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.
|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|
|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.”