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Stars To Clash In 2009 Liston Stakes

Damien Oliver will ride 2009 Cox Plate favourite Whobegotyou in Saturday’s J J Liston Stakes at Caulfield, while Zarita kicks off her spring campaign with new rider Brad Rawiller aboard.

With regular rider Michael Rodd sidelined with sprained ligaments in a wrist after a trackwork fall, trainer Mark Kavanagh opted for Oliver who has ridden the Caulfield Guineas winner just once when he was beaten a short-half-head in a Listed 1400m event at Flemington in March.

Oliver rode Whobegotyou in a jumpout on the inside grass at Flemington last Friday week when he settled back and ran on well to finish a length from the winner.

The four-year-old was timed to run the 800 metres in 47.85, the final 400m in 23.38.

Rawiller, the regular rider of Weekend Hussler who is sidelined indefinitely with a leg injury, was aboard Zarita in an exhibition gallop at Cranbourne on Sunday when she settled back before running home behind younger stablemate My Girl Helen who will start in Saturday’s Quezette Stakes (1100m).

“My Girl Helen is no hack and is more of a sprinter than Zarita is but it was really good work and Brad Rawiller was very excited about her work so that was good enough for me,” Hyland said.

Hyland said he could not wait for a commitment from Dwayne Dunn who is attached to the Lee Freedman stable and will be required to ride Marchelle Belle if she starts in the Liston.

Zarita hasn’t won since making it four straight victories in the 2008 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville 12 starts back.

But Hyland pointed to some of her creditable efforts since including her second to Weekend Hussler in the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

She was beaten only 1-1/2 lengths when fourth in both the 2008 Cox Plate (2040m) behind Maldivian and again when fourth in the Australian Cup (2000m) won by Niconero.

Hyland said the five-year-old’s main mission this spring at this stage was the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

“But if she appears to be getting dour as horses can do when they get older we can always change tack,” he said referring to the fact that she is also nominated for the Caulfield Cup 2009 and the Melbourne Cup 2009.

“She’s bred to stay and she is an Australasian Oaks and South Australian Derby winner.

“But I think the best two runs of her career were in the Cox Plate and the Australian Cup and they were both in the 2000 metre range.”

There were 23 entries for the Group Two Liston (1400m) including Group One winners Gallica, Heart Of Dreams, Ista Kareem, Master O’Reilly, Mr Baritone, Orange County, the unbeaten Typhoon Tracy, Whobegotyou and Zarita.

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3- 2009 J.J. LISTON STAKES Field (1400 METRES)
For Three-Years-Old and Upwards. Standard Weight for Age. (GROUP 2).
No Allowances for apprentices. Field Limit: 16 + 4 EM
No    Horse    Trainer    Ballot     Weight     Penalty     Handicapper Rating

1    MASTER O’REILLY (NZ)    Danny O’Brien    1     59         110
2    ISTA KAREEM (NZ)    Colin Little    4     59         108
3    MR BARITONE (NZ)    Michael Moroney    5     59         102
4    ORANGE COUNTY (NZ)    Brian Mayfield-Smith    8     59         109
5    RED RULER (NZ)    John Sargent    9     59         106
6    STICKPIN (NZ)    Brian Mayfield-Smith    13     59         101
7    SAND SWEEPER (NZ)    John Wheeler    16     59         105
8    RED LORD    Anthony Cummings    17     59         102
9    VIGOR (NZ)    Danny O’Brien    18     59         103
10    MIDNIGHT MUSTANG    Tony Noonan    19     59         103
11    JUNGLE RULER    Peter White    20     59         95
12    BENELLI (NZ)    Bevan & Richard Laming    21     59         102
13    READY WHEN YOU ARE    Shaun Dwyer    22     59         86
14    MAXISUN    Tony Vasil    23     59         89
15    WHOBEGOTYOU    Mark Kavanagh    2     58.5         110
16    VON COSTA DE HERO    David Hayes    6     58.5         100
17    HEART OF DREAMS    Mick Price    10     58.5         108
18    PREDATORY PRICER    Paul Murray    12     58.5         98
19    ZARITA (NZ)    Pat Hyland    3     57         106
20    FIFTH AVENUE LADY    Danny O’Brien    14     57         97
21    GALLICA    Mick Price    7     56.5         108
22    TYPHOON TRACY    Peter G Moody    11     56.5         106
23    MARCHELLE BELLE    Lee Freedman    15     56.5         95

Article by Mark Ryan Aapracing

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