Sandown Guineas 2011 Field & Barrier Draw

One of the year’s final Group race features for three-year-olds is the 2011 Sandown Guineas this Saturday which has drawn a full field of 16 hopefuls.

Galah

Galah is set to start the 2011 Sandown Guineas favourite on Saturday

Scheduled to run as Sandown Race 7 at 4:10pm (AEDT), the $350,000 Group 2 Betfair Sandown Guineas (1600m) is shaping up as a class race between some very promising youngsters including early favourite Galah.

Prepared by Darley’s No. 1 trainer Peter Snowden, Redoute’s Choice colt Galah has been the picture of consistency over their five-start career to date saluting in their last four races.

After a narrow win over Masthead in the Listed Australia Stakes (1400m), Galah was last seen nudging out Highly Recommended in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes over the Flemington mile on Victoria Derby Day when wearing winkers for the first time, Snowden to keep the winkers on for Saturday.

“I won’t change a thing going into Saturday,” Snowden said.

“The only thing about him was that he was a bit dour as I think he is looking for more ground.

“I’ve kept him fresh since winning the Carbine Club Stakes, so hopefully he will be ready to go again for 1600 metres, but I think next autumn his best form will be over 2000 metres or further.”

With form over the distance, an excellent record and the ideal barrier four draw Galah is the definite rank horse in the 2011 Sandown Guineas and will likely open in odds-on territory again in the Luxbet markets.

Snowden will be dually represented in the Sandown Guineas this year having also accepted for his improving Lonhro gelding Mental.

The three-time winner comes off a close fourth place finish in the Listed Hilton Hotels Stakes (1400m) at Flemington last Saturday where they jumped form barrier 12 of 14, and they have again drawn double-digits for the Guineas set to start from gate 11.

Hilton Hotels Stakes winner on Emirates Stakes Day, the Mick Price-trained Instinction is also set to back up in the Sandown Guineas.

The in-form Exceed And Excel colt seeks their third win on the trot but has suffered an early blow drawing awkwardly in barrier 13 with Craig Newitt retaining the ride.

Price will also be represented in the Sandown Guineas by the lightly-raced Saint Etienne who has drawn well with barrier three.

Spinning World three-year-old Saint Etienne has had three starts to date, most recently finishing a quarter length away third to Galah in the Carbine Club Stakes, and will be ridden by Crown Oaks-winning hoop Danny Nikolic.

“Instinction is the better chance of the two at a guess but you never know,” Price said of his Guineas hopes.

“He (Instinction) was a good winner last Saturday and he’s on the way up.

“He’s bounced back really well from the run.

“Saint Etienne was beaten only a short half-head and a half-neck behind Galah in the Carbine Club and (Galah) will probably start favourite.”

“He’s a one-batter but he’s tough and he is worthy of his place in the field.”

Price seeks his second success in the Sandown Guineas having prepared 2007 winner Schilling.

Last-start Mornington winner Westsouthwest is Price’s third Sandown Guineas entry, to have the inside running from barrier one should they start.

Other notable Sandown Guineas 2011 acceptors include Hilton Hotels Stakes runner-up Mahisara (barrier five) and third placegetter Amah Rock (barrier eight), Gai Waterhouse’s Victoria Derby failure Niagara (barrier 16) and the Peter Moody-trained Covered In Class (barrier 14).

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2011 Sandown Guineas Field, Barriers & Jockeys

Sandown Race 7 – 12/11/2011

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 21X111 GALAH Peter Snowden 4 56.5kg 89
2 11321X32 MAHISARA Paul Messara Michael Rodd 5 56.5kg 86
3 42483X3704 GRAND BRITANNIA Robbie Laing Hugh Bowman 15 56.5kg 74
4 173X3432 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 9 56.5kg 78
5 5X68X211 INSTINCTION Mick Price Craig Newitt 13 56.5kg 78
6 11X33 AMAH ROCK Peter Morgan James Winks 8 56.5kg 84
7 34X1114 MENTAL Peter Snowden 11 56.5kg 76
8 6X32X81224 FIRST COURSE Ken Keys Dwayne Dunn 7 56.5kg 72
9 42X2130 NIAGARA Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 16 56.5kg 74
10 1453X182 COVERED IN CLASS Peter G Moody Brad Rawiller 14 56.5kg 68
11 213 SAINT ETIENNE Mick Price Danny Nikolic 3 56.5kg 70
12 15X156 RED RAIN Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Chris Symons 6 56.5kg 68
13 224X1 SO SWIFT Bill & Symon Wilde Craig Williams 2 56.5kg 64
14 5X1 WESTSOUTHWEST (NZ) Mick Price 1 56.5kg 62
15 9X4061 KING’S SHILLING Jim Mason Jamie Mott 10 56.5kg 60
16 5 KOBE QUEEN Judy Mawer Ms Lisa Cropp 12 54.5kg 57