2015 Birthday Card Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

March 18th, 2015

Just nine runners have been confirmed to contest Saturday’s Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, highlighted by the inclusion of several exciting black type-winning racehorses.

Fine Bubbles is one of two Kris Lees-trained horses confirmed for Saturday's Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Fine Bubbles is one of two Kris Lees-trained horses confirmed for Saturday’s Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

2014 Golden Slipper winner Mossfun is yet to return to peak condition over two starts this time in, but is arguably offered her best chance of success yet in the 2015 Birthday Card Stakes.

Taking out each of her first three competitive starts including both the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) and Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m), Mossfun suffered her first competitive defeat when second in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) but responded in the best way possible when taking out the Golden Slipper.

Having placed sixth in each of the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) and the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) this time in, the daughter of Mossman will leave from the outside gate but has been confirmed to be partnered by in-form jockey Tommy Berry.

Talented mare Atmospherical is also yet to hit peak form this season but is weighted well at just 56.5kgs this weekend and is a leading chance of success in the 2015 Birthday Card Stakes.

Posting six wins and three minor place finishes from her 12 competitive starts so far, Atmospherical returned to racing for a credible third in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) on February 14th; boxing on for an impressive fifth in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) last time out.

Confirmed as first emergency for the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) this weekend, the Northern Meteor mare will be difficult to beat should she contest the Birthday Card Stakes.

Trainer Kris Lees has been confirmed to saddle a two-pronged attack in the 2015 Birthday Card Stakes after accepting positions in the final field for talented pair Brook Road and Fine Bubbles.

Securing four wins and as many minor place finishes over her ten start career so far, Brook Road failed to fire when eleventh in the Group 3 Wenona Girl Handicap (1200m) first-up this time, but is sure to take valuable condition from the competitive hit-out.

Allocated the wide barrier 9, Brook Road is a proven performer over the distance having taken out the Listed Travel Associates Plate (1200m) in late November.

Fine Bubbles was also unable to match the late pace when eighth in the Wenona Girl Handicap first-up, but is offered a great shot at a return to form on Saturday after drawing the ideal barrier 4 for the 2015 Birthday Card Stakes.

Beating a talented field to the line in the Group 3 Tibbie Stakes (1400m) early in the 2014 Spring Carnival, the Casino Prince mare ended her campaign a close second in the Soundscreen Handicap (1350m).

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2015 Birthday Card Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1x1121x66 MOSSFUN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 11 58kg 103
2 1x63311x35 ATMOSPHERICAL David Pfieffer Craig Williams 8 56.5kg 99
3 35x4428x9x BOUND FOR EARTH David Vandyke Blake Shinn 5 55.5kg 92
4 37151542×8 FINE BUBBLES Kris Lees Jim Cassidy 4 55.5kg 91
5 x11x2231x0 BROOK ROAD Kris Lees James McDonald 9 55.5kg 90
6 5148x0310x SHAMALIA Bart & James Cummings Hugh Bowman 10 55.5kg 89
7 222x6305x6 YGRITTE Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 2 55.5kg 77
8 67x312526x TAHNI DANCER Clinton McDonald Chad Schofield 1 55.5kg 76
9 34x1124x50 ALL SALSA Ron Quinton Sam Clipperton 3 55.5kg 72