Myer Classic 2011 Field – More Joyous Draws Horror Barrier 13

It seems the Halloween horrors have come early for Gai Waterhouse as her outstanding mare More Joyous came up with barrier 13 for the 2011 Myer Classic at Flemington’s Victoria Derby Day this Saturday.

Scheduled to run as Flemington Race 7 at 3:45pm (AEDST) as one of the four Group 1 highlights of Derby Day, the $500,000 Myer Classic (1600m) drew a final field of 16 starters plus one emergency.

More Joyous

More Joyous has come up with barrier 13 for the 2011 Myer Classic on Saturday

The most notable Myer Classic entries to drop out of contention at acceptance stage today were:

  • Pane In The Glass (John Thompson) – Races instead in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at the meeting where she comes up against undefeated filly Atlantic Jewel
  • Lights Of Heaven (Peter Moody) – Goes up against the Melbourne Cup hopes in the $1 million Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m)
  • Secret Admirer (Grahame Begg) – As expected the Epsom Handicap winner gets a rest after their game fifth in the Cox Plate and bypasses Derby Day going straight into the $1 million Emirates Stakes (1600m) Saturday week

More Joyous shoots for her sixth Group 1 victory on Saturday in the Myer Classic, her last elite level triumph having been in the Queen of the Turf Stakes at Rosehill back in April.

Back to her best last-start winning the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) second-up for the season, her resuming run being a game third behind Saturday’s 2011 Coolmore Stud Stakes favourite Sepoy in the Manikato Stakes, More Joyous will take some beating on Saturday even from her disastrous gate.

Over the mile she boasts an imposing record, her only loss at the distance being her failed Doncaster Mile run on a Heavy (10) track after which she pulled up lame.

After watching her mare perform to perfection in a solo workout at Flemington earlier in the week, Waterhouse was characteristically bullish heading to the Myer Classic.

“She is fabulous, she is fantastic,” Waterhouse said.

“She worked over 1200 metres, form the top of the straight she worked home, she got a little slap on the shoulder because she got a bit lost and then she charged to the line.

“She’ll be very hard to beat in that Myer Classic on Saturday.

“Her form has been great coming into it.”

Another Myer Classic hopeful to suffer an early blow with an awkward barrier gate is defending champion Sacred Choice.

The Choisir mare has come up with the far outside barrier 17 as she looks to go back-to-back in the classic having beaten home former Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy by nearly five lengths in the wet last Derby Day.

Sacred Choice needs rain and lots of it to really feature here, all of her best runs being on Heavy ground including her Doncaster Mile victory in the autumn.

It is the second nasty gate Joe Pride’s mare has drawn in as many starts, Sacred Choice having come up with 17 of 17 for the Epsom Handicap on October 1 when she finished five lengths away ninth to Secret Admirer.

Other Notable 2011 Myer Classic Hopes & Their Barriers are:

  • #16 Mosheen (Barrier 12) – Robert Smerdon’s exciting and always honest filly has work to do from barrier 12, but if there is one hoop you’d want in the mount it is Craig Williams, she is a real threat with just 49kg meaning she meets her rivals a minimum 7.5kg better in the weights
  • #3 Lady Lynette (Barrier 4) – Tasmanian mare will get all the favours from this gate and is due to be ridden by Michael Rodd, comes off a third in the Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) on Cox Plate Day which definitely wasn’t her best run, but Flemington will suit better
  • #4 Response (Barrier 3) – A champion mare in solid form drawn in gate three? Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra’s Charge Forward five-year-old is definitely in the mix, comes off two close thirds in Melbourne including behind More Joyous in the Tristarc last-start when she had barrier 11 and 58.5kg to contend with, into gate three and down to 57kg makes her a threat

Below is the complete 2011 Myer Classic final field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2011 Myer Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 5X11110X31 MORE JOYOUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 13 57kg 121
2 03512X7589 SACRED CHOICE Joseph Pride Corey Brown 17 57kg 115
3 232X743103 LADY LYNETTE David & Scott Brunton Michael Rodd 4 57kg 108
4 X74167X833 RESPONSE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Dwayne Dunn 3 57kg 110
5 X24452X048 MAJESTIC MUSIC Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Craig Newitt 2 57kg 101
6 8546X667X8 MOMENT IN TIME John P Thompson Joao Moreira 1 57kg 97
7 X971518X25 HURTLE MYRTLE Matthew Smith Damien Oliver 15 57kg 104
8 17X031X035 DYSPHONIA Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 57kg 100
9 1249115X50 VARENNA MISS Tony Noonan Steven King 9 57kg 105
10 362633X231 SKYERUSH Guy Walter Steven Arnold 5 57kg 99
11 24310X6504 GOON SERPENT David Jolly Nicholas Hall 7 57kg 95
12 90X601X007 YOSEI Stuart Webb Ms Michelle Payne 14 56.5kg 108
13 156X035X27 SISTINE ANGEL Andrew Noblet Danny Nikolic 6 56.5kg 102
14 96521107X1 BANCHEE (NZ) John Sargent James McDonald (a) 16 56.5kg 89
15 05X1513X18 BORN TO ROCK Michael Moroney Glyn Schofield 11 56.5kg 97
16 12X35312 MOSHEEN Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 12 49kg 100
17e 10X1110X26 GUISEPPINA (NZ) S. Ramsay & J. Ritchie 10 57kg 89