Only six runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Randwick Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of several leading Spring Carnival three-year-old fillies.
Fireworks was a strong and largely consistent performer for Gerald Ryan through the recent Autumn Carnival and has been confirmed for a racing return in the 2015 Silver Shadow Stakes.
Posting one win and three minors through five career starts so far, Fireworks debuted to racing for a close second in the Entertainment Grounds Maiden (1000m) on December 29th; progressing to third in the Hyland Race Colours Plate (1100m) before taking out the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) on January 31st.
Progressing to a credible third in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) on March 7th, the Snitzel filly was unable to figure late when thirteenth in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) mast time out on March 21st.
Lake Geneva was a standout for Team Hawkes through the Autumn Carnival and will carry winning form into the Silver Shadow Stakes after posting a maiden success in a Hawkesbury minor over 1000m first-up on August sixth.
Debuting for a close second in the Widden Stakes, Lake Geneva produced a monumental effort to run on for third in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m); progressing to third in the Golden Slipper and returned to the paddock after again finishing third in the Group 3 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) on Day 2 of The Championships.
Allocated the ideal barrier 3, Lake Geneva will be partnered by leading hoop Tommy Berry in the 2015 Silver Shadow Stakes.
Gai Waterhouse will launch a two-pronged attack on the 2015 Silver Shadow Stakes after confirming both Speak Fondly (barrier 1) and Kimberley Star (barrier 5) in the final field.
Posting a win and two minors through four competitive starts, Speak Fondly ran second in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) upon resuming this year; taking out the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) and returning to the paddock after placing eleventh in the Golden Slipper.
Kimberley Star undoubtedly faces her biggest task to date in what will be her black type debut on Saturday, but has more than earned her place in the field after taking out her three most recent starts with complete ease.
Godolphin runner Italy has been charged with overcoming the outside gate while the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Kangarilla Joy completes the 2015 Silver Shadow Stakes final field in barrier 4.
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2015 Silver Shadow Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||3x210x||SPEAK FONDLY||Gai Waterhouse||Kerrin McEvoy||1||57kg||84|
|2||23130x||FIREWORKS||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||2||56kg||78|
|3||2333×1||LAKE GENEVA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||3||54kg||88|
|4||32×43111||KIMBERLEY STAR||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||5||54kg||79|
|5||2x1539x5||ITALY||John O’Shea||Glen Boss||6||54kg||75|
|6||1||KANGARILLA JOY||Peter & Paul Snowden||Christian Reith||4||54kg||67|