2016 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

May 25th, 2016

Fourteen two-year-olds have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) at Doomben Racecourse, highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Brisbane Winter Carnival’s most exciting prospects.

Souchez has been confirmed in the 2016 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes field. Photo: Steve Hart

Souchez has been confirmed in the 2016 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes field. Photo: Steve Hart

Souchez remains early favourite to win the Group 1 JJ Aktins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 11th, and has been confirmed for a final lead-up run in the 2016 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes field.

Souchez immediately stamped himself as a colt to follow upon debuting to racing for success in the Schweppes Plate (1100m) on December 19th, and was returned to the paddock with a view towards autumn and winter targets.

Resuming this year for third in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) on February 27th, the Lonhro colt charged home to deliver a talented field a comfortable defeat in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) on March 12th.

Having run on for a credible third in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) a fortnight ago, Souchez will be partnered by leading Godolphin hoop James McDonald and will leave from the ideal barrier 2 this weekend.

The local contingent of runners confirmed in the 2016 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes field is strong, and arguably led by the Kelso Wood-trained Nikitas and the Kelly Schweida-trained Oink.

Nikitas immediately stamped himself as one to watch with an impressive win in the Canadian Club Handicap (1200m) on debut on December 5th before making a commendable transition to black type company when third in the Group 3 McLachlan Stakes (1200m) on Boxing Day.

Returning to the paddock after finishing a pleasing second behind Capitalist in the Magic Millions 2.y.o Guineas (1200m) on January 9th, the Snitzel colt is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from a first-up run for eighth in the Champagne Classic.

Nikitas could very well receive the run of the race from barrier 5 on Saturday and has been confirmed to be partnered by regular hoop Michael Cahill.

Oink is yet to finish outside the first three through an impressive four start career so far but will undoubtedly require luck in running in the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes after drawing barrier 10.

Running second in the Winning Edge Presentations Handicap (1050m) on debut in late February, Oink charged home to beat a classy field to the line in the Sqs Haulage Handicap (1050m) on April 9th.

Having since finished third in the Rent 2 Own Card Australia Plate (1000m) and second in the Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Plate (1200m), the Sebring gelding will be partnered by Glen Colless for the first time competitively on Saturday.

The John and Chris Meagher-trained Meet And Greet will leave from the rails draw in the 2016 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, while Cadogan has been charged with overcoming the outside barrier.

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2016 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 132×8 NIKITAS Kelso Wood Michael Cahill 5 57kg
2 1x31x3 SOUCHEZ John O’Shea James McDonald 2 57kg
3 2×7102 ATTENTION Peter & Paul Snowden 6 57kg
4 2132 OINK Kelly Schweida Glen Colless 10 57kg
5 9×219 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Liam Birchley Damian Browne 7 57kg
6 216×1 SACRED ELIXIR (NZ) Tony Pike Zac Purton 12 57kg
7 124 DREAMS APLENTY John Zielke Bobby El-Issa 9 57kg
8 531 CADOGAN Bjorn Baker 14 57kg
9 413 MEET AND GREET John & Chris Meagher 1 57kg
10 2×537 EARTH Chris Waller Brad Rawiller 11 57kg
11 4×61 ZENDAYE Desleigh Forster Ryan Wiggins 8 57kg
12 113×36 CANDIKA Steven O’dea Paul Hammersley 4 55kg
13 223121×1 ROYAL TITHE John Zielke Luke Dittman (a) 13 55kg
14 132 SYLPHEED Gai Waterhouse Kerrin McEvoy 3 55kg