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It’s Somewhat at top of A.D. Hollindale Stakes field

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Doncaster Mile winner It’s Somewhat sits at the top of the field for the Group 2 $358,000 Attwood Marshall A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

It's Somewhat, above, heads the field for the A.D. Holllindale Stakes at the Gold Coast. Photo by Steve Hart.

It’s Somewhat, above, heads the field for the A.D. Holllindale Stakes at the Gold Coast. Photo by Steve Hart.

The John O’Shea trained It’s Somewhat has drawn barrier three in the twelve horse field and will be ridden by Tye Angland who takes over from Zac Purton who steered the six year old to an all the way win in the Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 1.

It’s Somewhat is racing in outstanding form and a win in the A.D. Hollindale Stakes will rack up a hat trick after he scored a first up win two starts back in the Group 2 $200,000 Hyland Ajax Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 11.

The powerful Chris Waller stable will saddle up two runners in the feature weight for age race with multiple Group 1 winner Preferment and the consistent McCreery.

Preferment has had a short break since finishing tenth to Winx in the Group 1 $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on February 25 and has drawn the rails with Hugh Bowman to ride.

McCreery has been performing well at Group 1 level without figuring in the major prizemoney and is coming off a last start fourth to Tivaci in the Group 1 $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 15.

Brisbane’s premiership pacesetter Jeff Lloyd takes the ride on McCreery who will jump from gate five.

Last start Toowoomba Cup winner Cylinder Beach will be flying the flag for the locals and the Desleigh Forster trained four year old will jump from barrier four with Jim Byrne in the saddle.

Rudy, who is trained at the Gold Coast by Helen Page, will also be vying for a home town victory and has drawn around the middle of the field at barrier seven with Robbie Fradd to ride.

The Nick Olive trained Single Haze showed that she is back in contention to feature in the major races over the Winter Carnival with a last start win in the Listed $100,000 Mandate Tails Stakes (1600m) at Doomben on April 22.

Regular rider Kathy O’Hara will be in the saddle again and Single Gaze will get a nice run from barrier six.

Sense Of Occasion has drawn out wide at barrier nine but appears to be one of the main chances if he can maintain his Sydney Autumn Carnival form that saw him run third at his last two starts at Randwick in the Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) and in the Group 1 $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

Corey Brown will be aboard the Kris Lees trained six year old again in the A.D. Hollindale Stakes.

2017 Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 53x4313x11 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea Tye Angland 3 59kg 115
2 0x4540x60x PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 59kg 116
3 1454x12x33 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Corey Brown 9 59kg 109
4 51162×1564 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Jeff Lloyd 5 59kg 107
5 290×121171 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) Desleigh Forster Jim Byrne 4 59kg 105
6 15159028×3 MAURUS (GB) John P Thompson Damian Browne 8 59kg 102
7 0x5474x343 RUDY Helen Page Robbie Fradd 7 59kg 102
8 x31215x0x0 ARTICUS (FR) Darren Weir 12 59kg 102
9 7023646474 SHOREHAM Les Kelly 10 59kg 87
10 858x640x80 SAKHEE’S SOLDIER (NZ) David Kelly Luke Dittman 11 59kg 99
11 2211Fx7031 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 6 57kg 108
12 x540417x12 COL ’N’ LIL Ben Currie Josh Oliver 2 57kg 98

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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