It’s A Dundeel Heads 2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Field

April 24th, 2013

Autumn star It’s A Dundeel will get the chance to chase a fourth straight Group 1 win on Saturday when he heads the field for the 2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.

The three-year-old dominated all before him to claim the Sydney 3YO triple crown and is certain to start a short-priced favourite this weekend.

Trainer Murray Baker has described him as one of the best he has trained and many experts are labelling him a potential champion.

His star status will reach new heights this weekend if he can defeat the older horses and one of his top rivals is Peter Moody-trained import Manighar.

Manighar was one of last autumn’s top performers but has failed to show the same spark this year. But Moody is confident he is ready to produce a big performance after he ran on with promise for fourth in the George Ryder Stakes.

It’s A Dundeel isn’t the only talented Kiwi in the race and is joined in the field by quality mares Silent Achiever and Zurella.

Silent Achiever is coming off a strong second in the BMW while Zurella will need to improve considerably from a disappointing Easter Handicap run in New Zealand.

There is no shortage of quality in the nine-horse field with a number of Group 1 winners included such as Happy Trails, Glass Harmonium and Secret Admirer.

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No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 123x26x004 MANIGHAR (FR) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 9 59kg 116
2 x3744x28x6 RELIABLE MAN (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2 59kg 114
3 7x4902x250 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney Steven Arnold 1 59kg 110
4 121501×990 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Glyn Schofield 4 59kg 110
5 314x4315x0 LAMASERY David Vandyke Peter Robl 8 59kg 107
6 6x414x2452 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James Tommy Berry 7 57kg 112
7 235033×548 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg Blake Shinn 6 57kg 110
8 2x1706x350 ZURELLA (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Craig Newitt 3 57kg 100
9 11127×4111 IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ) Murray Baker Michael Rodd 5 55.5kg 115