A talented field of eight sprinters has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured 2016 Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Autumn Carnival’s most exciting racing prospects.
River Lad has been transferred to the care of Kris Lees for the 2016 Autumn Carnival and has been charged with overcoming the outside barrier 8 in the 2016 Expressway Stakes.
Posting a career total of thirteen wins and eleven minors through 42 competitive starts so far, River Lad undoubtedly found his best form to date through a standout 2014 Winter Carnival campaign; winning the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) before taking out the featured Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).
Returning that spring for fourth in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m), the Top Echelon gelding failed to make anything of an impact in his next two starts and returned for only one race in 2015.
Having boxed on for sixth in the Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) on January 8th, River Lad is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from the run and will be partnered by Christian Reith on Saturday.
Tiger Tees has drawn ideally on the rails for the 2016 Expressway Stakes and will be very hard to beat with leading hoop Hugh Bowman aboard.
A Group 1 winner having taken out the 2014 edition of The Galaxy (1100m), Tiger Tees has won thirteen of his 35 career starts so far; running in the minors a further six times.
Resuming in spring for fifth in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m), the Dubawi gelding placing sixth in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) on October 23rd but failed to handle the late going when eighth in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) on November 7th.
Pleased with the residual fitness held by the horse, trainer Joe Pride is confident Tiger Tees will be tough to beat in the Expressway Stakes.
Godolphin Australia are not without a chance in the 2016 Expressway Stakes after John O’Shea confirmed Generalife in the final field.
A strong and consistent performer through his entire racing career so far, Generalife returned in 2015 for success in the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m); progressing to fifth in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) before placing third in each of the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m).
Clearly needing the run when sixth in the Premiere Stakes in spring, the Lonhro gelding ran fifth in the Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) on October 31st before placing second in the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) on November 14th.
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2016 Expressway Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||11x400x0x6||RIVER LAD||Kris Lees||Christian Reith||8||58.5kg||108|
|2||12x80x568x||TIGER TEES (NZ)||Joseph Pride||Hugh Bowman||1||58.5kg||108|
|3||x1533x652x||GENERALIFE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||6||58.5kg||106|
|4||1x111x130x||OUR BOY MALACHI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||4||58.5kg||106|
|5||911x9607x3||BIG MONEY||Rodney Northam||Robert Thompson||2||58.5kg||104|
|6||561143121x||FORGET||Kim Waugh||Blake Shinn||3||58.5kg||100|
|7||0x120x281x||SOLICIT||Gerald Ryan||Tye Angland||5||56.5kg||104|
|8||212×48||KING’S TROOP||Gerald Ryan||–||7||55kg||78|