2010 Challenge Stakes Final Field

March 11th, 2010

This Saturday, March 13, the $150, 000 Group 2 Ascend Sales Challenge Stakes (1000m) will run as part of the terrific line-up of races being conducted at Randwick racecourse.

The headline event at the meeting will be the $350, 000 Group 1 Randwick Guineas (race six), but earlier in the day the 2010 Challenge Stakes will also be a hotly contested affair.

Currently two top gallopers are battling for favouritism in the weight-for-age feature, Stryker and Swift Alliance. Both horses are trained by two of Australia’s premier trainers, Stryker by Chris Waller and Swift Alliance by Gai Waterhouse, and are equal favourites at $3.20 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

Fastnet Rock colt Stryker is seeking his second career victory in ten starts and is coming off some promising and consistent barrier trial wins. Stryker has drawn wide in seven on Saturday and will be ridden by Jim Cassidy as he kicks off his autumn campaign.

Stryker looked set to strike the big time last spring when he ran a gallant third to Denman in the Golden Rose, but a minor muscle injury saw the youngster spelled. Up against a field of older horses in the Challenge Stakes, Stryker has had to miss the lucrative three-year-old races this autumn but his run on Saturday will determine where he heads next.

Swift Alliance has the advantage of barrier one in the Challenge Stakes, the four-year-old son of Don Eduardo looking to improve on his lacklustre tenth place in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate back on February 20.

Six-year-old Typhoon Zed has been installed as the third elect at $4.20. The dual Group 1 winner is prepared by Tim Martin and has drawn the far outside barrier eight.

Also worth keeping an eye on is Dorf Command jumping from gate six. Currently at $10 for a win, the Clarry Conners-trained mare is coming off an impressive last start victory at Warwick Farm and could cause an upset on Saturday.

The 2010 Challenge Stakes is scheduled as race four at 2:50pm at the meeting’s cracker eight-event programme.

Aside from the Group 1 Randwick Guineas and the Group 2 Challenge Stakes, other highlights on the card at Randwick for Saturday are the three Group 3 races – Sweet Embrace Stakes, Skyline Stakes and the Randwick City Stakes.

2010 Challenge Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw:

#

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Br.

Weight (kg)

1
TYPHOON ZED
Tim Martin Hugh Bowman 8 58.5
2
SWIFT ALLIANCE
Gai Waterhouse Joshua Parr 1 58.5
3
FRIDAY CREEK
Anne-Maree Robinson Damien Oliver 2 58.5
4
DORF COMMAND
Clarry Conners Tommy Berry 6 56.5
5
FANTENE
Grahame Begg Blake Shinn 4 56.5
6
DE LIGHTNING RIDGE
Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 5 56.5
7
STRYKER
Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 7 56
8
WINTER KING (NZ)
David Payne Brad Pengelly 3 56