An exciting field of just seven runners have been confirmed for an appearance in the featured Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) at Belmont Racecourse this weekend, highlighted by some of Western Australia’s leading milers.
Trainer Grant Williams is offered a great chance of success in the 2014 Hyperion Stakes, having accepted a position in the final field for in-form sprinter Elite Belle.
Claiming six race wins and a further eight minor places from just 19 competitive starts, Elite Belle has returned to racing in typically prime position this time in, unlucky to finish second in the Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) first-up on May 17th before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Belmont Sprint last time out.
Allocated the inside barrier for the Hyperion Stakes, Williams is confident regular jockey William Pike will again get the best from his sole entrant this weekend.
Also included in the final field for the 2014 Hyperion Stakes is Belmont Sprint runner-up Kalahaar.
Securing an impressive record of seven race wins and as many places from just 20 competitive starts, Kalahaar was a standout performer over sprint events in the 2013 spring; overcoming an unlucky run for seventh in the Listed Beaufine Stakes (1000m) first-up with back-to-back second in the Listed Bolton Sprint and Listed Belmont Newmarket (1200m).
Having also claimed the Listed Farnley Stakes (1400m) most notably on September 7th, the Choisir gelding was again unlucky to be blocked for a run and sixth in the Roma Cup first-up this year before returning to competitive form in the Belmont Sprint.
Likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 2, Kalahaar will be partnered by jockey Troy Turner and is an excellent chance of success this weekend.
Charging home from the rear of the field to finish a fighting fourth in the Belmont Sprint two weeks ago, When We Were Kings claimed consecutive second-place finishes in minor events first-up this year, and will further be boosted by jockey Shaun O’Donnell retaining the ride in the Hyperion Stakes.
With proven racing experience against the majority of his Hyperion Stakes rivals over recent events, trainer Greg Kersley is confident of a polished performance from When We Were Kings this weekend.
Yet to hit peak condition this time in, Grand Nirvana is without doubt the most experienced runner confirmed for the 2014 Hyperion Stakes, having secured a total of 10 race wins and 14 minor places from 49 starts.
A mainstay in major events over Western Australia’s racing calendar in recent years, the Scenic gelding contested four events at Group level over the 2013 spring, including the major Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m).
Allocated the ideal barrier 3, apprentice jockey Chris Parnham will take up the ride on Grand Nirvana for the first time in the Hyperion Stakes.
Settle Strata has been charged with overcoming the outside barrier, and will be joined by Ranger (barrier 5) and Bridgestone (barrier 6) in the 2014 Hyperion Stakes.
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2014 Hyperion Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
|1||x8x5406x98||GRAND NIRVANA||Fred Kersley||Chris Parnham (a)||3||59kg|
|2||336x430x55||RANGER||Adam Durrant||Peter Hall||5||59kg|
|3||219x00495x||BRIDGESTONE (NZ)||Neville Parnham||Brad Parnham||6||59kg|
|4||111260×506||SETTLE STRADA||David Harrison||Patrick Carbery||7||59kg|
|5||6x72215x62||KALAHAAR||Steve Wolfe||Troy Turner||2||59kg|
|6||112488×224||WHEN WE WERE KINGS||Greg Kersley||Shaun O’Donnell||4||59kg|
|7||1221691×21||ELITE BELLE||Grant Williams||William Pike||1||57kg|