Skilled draws wide in Queensland Guineas Final Field


Skilled has drawn barrier 16 for the Queensland Guineas

The Brisbane campaign of the Peter Snowden trained Skilled continues to be hampered by bad barriers after the talented three year old drew gate 16 of 23 for the Group Two Queensland Guineas at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Skilled has now drawn poorly for all three of his winter starts in Brisbane. Skilled started from gate 14 of 16 in the Bet Fred Classic and got gate 22 of 22 at his last in the Daybreak Lover Plate. If all the emergencies are scratched from the Guineas Skilled will start from gate 13 of 18.

Skilled will again be partnered by Darley stable jockey Kerrin McEvoy.

Falino, who won the Fred Best Classic, a traditional lead up event for the Derby, drew gate 18 and will be ridden by Tim Clark.

Falino was well tried in the QTC Cup, however he failed to show the dash that he displayed against the three year olds, against the older horses.

Run for Levi is an interesting runner for Patinack Farm trainer John Thompson. Run for Levi ran second to Anacheeva in the Group One Caulfield Guineas during the Melbourne spring carnival, however he has been unable to finish in the placing’s in his last seven starts.

Run for Levi pushed forward in the Caulfield Guineas and if Thompson chooses the same tactics again, he will be benefited by having noted front running jockey Nash Rawiller in the saddle.

Lee Freedman will be attempting to win his third Queensland Guineas with Smokin’ Joey after he tasted success in the race in 2003 with Tru Glo and in 1994 with Paris Lane. Smokin’ Joey had bug wraps on him after he won his first start in a race in Victoria a year ago, however he has not won a race since. However he showed he may be ready to turn the corner with an impressive last start second behind Adebisi at Doomben.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 111X8640 TORIO’S QUEST Brett Partelle Hugh Bowman 3 56kg
2 324X332030 SKILLED Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 16 56kg
3 22X6890X00 RUN FOR LEVI John P Thompson Nash Rawiller 5 56kg
4 X014153206 CELTIC DANCER Noel J Doyle Joe Bowditch 8 56kg
5 13112X4410 FALINO Jeffrey Caught Tim Clark 18 56kg
6 1X531X1654 READY TO RIP Andrew Williamson Steven Arnold 17 56kg
7 1222141898 STEEL ZIP Pat Duff Glen Colless 23 56kg
8 X6261X8073 BENNY’S BUTTONS Kelso Wood Chris Munce 2 56kg
9 11X13X5502 HAVATRYST Barry Baldwin Shane Scriven 9 56kg
10 42600X00X2 SMOKIN’ JOEY Lee Freedman Corey Brown 1 56kg
11 21X1125760 UNDER THE EIFFEL Tony Vasil 7 56kg
12 43X3X12 SPOT THE ROCK Tim Martin Glyn Schofield 14 56kg
13 22X4072437 IGLES STAR Kelso Wood Jason Taylor 21 56kg
14 72341X210 SIR FOX Anthony Cummings Luke Nolen 10 56kg
15 1X25X65100 BIANCA JEWEL Steven O’dea Ryan Wiggins 4 54kg
16 23971X3799 DEMANDING MISS Barry Baldwin Jim Byrne 22 54kg
17 X705921139 FASHION Heath Conners Ms Lisa Cropp 11 54kg
18 121X5835 TIGRESS LILY John O’Shea James McDonald (a) 6 54kg
19e X242110370 WABEEL Bryan Guy Scott Galloway 20 54kg
20e 3020X41614 UPSALA (NZ) Kenny Rae Opie Bosson 13 56kg
21e 502X357980 COUNT YOUR FINGERS John P Thompson Dwayne Dunn 12 54kg
22e 3053103901 I’LLBETRICKED David Lawlor 19 56kg
23e 4314415515 MADAME SLEEPER Bruce W Hill 15 54kg