The final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Group 2 Expressway Stakes has been released, with talented miler Boban confirmed to make an attempt on a sixth straight victory.
Undefeated in five starts throughout the 2013 Spring Carnival, the four-year-old Berndardini gelding claimed his first success at the top flight of Australian racing in the Group 1 Star Epsom Handicap (1600m) before closing his campaign in style with a dominant win over Smokin’ Joey and Speediness in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).
Chris Waller-trained runners are poised to dominate the running of the 2014 Expressway Stakes, with Sizzling and Moriarty also appearing in the Group 2 final field.
Sizzling transferred to the care of Waller over the summer after two years under Queensland-based trainer Kelso Wood, and will be aiming to start his Melbourne tenure in winning fashion.
In 21 competitive stars the four-year-old son of Snitzel has claimed seven wins, however is yet to taste success outside of Queensland and is expected to build from a disappointed 2013 Spring carnival.
Classy import Moriarty tasted reasonable success in Britain and Ireland before moving to the Rosehill stables of Waller and capped a decent 2013 Spring Carnival placing third behind Side Glance and Dear Demi in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).
As expected, Her Majesty The Queen of England-owned Carlton House will also line up for the 2014 Expressway Stakes.
Making only his second appearance under the care of Gai Waterhouse since arriving in Australia a year ago, the Street Cry entire will be hopeful of returning to the form previously shown in his European career that peaked with a close second to So You Think in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales Stakes (2011m) in 2012.
A total of 11 runners have been included in the final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Expressway Stakes, to run at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
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2014 Expressway Stakes Final Field
|#||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||229x11111x||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||1||58.5kg||116|
|2||44220x136x||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||Tim Clark||9||58.5kg||110|
|3||41x041503x||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Adam Hyeronimus (late alt)||2||58.5kg||109|
|4||x124x46x0x||CARLTON HOUSE (USA)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||3||58.5kg||108|
|5||5x307115x2||HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME||Jim Litt||Jay Ford||6||58.5kg||108|
|6||74x29x455x||PINWHEEL||Peter Snowden||Christian Reith||10||58.5kg||108|
|7||131x14423x||SPEEDINESS||Colin Scott||James McDonald||7||58.5kg||108|
|8||5617x7547x||SIZZLING||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||11||58.5kg||103|
|9||41132624×1||RIVER LAD||Natalie Mccall||Joshua Parr||8||58.5kg||102|
|10||x24117x94x||APPEARANCE||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||4||56.5kg||114|
|11||123x63111x||ANY DAY WILL DO||Guy Walter||Sam Clipperton (a)||5||56.5kg||88|