Graceful Anna will headline the final field of the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes when it runs this Saturday April 9, 2011, at Randwick Racecourse.
14 horses have accepted for the $175,000 Sapphire Stakes that will run as Race 8 at 4.20pm (AEST) on Saturday.
Graceful Anna will be after her first win of her preparation, after finishing a close second in three of her Group race starts so far.
The Canny Lad mare finished an unexpected 14th in the Coolmore Classic last start, and will be looking to turn her horse racing performance around in the 1200m Sapphire Stakes.
Odds and betting information for Graceful Anna, and the13 other runners in the 2011 Sapphire Stakes final field, will be made available at Luxbet later in the week.
Kris Lees’ Zingaling is also amongst the confirmed starters in the 2011 Sapphire Stakes.
Zingaling will be second-up in Saturday’s race, after winning her first-up start in the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes at Rosehill on March 26.
Zingaling will be a clear threat to Graceful Anna’s winning chances, and Kris Lees puts it down to her mare’s gutsy spirit.
“She is a tough honest mare who always gives her best,” Lees said.
Zingaling has drawn barrier 12 for the 2011 Sapphire Stakes and will be ridden by jockey Jim Cassidy.
John Thompson’s Marquardt and Grahame Begg’s Purrpurrlena are also part of the 2011 Sapphire Stakes final field.
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For more information on the running of this year’s Sapphire Stakes, make sure you visit 2011 Sapphire Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw.