The Final Field has been released for the 2015 Wakeful Stakes which is to be run at Flemington on Saturday 31st, October 2015 at 12:20PM. View the Wakeful Stakes Field.
|Race 2 – 12:20PM Mumm Wakeful Stakes (2000 METRES)|
|Of $300,000.1st $180,000, 2nd $54,000, 3rd $27,000, 4th $13,500, 5th $7,500, 6th $6,000, 7th $6,000, 8th $6,000 GROUP 2
Set Weights plus Penalties, Three-Years-Old, Fillies, Apprentices cannot claim.
This race carries a SUPER VOBIS Nominators Bonus of $10,000 for qualified horses.
Field Limit: 18 + 4 EM
|1||MY POPPETTE||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||2||57kg|
|2||DAWNIE PERFECT||Clarry Conners||Jim Cassidy||4||56kg|
|3||THE GREY FLASH||Robbie Laing||5||56kg|
|4||AMBIENCE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||3||55.5kg|
|5||BELUGA BLUE||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Hugh Bowman||1||55.5kg|
|6||BENGAL CAT||John Sadler||Opie Bosson||7||55kg|
|7||LAZUMBA||Steve Richards||James Winks||9||55kg|
|8||ASHLEE MARIE||Richard Laming||Steven King||14||55kg|
|9||BANNATYNE||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||11||55kg|
|10||MUZYKA||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||13||55kg|
|11||RITZY||Anthony Cummings||Tommy Berry||8||55kg|
|12||C’EST BEAU LA VIE||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Craig Williams||6||55kg|
|13||ZARABEEL (NZ)||Leon & Troy Corstens||Stephen Baster||12||55kg|
|14||DAWN OF HOPE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||15||55kg|
|15||PRINCESS ARIA||Marc Conners||Damien Oliver||10||55kg|
In a scary thought for the opponents of Fame Game, the Melbourne Cup favourite has improved following his Australian debut at Caulfield.
Fame Game ran sixth in the Caulfield Cup on October 17 in a run that caught the attention of Racing Victoria stewards who grilled jockey Zac Purton and trainer Yoshitada Munakata after the race.
While Purton hasn’t been on his back since and the trainer returned to Japan, Munakata’s assistant Masato Tamaya, who also acts as trackrider, has been putting the stayer through his paces.
Speaking through interpreter Kosi Kawakami, Tamaya explained Fame Game came through the Caulfield Cup in excellent shape and feels he is in better order.
“The best thing I know is his action,” Tamaya said.
“Usually he gets a bit stiff and tired after the race but he wasn’t even tired after the Caulfield Cup run.
“His action is really nice and smooth.”
Tamaya and the Fame Game team was surprised with the inquiry into the run at Caulfield and he said the stayer would be ridden in a similar manner next Tuesday.
“If he is midfield, he goes through the field,” Tamaya said.
“That’s how he races. He’s not a sweeper.”
Fame Game is the $3.80 favourite for the Melbourne Cup, a quote that surprises Tamaya.
“We are surprised at the odds but at the same time the odds have nothing to do with the racing,” Tamaya said.
“We have to leave it up to the jockey and the horse at the end of the day.”
Tamaya hasn’t been paying attention to the foreign raiders in quarantine but noted Max Dynamite has been getting a lot of miles into his legs.