Telegraph Handicap 2012 Field, Odds & Preview

This Saturday the latest elite level race in New Zealand will run at Trentham Racecourse, the 2012 Telegraph Handicap field and betting of particular interest to Aussie punters as our own Atomic Force is the short-priced favourite to win.

Atomic Force

Atomic Force shoots for their second New Zealand Group 1 win on the trot in the 2012 Telegraph Handicap

The Group 1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m), scheduled to run as Trentham Race 9 at 5:46pm (local time), originally drew a capacity final field.

Since acceptances, however, #1 Mufhasa has been scratched after being allocated the hefty 61kg topweight and then drawing awkwardly in barrier 16.

Of the remaining hopefuls it is Darren Smith’s Newcastle galloper Atomic Force who is the clear favourite in the Telegraph Handicap 2012 odds at Luxbet.

Sent across the ditch after a smart win at Canterbury in November, the Danehill Dancer six-year-old outclassed the Kiwis on January 1 to win the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m) on a Slow (8) Ellerslie track.

Carrying 58kg to victory with Nash Rawiller aboard after overcoming barrier 12 of 14, Atomic Force has been well supported to make it a double shot of Group 1 success in New Zealand this weekend.

Rawiller retains the ride and they are now the 59kg topweight of the Telegraph Handicap field, but they will advantage greatly coming into the ideal barrier four draw.

“He should get a nice run there on Saturday now,” Rawiller said earlier in the week.

“Sometimes the speed is from the outside and you think you’re getting into a good spot and next minute you can be in an awkward spot.

“I don’t know if it’s a huge advantage but I’m certainly drawn to give him his chance to carry the weight and win.

“We’re very confident the horse will fly the flag for us again.”

In the latest markets Atomic Force is the $2.30 Telegraph Handicap betting favourite with only two other rivals at single-figures to win.

Following Atomic Force in the markets is Guiseppina ($6 Luxbet), who has lots of work to do from the extreme outside gate, and Durham Town ($9) who is drawn at the opposite end of the field on the rails in gate one.

While drawn wide, Johar mare Guisppina is due to be ridden by ace Kiwi hoop James McDonald and was impressive last start back in November when winning the Listed Levin Stakes (1200m) at Otaki.

Falkirk four-year-old Durham Town from the Ruakaka stables of Donna & Dean Logan was outclassed in the Railway Stakes when finishing five and a half lengths away eight to Atomic Force, but their run was hampered by an awkward barrier 11 and their inside draw on Saturday will suit better.

Durham Town will also like getting back to a more manageable weight having struggled under the 57kg with Vin Colgan aboard in the Railway.

The start before they claimed a good half-length win in the Group 2 Concorde Handicap (1200M0 on December 3 when ridden by Jason Collett on 52.5kg.

They have 53.5kg for the Telegraph Handicap and Railway jockey Colgan retains the ride.

Another horse backing up from the Railway Stakes is John Bary’s runner-up The Hombre who has Group 3 winning form in Australia.

Atomic Force is a versatile sprinter who is proven on all types of tracks.

Their recent Canterbury win was on a Heavy (9) course, but they have also won on a Good (3) track at Caulfield back in August.

Trentham Racecourse, home to the Wellington Racing Club, is currently rated a Dead (4) and is expected to remain so at jump time on Saturday with no rain forecast.

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2012 Telegraph Handicap Final Field & Barriers

Trentham Race 9 – 21/01/2012

# Form Horse Barrier Hcp. Rating Weight (kg) Jockey Trainer
1 12121 MUFHASA 16 111 61.0 Stephen McKee
2 36411 ATOMIC FORCE (AUS) 4 107 59.0 Nash Rawiller Darren Smith
3 55745 O’Cartier 12 102 56.5 Hayden Tinsley Joch & Karen Parsons
4 54420 VONUSTI 15 102 56.5 Noel Harris Tim & Margaret Carter
5 41654 EL CHICO 10 99 55.0 Lisa Allpress Michael Pitman
6 00X04 ATAPI (AUS) 18 98 54.5 Jim Byrne Richard Otto
7 X3267 DOUBLE BARREL 9 96 54.0 Darryl Bradley Moira Murdoch & Dominic Olson
8 12449 IMANI 8 95 54.0 Robert Hannam Terri Rae
9 X1272 THE HOMBRE (AUS) 20 95 54.0 Jason Waddell John Bary
10 81118 DURHAM TOWN 1 93 53.5 Vinnie Colgan Donna & Dean Logan
11 X5600 EGO 7 93 53.5 Paul Taylor Ben Foote
12 X2601 GUISEPPINA 22 99 53.0 James McDonald Steven Ramsay & Julia Ritchie
13 3X4X1 GASTON (AUS) 14 90 53.0 Kelly Myers Graeme & Debbie Rogerson
14 X4220 UPSALA 11 90 53.0 Matthew Cameron Kenny * Lisa Rae
15 12101 BABY GUINNESS 21 94 52.0 Craig Grylls Karen Fursdon & Gemma Sliz
16 11441 SO ELUSIVE 13 94 52.0 David Walsh Michael Pitman
17 11232 STARGURU 19 88 52.0 Rosie Myers (a) Patrick Campbell
18 5X122 CHARMA 17 85 52.0 Mark Sweeney Graeme & Mark Sanders
19 12512 EIGHT SCHILLINGS (B1) 3 85 52.0 Sam Spratt Stephen McKee
20 3X354 ROUGH ODDS (B2) 2 84 52.0 Richard Collett
21 25320 KAPTIN KIRUP (IRE) (B3) 5 82 52.0 Michael Moroney & Andrew Clarken
22 76742 REUBEN THORN (B4) 6 75 52.0 Grant Searle