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.
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|