A less-than capacity field of ten has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured 2016 Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of several previous winners at the highest level of racing.
Our Ivanhowe has taken plenty of benefit from two runs this time and should relish a return to his pet distance of 2400m for the 2016 The BMW.
A standout performer in his native Germany before being purchased and transferred to the care of Lee and Anthony Freedman, Our Ivanhowe won each of the Group 1 Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden (2413m) and Group 1 Pastorius (2414m) at the conclusion of a strong 2014 campaign.
Requiring a run to find form upon resuming for ninth in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) in September, the Soldier Hollow entire ran second in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2520m) and third in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) before a luckless run for tenth in the Melbourne Cup (3200m).
Having placed fifth in each of the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) and Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) so far this time, Kerrin McEvoy takes the ride on Our Ivanhowe in The BMW.
Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller is set to dominate the feature race after confirming four of his stable stars in the 2016 The BMW final field, including Who Shot Thebarman and Preferment.
Winner of the 2014 edition of the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m), Who Shot Thebarman has been a strong and consistent performer for Waller through recent seasons and appears as though he will line up for the 2016 The BMW in peak condition.
Running ninth in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) first-up on February 13th, the Yamanin Vital gelding progressed to tenth in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) before placing third in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) a fortnight ago.
Preferment broke through for a maiden race win in the 2014 edition of the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) and has continued to go from strength to strength through his subsequent preparations.
Taking out the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) early in his spring campaign, the Zabeel entire posted a second win at the highest level in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) but failed to figure in either of the Caulfield Cup or Melbourne Cup.
Resuming this time for fourth in the Chipping Norton Stakes, Preferment won the Australian Cup on protest a fortnight ago and has been confirmed to be partnered by regular hoop Hugh Bowman in The BMW.
Three-year-old Montaigne savaged the line for second in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) last weekend and will leave from the ideal barrier 2 with a very manageable 54kgs in tow.
Montaigne debuted to racing in January this year but has already made a noticeable impact; winning a pair of minor races before placing a commendable third in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m).
Having run fifth in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in his only other start prior to the Rosehill Guineas, trainer Anthony Cummings is confident the Road To Rock gelding will relish a step up to 2400m for the first time in The BMW.
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2016 The BMW Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x7x9230x55||OUR IVANHOWE (GER)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Kerrin McEvoy||8||59kg||112|
|2||758701×903||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||7||59kg||110|
|3||5067101×90||ALMOONQITH (USA)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||5||59kg||107|
|4||075003×085||GRAND MARSHAL (GB)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||3||59kg||106|
|5||x31703x814||ARAB DAWN (GB)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||10||59kg||99|
|6||51x7431x05||MONGOLIAN KHAN||Murray Baker||Opie Bosson||6||58.5kg||114|
|7||x011907x41||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||4||58.5kg||114|
|8||2132314×79||STORM THE STARS (USA)||Chris Waller||–||9||57.5kg||109|
|9||620027×063||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Craig Williams||1||57kg||109|
|10||211352||MONTAIGNE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||Damien Oliver||2||54kg||94|