Tristarc Stakes Field – 2016

The Final Field has been released for the 2016 Tristarc Stakes which is to be run at Caulfield racecourse on Saturday 15th, October 2016. View the Tristarc Stakes Field.


No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 FIRST SEAL John P Thompson Blake Shinn 8 58.5kg
2 TYCOON TARA Peter & Paul Snowden 3 57.5kg
3 PEARLS John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 5 57.5kg
4 FRENCH EMOTION Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 10 57.5kg
5 CATCH A FIRE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 11 57.5kg
6 DANISH TWIST Kris Lees Damien Oliver 13 56.5kg
7 VIBRANT ROUGE Michael Kent Luke Nolen 1 56.5kg
8 CORONATION SHALLAN Brett Scott Michael Walker 4 56.5kg
9 JESSY BELLE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Chris Symons 9 55kg
10 DENMAGIC David Pfieffer Tommy Berry 2 55kg
11 TELOPEA (GB) Darren Weir Craig Williams 12 55kg
12 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Zac Purton 7 55kg
13 SATYA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 6 55kg


As a host of quality three-year-olds have been making their marks this spring, one of last season’s top juveniles has been waiting in the wings building towards his own racetrack return.

On Wednesday, Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper placegetter Flying Artie gets his first chance to shine as a three-year-old in the $350,000 Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield.

After running second on debut in the Maribyrnong Plate last spring, Flying Artie returned in the autumn to win the Blue Diamond Prelude for colts and geldings before finishing second to stablemate Extreme Choice in the $1 million Group One Blue Diamond.

He was also placed in the Golden Slipper before going for a four-month break after developing sesamoiditis.

Flying Artie is the $2.20 favourite in Wednesday’s Blue Sapphire (1200m) which is the colt’s lead in to the Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington where he will meet a star-studded field including Extreme Choice.

“The horse is going great,” trainer Mick Price said.

“Flying Artie trialled behind Lankan Rupee and Azkadellia last Tuesday, finishing third, and I’m really happy with the horse’s work.”

When Price brought him back in he originally thought he might go to the Coolmore without a lead-up run but is happy to get him to the Blue Sapphire with another two weeks to the Coolmore.

“He’s a very good colt. He’ll go very close to winning,” Price said.

“The last 100 metres of raceday pressure, fitness-wise, that’s the query.

“I haven’t had any extra time with him but the time we’ve had is good.

“It will be good to see him racing. You’ll see him race well. If he gets rolled the last bit, fine, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him win.”

Damien Oliver has also been delighted with Flying Artie’s progress and believes he’s ready to run a big race.

“He had a bit longer out than the other three-year-olds but I think that may be a blessing in disguise,” Oliver said.

“He had a tough two-year-old year so it’s good to give him a bit more time and he seems to have thrived on that.”

Price also has Heptagon in the race which the trainer said was a “throw at the stumps” for the colt on the way up in a $350,000 race on his home track.

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