Of the 21 horses gunning for a shot at the 2011 Millie Fox Stakes just 12 will be lining up this Saturday with four listed as emergencies.
The Group 3 $125,000 fillies and mares handicap over 1300m is shaping as an enthralling contest with a number of top class horses being dealt very different hands.
Probably the unluckiest of the lot were Joseph Pride’s Sacred Choice and Grahame Begg’s Palacio De Cristal.
Both horses are very high in the handicapper ratings so they were always going to be carrying a bit of weight but Sacred Choice is well and truly the top weight with a 60.5kg load dwarfing the rest of the field.
Palacio De Cristal is second with 58kgs, still two and a half more than any of the other runners.
The trainers would have been expecting something similar so they wouldn’t be overly concerned, that was until things got a whole lot worse.
Sacred Choice will start from barrier 13 and Palacio De Cristal will have it all to do from barrier 16.
A win for either of the horses under these circumstances will surely rank as one of the most impressive in their careers
The other early favourite Graceful Anna came out a little bit better after the final acceptances, jumping from barrier nine. She will carry a fairly modest 55.5kgs given her impressive second placing to More Joyous in the Breeders Classic last start.
There are three starters with the bottom 53kg weight including Jersey Lily which struggled last start but has showed good form in her four previous runs, Purrpurrlena which will jump from gate 2 and has only missed a place once in her last six runs and Little Surfer Girl which has looked ok in lower grade races but struggled on the big stage.
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2011 Millie Fox Stakes Field
|1||SACRED CHOICE||Joseph Pride||–||13||60.5||110|
|2||PALACIO DE CRISTAL||Grahame Begg||–||16||58||105|
|3||GRACEFUL ANNA||David Pfieffer||Brad Pengelly||9||55.5||100|
|4||STRAWBERRY FIELD||Gerald Ryan||Hugh Bowman||7||54.5||98|
|5||HIDDEN WONDER||Kris Lees||–||5||54||97|
|6||DANCES ON WAVES||Gerald Ryan||–||3||53.5||96|
|8||MARQUARDT (NZ)||John P Thompson||Jim Byrne||15||53.5||96|
|9||MONTANA FLYER||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry (a)||6||53.5||96|
|10||JERSEY LILY||Les Bridge||Tim Clark||4||53||95|
|12||LITTLE SURFER GIRL||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||11||53||89|
|14e||SHADOW MINISTER||Garry White||–||10||53||78|