The John O’Shea trained two year old Souchez has drawn nicely at barrier two in the Group 2 $250,000 Mitavite BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.
Souchez is coming off a last start third to Winning Rupert in the Group 2 $175,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben on May 14 and James McDonald should be able give the Lonhro colt the run of the race from the inside draw in the fourteen horse field.
Honk Kong based jockey Zac Purton takes the ride on Kiwi youngster Sacred Elixir who was handed the visitor’s draw, coming up with barrier twelve.
The Tony Pike trained Sacred Elixir created a huge impression at his first Australian start when he won the Bundaberg Rum Two Year Old Handicap (1400m) at the Sunshine Coast on May 11.
Bruce Sherwin, spokesman for the gelding’s owners Raffles Racing, has reported that Sacred Elixir has come through his run at the Sunshine Coast in fine order and is looking forward to seeing the gelding progress onto the Group 1 $600,000 BMW J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 11.
“Everything has gone well with him since Caloundra and the 1350 metres on Saturday fits very well going forward to the 1600 of the J.J. Atkins,” Sherwin told The Informant.
“That’s his target and Tony is very happy with him.”
The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Attention has drawn midfield at barrier six with Blake Shinn to ride and looks to be one of the main chances after finishing strongly last start to run second to Winning Rupert in the Champagne Classic.
Dreams Aplenty is one of two runners trainer John Zielke will saddle up in the BRC Sire’s Produce Stakes and the gelding is coming off a last start fourth in the Champagne Classic after setting the pace.
Comeback jockey Bobby El-Izza takes the ride and Dreams Aplenty will jump from barrier nine.
Zielke’s other runner Royal Tithe is racing in great form with wins from her last two starts in a 1350m two year old Handicap at Doomben on March 5 followed by a win in the Group 3 $125,000 Jaguar XJ Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on May 7.
Royal Tithe has drawn awkwardly at barrier thirteen with regular rider apprentice Luke Dittman is in the saddle again.
Oink finished second to Royal Tithe at the Gold Coast and will be running on again from back in the field after drawing barrier ten.
BTC Cup winning jockey Glen Colless takes over the reins on Oink from Paul Hammerlsey.
Warwick Farm trainer Bjorn Baker has brought last start Randwick winner Cadogan to Brisbane but the Smart Missile colt has the job ahead after drawing the outside barrier.
Chris Waller will saddle up Earth who has drawn barrier eleven with Brad Rawiller to ride and Gai Waterhouse will be represented with the Real Saga filly Sylpheed who has drawn barrier three with Doomben Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy aboard.
BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3 Souchez, $6.50 Cadogan, $7 Attention, $8 Sacred Elixir, Sylpheed, $14 Nikitas, Candika, Royal Tithe, $19 Oink, $21 Dreams Aplenty, $26 Crack Me Up, $31 Earth, $41 Zendaye, $81 Meet And Greet.