The 2011 Melbourne Cup campaign of last year’s runner-up Maluckyday has again been delayed after connections chose not to accept the galloper for this Saturday’s $200,000 Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Yesterday co-trainer Wayne Hawkes indicated that the 2011 Memsie Stakes would likely be the first-up run for Zabeel five-year-old Maluckyday after they had already been forced to scratch them from the previous week’s Warwick Stakes due to the Sydney track being downgraded to Heavy.
With Memsie Stakes acceptances taken today, however, Maluckyday was not among the 13-horse final field.
Hawkes had warned that there would be a chance Maluckyday would not resume until conditions suited.
“He’s not guaranteed to run,” he said on Tuesday.
While it is back to the drawing board for Maluckyday’s connections, Luxbet punters still have a Memsie Stakes field bursting with talented gallopers to watch on Saturday.
Race favourite is sure to be Danny O’Brien’s dual classic winner Shamrocker.
The talented O’Reilly mare is on way to the $6 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday November 1 after winning the Australian Guineas – Derby double as a three-year-old last season.
Shamrocker is currently rated equal $12 second favourite in the 2011 Melbourne Cup odds at Luxbet with Queensland Oaks winner Scarlett Lady, Melbourne Cup betting lead by the Peter Moody-trained Lights Of Heaven.
The Graeme Rogerson-trained Kiwi mare Scarlett Lady also resumes racing on Saturday when she takes on a brilliant field in the Group 1 Challenge Stakes (1400m) at home in New Zealand.
A win by Shamrocker in the Memsie Stakes or by Scarlett Lady in the Challenge Stakes and there will likely be a new Melbourne Cup favourite in the futures odds at Luxbet.
There are a total of six Group one winners engaged in this year’s Memsie Stakes.
Along with Shamrocker the others are Mick Price’s Heart Of Dreams, Gai Waterhouse’s resuming The Metropolitan champion Herculian Prince, AJC Oaks winner Absolutely and the Peter Moody-trained duo of last year’s Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva and King’s Rose who is a Group 1 winner in New Zealand.
Below is the complete Memsie Stakes final field and barriers.
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2011 Memsie Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||wgt.||Hcp.Rtg.|
|1||27X721834X||HEART OF DREAMS||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||5||59kg||115|
|2||4X152220X0||MIDAS TOUCH (GB)||Robert Hickmott||Steven King||9||59kg||112|
|3||41318X025X||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||Steven Arnold||2||59kg||109|
|4||3120X9923X||LINTON||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||10||59kg||109|
|5||15190X707X||HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Ben Melham||12||59kg||106|
|6||323527X13X||RED COLOSSUS||Greg Eurell||Chris Symons||1||59kg||101|
|7||0X032322X0||ANUDJAWUN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||–||8||59kg||89|
|8||12X2X3X313||PRINCE OBAMA||Jason Clifford||Dean Yendall||7||59kg||89|
|9||111X70673X||ANACHEEVA||Peter G Moody||Craig Newitt||13||58.5kg||108|
|10||1X455515X2||REKINDLED INTEREST||Jim Conlan||Dwayne Dunn||3||58.5kg||100|
|11||302X41312X||SHAMROCKER (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Mark Zahra||4||56.5kg||112|
|13||X21111147X||KING’S ROSE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||11||56.5kg||96|