Cumani’s Melbourne Cup Castoffs in Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2011 Field

This Saturday two European stablemates from the stables of Luca Cumani who missed a start in the 2011 Melbourne Cup, gallant great Bauer and former Chilean galloper Sahara Sun, will get a chance to hand their connections a minor consolation prize by winning the $250,000 Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m).

Bauer

Bauer headlines the 2011 Queen Elizabeth Stakes field on Emirates Stakes Day

One of four Group races on a bumper Emirates Stakes Day program at Flemington on Saturday, the 2011 Queen Elizabeth Stakes field features 13 stayers lead by 2008 Melbourne Cup runner-up Bauer.

A crowd favourite, Bauer has had two luckless runs in Australia this season most recently finishing third to subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden in the Geelong Cup on October 19.

Bauer just missed their second shot at Melbourne Cup glory, having been defeated a nose by Viewed back in 2008 which was until yesterday the closest Melbourne Cup result in recent history, having sat 25th on the order of entry at final acceptance stage.

In a bitter blow Bauer could have in fact gained a start on Tuesday were the race allowed emergencies as the Lloyd Williams-owned Mourayan was scratched on the morning of the Cup.

Cumani was still dually represented in the 2011 Melbourne Cup with Manighar finishing a brave fifth and Drunken Sailor further back in 12th, both horses reported to have pulled through the ‘race that stops a nation’ in good order.

He will look to see the Melbourne Cup Carnival out on a high note with Bauer well positioned in barrier five for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but a jockey to be confirmed as Damien Oliver serves a suspension.

Bauer will be joined by their stablemate Sahara Sun in the Queen Elizabeth, the horse that was withdrawn from Melbourne Cup calculations after their disappointing eighth in the Bendigo Cup.

Sahara Sun, former runner-up in the Chilean Derby, is due to jump from barrier 10 with Dwayne Dunn engaged.

Other Melbourne Cup rejects that will seek an Emirates Stakes Day victory on Saturday in the Queen Elizabeth include Peter Moody’s Zabeel gelding Macedonian who ran an eye-catching second to Niwot in The Lexus Stakes, the David Hayes-trained Tactic, Sydney raider Ironstein and Queensland visitor Anudjawun who ran third in the Lexus.

The full Queen Elizabeth Stakes field and barrier draw can be found below, the race due to jump at 4:30pm Melbourne time on Saturday.

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2011 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Field, Barriers & Weights

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 12X54X0163 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani 5 57kg 103
2 31141X0029 SHOOTOFF (NZ) Graeme Rogerson Kerrin McEvoy 6 57kg 104
3 122112X678 SAHARA SUN (CHI) Luca Cumani Dwayne Dunn 10 55.5kg 100
4 X31488X714 BOOM ’N’ ZOOM Ken Keys Craig Newitt 1 55kg 99
5 83411X9927 PADDY O’REILLY (NZ) Robert Smerdon 3 55kg 99
6 435X006782 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 2 54.5kg 98
7 X0X0X03964 RAFFAELLO Patrick F Ryan Ms Nikita McLean 11 54.5kg 98
8 96X86X9X08 TACTIC (GB) David Hayes Nicholas Hall 12 54.5kg 98
9 3141805545 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 9 54kg 95
10 22X0044543 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 8 54kg 93
11 0715530977 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens Chris Munce 13 54kg 92
12 7284317206 HOME ON A WING Anthony Cummings Dean Yendall 4 54kg 89
13 623X825141 MONTGOMERY (NZ) Colin & Cindy Alderson Peter Mertens 7 54kg 88