9LUCHADORBev Lechmere & Alisa VermayDaniel Moor256kg
10COBBERRyan Balfour756kg
11BEAUTIFUL FLYERLen JarvisJoe Bowditch454kg
12SERENADEMichael MoroneyMs Jamie Kah654kg
13ANDRIOLIRobert SmerdonDale Smith954kg
14SCRUMTony McEvoyPaul Gatt1154kg



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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