2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

April 5th, 2016

A talented and capacity field of sixteen fillies and mares and two emergencies has been confirmed for Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick; highlighted by the inclusion of several previous winners at the highest level of racing.

Suavito has been confirmed in the 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes field. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Suavito has been confirmed in the 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes field. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Suavito failed to match the late pace when ninth in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) but will relish a return to her pet distance of a mile and fillies and mares’ company in the 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes.

Returning this year for a second win at the highest level in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m), Suavito charged home to finish third in her defence of the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) in her only other start prior to the Australian Cup.

A jockey is yet to be confirmed to ride the Thorn Park mare in the 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes, who will require some luck in transit from barrier 15.

Politeness could very well receive the run of the race from barrier 4 in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes and will be tough to beat in the race at the conditions.

Undoubtedly finding career-best form to date during the recent Spring Carnival, Politeness returned for consecutive race wins in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m).

Given little chance of success in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m), the Street Sense mare more than displayed her class with a huge late turn of foot to post a maiden win at the highest level.

Having finished an agonizingly-close second to Turn Me Loose in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) a week later, Politeness was not suited to the conditions of the Coolmore Classic last time but will represent plenty of value to win the Queen Of The Turf Stakes.

Zanbagh has returned to racing in exceptional form this time and figures as a great chance of success in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes from barrier 6, with leading hoop Blake Shinn in the saddle.

Having twice finished second in Group 1 feature races, Zanbagh immediately responded when transferred to John Thompson’s stables in spring; posting her first win in more than 18 months.

Running fourth in the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) before failing to fire in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) in December, the Bernardini resumed this time for second in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) on February 27th.

Overcoming a block for a credible fifth in the Coolmore Classic, Zanbagh will carry winning form into the Queen Of The Turf Stakes after taking out the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) in a commanding display on March 26th.

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2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 11x117x139 SUAVITO (NZ) Nigel Blackiston Luke Currie 15 57kg 112
2 0x1112x270 POLITENESS Robert Smerdon 4 57kg 108
3 12123×2123 AZKADELLIA (NZ) Ciaron Maher Damien Oliver 9 57kg 107
4 291410×341 MISS ROSE DE LAGO Danny O’Brien James McDonald 8 57kg 104
5 x113x00xL2 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 2 57kg 104
6 49x149x251 ZANBAGH John P Thompson Blake Shinn 6 57kg 102
7 0513310×09 CASINO DANCER Mike Van Gestel Sam Clipperton 7 57kg 100
8 2x14111x41 ARTISTRY Peter & Paul Snowden Thomas Huet 14 57kg 99
9 5460×44914 VERGARA Anthony Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 57kg 98
10 3x43175x38 CORONATION SHALLAN Brett Scott Daniel Stackhouse 12 57kg 95
11 x4740x6685 SLIGHTLY SWEET Jason Coyle Jason Collett 17 57kg 93
12 130×223112 HEAVENS ABOVE Tim Martin 3 57kg 92
13 9x11x33x57 LADY LE FAY (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 10 57kg 89
14 x217113x14 BADAWIYA Mick Price Craig Newitt 18 54.5kg 97
15 x25444x3N8 PASADENA GIRL (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 16 54.5kg 95
16 x61211x138 RISQUE (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Damian Lane 5 54.5kg 95
17e 49x9700x72 SUPARA Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 11 57kg 83
18e 11437 ASINARA John O’Shea Tim Clark 13 54.5kg 77