Field of 10 for Blue Sapphire Stakes

Brad Waters - Monday October 16

A field of 10 will contest the $350,000 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Wednesday.

Jukebox will be one of the top picks in Wednesday's Blue Sapphire Stakes.
Photo: Darryl Sherer

Locally trained three-year-olds Jukebox and Crown Witness are likely to be at the top of the final field betting on the Blue Sapphire Stakes but have had contrasting fortunes after drawing barriers 10 and one respectively.

Caulfield Guineas-winning trainer Mick Price will attempt to notch another feature success with Lone Eagle while Indian Thunder will carry the hopes of the powerful Darren Weir stable.

Kiwi galloper Summer Passage will shoot for a consolation win after missing last Saturday's Caulfield Guineas while the Lindsay Park team will have smart filly Formality running for it on Wednesday.

The field for the Blue Sapphire Stakes is below:

No

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Barrier

Weight

1

SUMMER PASSAGE

Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott

Hugh Bowman

8

57kg

2

JUKEBOX

Aaron Purcell

Craig Williams

10

57kg

3

MURAAQEB

David & B Hayes & T Dabernig

Mark Zahra

9

57kg

4

INDIAN THUNDER

Darren Weir

Damian Lane

2

57kg

5

LONE EAGLE

Mick Price

Dwayne Dunn

5

57kg

6

I DID IT AGAIN

Greg Eurell

Damien Oliver

3

57kg

7

CHOISBORDER

Darren Weir

Brad Rawiller

7

57kg

8

OVER EXPOSURE

Tony McEvoy

Luke Currie

6

57kg

9

FORMALITY

David & B Hayes & T Dabernig

Kerrin McEvoy

4

55kg

10

CROWN WITNESS

Stuart Webb

Ben Melham

1

55kg

The Caulfield track was rated a good (3) at acceptance time and the rail will again be in the true position for Wednesday's meeting.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecast for Melbourne until Wednesday is as follows:

Monday: Becoming sunny. Max 26
Tuesday: Sunny. Max 28.
Wednesday: Sunny. Max 30.

Click here for Racenet's free formguide to Wednesday's Blue Sapphire Stakes meeting at Caulfield.

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