2014 Pago Pago Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

March 26th, 2014

Initially confirmed to feature 12 runners at Rosehill Gardens this weekend, the 2014 Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) will now jump with just 11 two-year-old colts and geldings after trainer Chris Waller immediately removed un-trialled colt Redoutable Heart from the final field.

Time For War (centre) is one of two legitimate chances from trainer Gerald Ryan in this weekend's Pago Pago Stakes

Time For War (centre) is one of two legitimate chances from trainer Gerald Ryan in this weekend's Pago Pago Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Entering this weekend’s Group 2 as arguably the most consistent runner in the field, trainer Gai Waterhouse has accepted a position in the final field of the Pago Pago Stakes for talented colt Mr Cha Cha.

Mr Cha Cha (barrier 8) is yet to finish worse than second in three career starts to date, opening his short yet impressive maiden preparation with a comfortable win in the NBN Cannonball Maiden (1000m) on January 23rd before claiming a competitive second behind stable mate Fighting Sun in the Listed Canonbury Stakes (1100m) and overcoming a poor jump to finish an unlucky second to Lucky Raquie in the Listed Black Opal Stakes (1200m) last time out.

Having outlined the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) as the major target for the Snitzel colt this preparation, Waterhouse revealed an appearance in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on April 5th is still a viable option for Mr Cha Cha should he win the Pago Pago Stakes on Saturday.

Finishing a disappointing fourth on debut in the VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m) at Bendigo on March 15th, trainer David Hayes is confident $2.4 million colt Wilderness will silence all critics in this weekend’s Pago Pago Stakes.

Wilderness (barrier 1) broke from the gates well in his only competitive start to date, however ran wide for a good portion of the 1000 metre race and was unable to pick up the late pace of eventual winner Eloping, finishing nearly eight lengths off the pace.

Despite the less-than-ideal start to his debut racing season, Hayes is confident of a far-more polished performance from the Fastnet Rock colt this weekend ahead of a hopeful tilt at the 2014 Sires Produce Stakes.

Trainer Gerald Ryan will be offered two legitimate chances of success in this weekend’s Pago Pago Stakes, having accepted positions for classy stable mates Klammer (barrier 7) and Time For War.

Klammer is yet to finish outside the places in three race starts so far, finishing third amongst talented company in the Adaptra Handicap (1000m) on debut before producing a strong turn of foot in the final straight to win the Lightning Ridge Plate (1000m) and claiming another competitive third behind Lucky Raquie and Mr Cha Cha in the Black Opal Stakes most recently.

Having contested only one race start to date, Time For War has quickly registered as a two-year-old to watch ahead of the Sires Produce Stakes, but will have to be in peak condition this weekend after drawing the wide barrier 10.

Comfortably claiming the CFMEU Mining & Energy Plate (1100m), Ryan is confident the Snitzel colt can continue his perfect career start this weekend, with apprentice jockey Damien Thornton confirmed to retain the ride.

Displaying an impressive turn of foot to finish an unlucky second in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on March 15th, Anthony Cummings-trained Mr Bogart was arguably the biggest winner of all early Pago Pago Stakes frontrunners at Wednesday’s barrier draw, allocated the ideal gate 2.

Classy Paul Perry-trained runner Modoc (barrier 5) has also been included in the final field for the 2014 Pago Pago Stakes, and will be joined by Kumaon (barrier 3), Khrysler (barrier 6), Kuro (barrier 9), Rembrandt (barrier 11) and Yancha Boy (barrier 4) at Rosehill Gardens this weekend.

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2014 Pago Pago Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 122 MR CHA CHA Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 8 55.5kg
2 11263 MODOC Paul Perry Blake Shinn 5 55.5kg
3 13x KUMAON Peter Snowden 3 55.5kg
4 313 KLAMMER Gerald Ryan Joshua Parr 7 55.5kg
5 1x TIME FOR WAR Gerald Ryan Damien Thornton (a) 10 55.5kg
6 52 MR BOGART Anthony Cummings Zac Purton 2 55.5kg
7 33×33 KHRYSLER Mark de Montfort Michael Rodd 6 55.5kg
8 1 KURO (NZ) John O’Shea James McDonald 9 55.5kg
9 4 WILDERNESS David Hayes Nash Rawiller 1 55.5kg
10 35 REMBRANDT Clarry Conners Craig Williams 11 55.5kg
11 (scratched) REDOUTABLE HEART Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 12 55.5kg
12 0 YANCHA BOY Joan Pracey Ms Kathy O’Hara 4 55.5kg