A glamour group of three-year-olds spearheaded by pin-up colt Pierro will ensure the racing community have their eyes firmly fixed on Rosehill on Saturday for the Group 2 2013 Hobartville Stakes (1400m).
Eleven horses will contest the $200,000 event which marks the autumn kickoff point for Pierro.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained star hasn’t been seen since the Cox Plate in October when he ran a bold third behind Ocean Park and All Too Hard.
He has drawn barrier nine for the hit-out which is two barriers inside stablemate Proisir who also last raced in the Cox Plate, finishing eighth in what was his debut campaign.
Another big name kicking off their autumn campaign is New Zealand colt It’s A Dundeel who won the the first five starts of his career including the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick.
He then finished second in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase before failing to finish seventh when favourite in the Victoria Derby.
Facing the biggest test of his career this weekend is Gary Portelli’s impressive colt Rebel Dane who has got through the first four starts of his career undefeated.
The son of California Dane generated plenty of hype after his last start when stormed home from the back of the field to win the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes.
Travelling from Melbourne to Sydney to chase a third consecutive victory is Peter Moody-trained colt Mulaazem who was last seen winning the Group 2 Autumn Stakes at Caulfield on February 9.
|1||1111x1123x||PIERRO||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||9||56.5kg|
|2||1x111127x||IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ)||Murray Baker||James McDonald||3||56.5kg|
|3||473x31021x||TATRA||Peter Snowden||Corey Brown||10||56.5kg|
|4||11128x||PROISIR||Gai Waterhouse||Hugh Bowman||11||56.5kg|
|5||11x1111x5||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||8||56.5kg|
|6||106x6346x4||ASHOKAN||John O’Shea||Peter Robl||1||56.5kg|
|7||111×1||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli||Jason Collett||2||56.5kg|
|8||11x32328x8||HONORIUS||David Payne||Glyn Schofield||4||56.5kg|
|9||212×611||MULAAZEM||Peter G Moody||Joshua Parr||5||56.5kg|
|10||643x23133x||PROVERB||Peter Snowden||Tommy Berry||7||56.5kg|
|11||x505x6121x||SOLEMN||Peter Snowden||Rod Quinn||6||56.5kg|