Kewney Stakes Field – 2016

The Final Field has been released for the 2016 Kewney Stakes which is to be run at Flemington on Saturday 12th, March 2016 at 3:10PM. View the Kewney Stakes Field.


No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 PASADENA GIRL (NZ) Peter G Moody Glen Boss 13 55.5kg
2 DON’T DOUBT MAMMA Tony McEvoy Dwayne Dunn 16 55.5kg
3 BADAWIYA Mick Price Craig Newitt 2 55.5kg
4 CATCH A FIRE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Damian Lane 4 55.5kg
5 MOSSIN’ AROUND John P Thompson Blake Shinn 1 55.5kg
6 INDARRA (NZ) Robert Smerdon Mark Zahra 7 55.5kg
7 BENGAL CAT John Sadler Damien Oliver 9 55.5kg
8 JACQUI’S JOY (NZ) Mitchell Beer & Max Hinton Patrick Moloney 15 55.5kg
9 LABDIEN Chris Waller Ben Melham 12 55.5kg
10 CANA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 14 55.5kg
11 SEMPRE LIBERA Robert Smerdon Nicholas Hall 10 55.5kg
12 EGYPT Mark Kavanagh Craig Williams 8 55.5kg
13 LOPARTEGA Doug Harrison Ibrahim Gundogdu 6 55.5kg
14 DANIELA ROSA Michael Moroney Jake Noonan 3 55.5kg
15 MISS WILSON Simon Morrish Ms Michelle Payne 5 55.5kg
16 LET HER RIP (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Hugh Bowman 11 55.5kg


Robbie Griffiths doubts whether The Quarterback is getting enough weight from established Group One stars in the Newmarket Handicap but the trainer hopes a return to his favourite track will help his cause.

The Quarterback has 52kg in Saturday’s Group One 1200m-sprint at Flemington with two-time Newmarket-winning jockey Craig Newitt to ride.

Triple Group One winner Chautauqua has 58kg with 2014 Darley Classic winner Terravista to carry 56.5kg and Coolmore Stud Stakes-winning three-year-old Japonisme 52.5kg.

That trio fought out a thrilling Lightning Stakes at Flemington last month with Chautauqua a narrow winner over Terravista and Japonime third.

“It’s a relatively compressed scale so he probably needs more relief than he’s got, but it is what it is,” Griffiths said.

“We’ve just got to deal with that and hope that there’s enough in him to rise to the occasion.”

The Quarterback pleased Griffiths with his last-start sixth in the Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield.

After settling last, The Quarterback reeled off the fastest closing splits in the race to finish two lengths from the winner Flamberge.

“I thought his closing sectionals were fantastic and I think his form at Flemington is outstanding,” Griffiths said.

“Going back to that track that he’s had such a good record at, and the extra 100 metres on top of the Oakleigh Plate, you’d think it should be a really good race for him to run well in.

“The hardest part is it’s hard to be super confident in a Newmarket because of the strength of the race.”

The Quarterback has three 1000m wins down the Flemington straight, including two at Listed level.

“I’ve always thought now he’s a bit older the 1200 down the straight at Flemington in a Newmarket with a light weight would always be probably his best chance at a big race in Melbourne,” Griffiths said.

“Hopefully it works out like that. It’s a crackerjack race with those superstars in it, but that’s what Newmarkets get in them.”

Chautauqua is the $2.50 favourite ahead of Japonisme ($4.50), Terravista ($6) and Darley Classic winner Delectation ($8).

The Quarterback is at $26 with acceptances taken on Wednesday.

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