2016 Pago Pago Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

March 9th, 2016

Thirteen two-year-olds have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens; highlighted by the inclusion of several runners targeting next weekend’s Group 1 Golden Slipper.

Souchez has been confirmed in the 2016 Pago Pago Stakes final field. Photo: Steve Hart

Souchez has been confirmed in the 2016 Pago Pago Stakes final field. Photo: Steve Hart

Souchez has quickly made an impact through his short racing career so far and figures as the sole representative for Godolphin in the 2016 Pago Pago Stakes field.

Debuting for success in a talent-rich Rosehill minor over 1100m on December 19th, Souchez returned to the paddock for a brief freshen-up before savaging the line for third in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) a fortnight ago.

James McDonald will take the ride on the classy son of Lonhro, who will leave from the rails draw in the Pago Pago Stakes.

Team Hawkes are also offered a good chance of success on Saturday after including consistent galloper Mount Panorama in the Pago Pago Stakes field.

Mount Panorama clearly needed the run when debuting to racing for sixth in a Randwick sprint over 1100m on January 16th, but responded well with a strong run for third in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) a fortnight later.

Having continued his commendable form with another strong performance for third in the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m), the Sebring colt appears to be searching for more distance and could very well receive the run of the race from barrier 2 on Saturday.

Peter and Paul Snowden will launch a two-pronged attack on the 2016 Pago Pago Stakes after confirming both Attention and Mediterranean in the final field.

Attention has appeared on course only once competitively but ran a close second to Rafha’s Choice on that occasion; the International Animal Health Plate (1100m) at Rosehill on November 28th.

Tye Angland will take the ride on the colt from barrier 11, but should be able to find a good position off pace from the draw.

Mediterranean will be partnered by veteran Queensland hoop Damian Browne, who has experienced plenty of notable black type success for the Snowdens through recent seasons.

Having also contested only on start so far, the Smart Missile colt is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from his fifth place finish in the Skyline Stakes.

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2016 Pago Pago Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 1×3 SOUCHEZ John O’Shea James McDonald 1 55.5kg
2 633 MOUNT PANORAMA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brett Prebble 2 55.5kg
3 72 LIONHEARTED David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Christian Reith 12 55.5kg
4 1 AVIATOR Gerald Ryan Kerrin McEvoy 13 55.5kg
5 21 OCEAN CITY David Payne Ms Winona Costin (a) 7 55.5kg
6 50×64 CREDIBLE WITNESS John Sargent Tim Clark 9 55.5kg
7 2x ATTENTION Peter & Paul Snowden Tye Angland 11 55.5kg
8 032 CHIMBORAA David Payne Sam Clipperton 5 55.5kg
9 3 THE REVEREND DEMON Bjorn Baker Brenton Avdulla 4 55.5kg
10 5 MEDITERRANEAN Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Browne 10 55.5kg
11 BRAY (NZ) Brett Cavanough Jason Collett 8 55.5kg
12 MARROCK Mitch Newman Koby Jennings (a) 3 55.5kg
13 POTENT FORCE James Cummings Tommy Berry 6 55.5kg