2015 RA Lee Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

May 13th, 2015

A particularly talented field of 13 has been confirmed to contest Saturday’s Group 3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the country’s most exciting staying prospects.

Gris Caro has been confirmed in the 2015 RA Lee Stakes final field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Gris Caro has been confirmed in the 2015 RA Lee Stakes final field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Our Ivanhowe has been imported from his native Germany with a view towards the major Spring Carnival staying races and will make his Australian racing debut in the 2015 RA Lee Stakes.

Posting four impressive wins through his eight career starts, Our Ivanhowe more than stamped his claims as a serious stayer in his most recent campaign; winning each of the Group 1 Grosser Preis Von Baden (2413m) and Group 1 Pastorius (2414m) most notably.

Allocated the wide barrier 9, Our Ivanhowe will likely need more distance to hit his best but is sure to lay a great account for himself in the RA Lee Stakes.

Gris Caro was unlucky to be scratched in the week leading up this his major target, the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in spring and will need some luck in running to perform from barrier 11 in the RA Lee Stakes.

Failing to beat a single runner home in the Listed Golden Mile (1600m) first-up on April 25th, the With Approval entire ran on for a credible eighth in the Peter Armytage Handicap (1700m) most recently and is sure to be given a gem of a ride from jockey Ben Melham.

The Bowler has returned to racing in typically slick form this season, has been allocated the ideal barrier 4 and will carry just 55kgs in the 2015 RA Lee Stakes.

Posting seven wins and a further six minors through his 24 career starts so far, The Bowler placed a pleasing third in the Magic Millions Cup (1400m) on the Gold Coast on January 10th before securing consecutive wins in the Jeep 55 Second Challenge (955m) and #Hashtag BM90 (1400m).

Having since placed third in the Ross Stevenson Trophy (1600m) and won the Peter Armytage Handicap, the Testa Rossa gelding undoubtedly faces a tough task in the 2015 RA Lee Stakes but is primed for success.

Three-year-old Japhils boxed on for a credible fifth in the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) last time out and is sure to produce another competitive effort this weekend from the rails draw.

The David Jolly-trained Qadir is yet to find peak condition over two starts this time and faces a huge task in the RA Lee Stakes after being allocated the outside barrier 13.

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2015 RA Lee Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 8x16x1016x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) Lee & Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 9 60kg 110
2 28x6710x08 GRIS CARO (GB) Jake Stephens Ben Melham 11 56.5kg 101
3 x517323131 DYLANSON Phillip Stokes Clare Lindop 10 56kg 98
4 2121x766x0 TEXT’N HURLEY Marilyn Smith Craig Williams 3 55.5kg 91
5 34141×5634 EXCITES ZELADY Chris Bieg Paul Gatt 12 55.5kg 86
6 5220156253 RIVER’S LANE Ryan Balfour Joe Bowditch 5 55.5kg 86
7 7×52131131 THE BOWLER Robert Smerdon Mark Zahra 4 55kg 93
8 x69915x269 SAINT OR SINNER (NZ) Michael Moroney Dom Tourneur 7 55kg 93
9 1220417×74 TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ) Robbie Laing Jarrod Todd 8 55kg 91
10 2133141619 FLOW METER John Hickmott Ronnie Stewart 6 55kg 84
11 28x5211x87 QADIR David Jolly Jason Holder 13 55kg 80
12 x0492123x4 METAPHORICAL Peter G Moody Glen Boss 2 54kg 93
13 1×508215 JAPHILS John Sadler Dean Yendall 1 54kg 75