Eight Confirmed in 2015 Golden Pendant Final Field

September 23rd, 2015

Only eight mares have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s featured Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m), but the race remains undoubtedly the most highly-anticipated at Rosehill Gardens owing to the plethora of talent that will take to the barriers.

2014 champion Arabian Gold has been confirmed in the 2015 Golden Pendant final field. Photo: Daniel Costello

2014 champion Arabian Gold has been confirmed in the 2015 Golden Pendant final field. Photo: Daniel Costello

Catkins returned to racing for a blistering win in the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) a fortnight ago and will relish a step-up to 1400m for the 2015 Golden Pendant, and should have no issue in performing from barrier 5.

Posting sixteen wins and a further thirteen minors through 25 career starts so far, Catkins returned this year for consecutive wins in the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) and Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m); running second in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m).

Having placed second in each of the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) before failing to fire when sixth in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m), the Dubawi mare has been confirmed to be partnered by Hugh Bowman and will be very hard to beat in the 2015 Golden Pendant.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse has been confirmed to launch a two-pronged attack on the Rosehill Gardens on Saturday after including Amanpour and Arabian Gold in the Golden Pendant final field.

Amanpour returned to racing in career best form through the recent Sydney Autumn Carnival; running sixth in the Group 3 Wenona Girl Handicap (1200m) first-up before placing second in the Emancipation Stakes and winning the Queen Of The Turf Stakes.

Having failed to make any impact when eleventh in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) first-up on September 12th, Amanpour will be partnered by Tim Clark in the Golden Pendant and will leave from barrier 6.

Winner of the 2014 edition of the Golden Pendant, Arabian Gold has posted several typically good results in 2015 so far and is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from a first-up run for fourth in the Group 2 Tramway Handicap (1400m) on September 5th.

Posting a career total of nine wins and three minors through 26 starts, the daughter of Dubawi ran sixth in each of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) most notably in autumn and appears primed for a return to the winner’s circle from the rails draw with Tommy Berry aboard on Saturday.

Peeping has fast stamped her claims as one to watch for Ron Quinton and is sure to lay a great account for herself in the 2015 Golden Pendant from barrier 3 with only 55kgs in tow.

Returning to racing in exceptional condition in autumn, Peeping ran second in the Listed Fireball Stakes (1100m) on March 7th before taking out the Listed Sebring Stakes (1200m) a fortnight later.

Placing second in the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) and fifth in the Group 3 JB Carr Stakes (1400m) on April 18th, the Redoute’s Choice mare returned this time for success in the Fairfield RSL Club BM90 (1200m), but failed to beat a single runner home in the Sheraco Stakes last time out.

Slightly Sweet has been charged with overcoming the outside barrier in the 2015 Golden Pendant, while Vergara (barrier 4), Two Blue (barrier 2) and Berry Delicious (barrier 7) complete the final field.

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