The Final Field has been released for the 2016 TAB Rewards Stakes which is to be run at Flemington on Saturday 5th, March 2016 at 3:10PM. View the TAB Rewards Stakes Field.
|1||LEEBAZ (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||10||58.5kg|
|2||PUCCINI (NZ)||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||3||58kg|
|3||RED BOMBER||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||5||57.5kg|
|4||BURNING FRONT||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||4||57kg|
|5||BIG MEMORY (FR)||Tony McEvoy||Damien Oliver||6||56.5kg|
|6||DAN ZEPHYR||Pat Carey||Michael Dee (a)||1||54kg|
|7||MIGHTY LIKE||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||7||54kg|
|8||ZEBRINZ||Leon & Troy Corstens||Ben Melham||9||54kg|
|9||HENWOOD (NZ)||John Sadler||Glen Boss||8||54kg|
|10||GENERAL GROOVE||Leon & Troy Corstens||Stephen Baster||2||54kg|
Another Valley and Ever So Natural have booked their tickets to the $400,000 Country Championship at Randwick by running one-two in the Taree heat of the series.
Prepared by veteran trainer Bob Milligan and ridden by Grant Buckley, Another Valley ($12) wore down the leaders to claim Ever So Natural ($7) by 1-1/2 lengths in Sunday’s qualifier.
Ever So Natural’s trainer Cliff Bashford also had the $2.20 race favourite Ocean Grand who beat just one runner home.
Milligan’s son Glenn said Another Valley had earned a chance at the final.
“If we got beaten today she was going to the paddock but you’ve got to have a crack when the money’s there,” Milligan told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
“I was a bit worried when she was tardy away but she’s just getting better and better.
“She is only a baby being a three-year-old.”
The Taree qualifiers join Saturday’s Wagga winner Steakandbearnaise and runner-up Mitchell Road.
Steakandbearnaise is trained by Brett Cavanough at Albury while Mitchell Road is from Chris Heywood’s Wagga stable.
The final is at Randwick on April 2.