Helmet Heads Capacity Australian Guineas 2012 Field

Peter Snowden’s triple Group 1 hero Helmet is set to run in his Aussie swansong at Flemington this Saturday, the overseas-bound colt sure to start the favourite in the markets for the 2012 Australian Guineas after coming up with the perfect gate.


Helmet is out to become just the second horse in history to complete the Caulfield Guineas - Australian Guineas double on Saturday

A capacity field of 16 starters plus four emergencies were paid up for at acceptance stage today making for a bumper edition of the $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).

Won 12 months ago by smart filly Shamrocker, the Australian Guineas 2012 is set to run as Flemington Race 6 at 4:00pm (VIC time) and is sure to be one of the most bet on of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival features at Luxbet.

Drawn ideally in barrier five with regular rider Kerrin McEvoy engaged, Exceed And Excel three-year-old Helmet goes into the Australian Guineas second-up for the season.

Heading off overseas next month for the Dubai World Cup Night followed by a new career racing in Europe under new connections Godolphin, Helmet will be out on Saturday to atone for his shock first-up defeat.

Going out as the odds-on favourite Helmet could only manage to finish two and a half lengths away fifth behind winner That’s The One in his resuming run in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1410m) at Flemington a fortnight ago.

Despite that upset the money is sure to be back on Helmet again in the Australian Guineas odds at Luxbet once updated markets are released, the $1.6 million earner out to become just the second horse in history along with Mahogany to take out the Caulfield – Australian Guineas double.

The Colin & Cindy Alderson-trained That’s The One who got the better of Helmet last-start is also set to back-up in the Australian Guineas field this weekend.

A lightly-raced Snippetson gelding that has won three of their five career starts to date, That’s The One has suffered an early blow drawing awkwardly with barrier 14, Craig Williams to maintain their association.

That’s The One, who was well beaten by Helmet in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) during the spring, certainly was eye-catching in the CS Hayes but going up to a mile for the first time and with a fitter Helmet in the field their chance of another upset is unlikely.

History is also against any horse drawn in double-digits for the three-year-olds’ showdown as no Australian Guineas winner in the race’s 26-year-old history to date has ever jumped from double digits, 14 of the past 22 editions of the race having had 10 or more starters.

Along with That’s The One, CS Hayes Stakes runner-up Decircles and equal third placegetters Highly Recommended and Instinction will also get their chance in the Australian Guineas 2012.

While the Danny O’Brien-trained Decircles was a big loser with gate 18 in the Australian Guineas barrier draw, Peter Moody’s consistent Fastnet Rock colt Highly Recommended and the Mick Price-prepared stakes winning grey Instinction have come up trumps with four and one respectively.

Instinction is one of two Australian Guineas acceptances for in-form Caulfield horseman Mick Price who is fresh off a Blue Diamond Stakes win with his ace filly Samaready and who is vying for his third Australian Guineas win in five years following the success of Light Fantastic (2008) and Heart Of Dreams (2009).

His other Saturday headliner is the up-and-coming Proliferate in gate eight, the More Than Ready colt having finished a length behind Instinction when the pair worked over 1200-metres at Caulfield on Tuesday morning.

“Instinction has probably got a better turn of foot up to a mile, but I’m not underestimating Proliferate,” Price said when asked his favourite of the duo.

“He (Proliferate) is a beautiful colt and I really like him heading towards 2000-metres and beyond.

“If it is top of the ground (in the Australian Guineas) Proliferate is capable of running a really good sectional and he has plenty of stamina.”

Other most notable 2012 Australian Guineas hopeful is Mosheen looking to go back-to-back for the fillies in the classic.

Along with Helmet Mosheen was also a shock beaten-favourite at Flemington on February 18 when she went down a nose to Shopaholic in the Group 3 The Vanity (1410m).

Having sat second behind Helmet in the futures Australian Guineas betting at Luxbet over the past few weeks, Robert Smerdon’s Crown Oaks winning daughter of Fastnet Rock’s chances of securing a second elite level look dismal after she drew the extreme outside barrier 20.

See below for the full Australian Guineas field, barriers and jockeys for Saturday’s clash.

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2012 Australian Guineas Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 6 – 4:00pm – 03/03/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11X33118X5 HELMET Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 5 56.5kg 112
2 0X128321X8 SANGSTER (NZ) Trent Busuttin Mark Zahra 13 56.5kg 108
3 1X04313X8 SABRAGE Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 9 56.5kg 93
4 X21315X433 ADAMANTIUM (NZ) Danny O’Brien Dwayne Dunn 6 56.5kg 88
5 2752315X5 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings Nicholas Hall 16 56.5kg 91
6 X68X211X13 INSTINCTION Mick Price Craig Newitt 1 56.5kg 91
7 116X21 THAT’S THE ONE Colin & Cindy Alderson Craig Williams 14 56.5kg 91
8 210X79X121 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings Michael Rodd 19 56.5kg 84
9 3X34324X33 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Peter G Moody Noel Callow 4 56.5kg 82
10 111X2 PROLIFERATE Mick Price Michael Walker 8 56.5kg 89
11 3X5113X67 HUEGILL Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 7 56.5kg 86
12 762X1X252 DECIRCLES Danny O’Brien Glen Boss 18 56.5kg 82
13 2X812246X4 FIRST COURSE Ken Keys Steven Arnold 12 56.5kg 72
14 28358X2174 MISTER MILTON Norman Waymouth Ben Melham 2 56.5kg 72
15 42X17415 BOMBALATOMBA (NZ) Chris Hyland Brad Rawiller 10 56.5kg 68
16 3531261X12 MOSHEEN Robert Smerdon Danny Nikolic 20 54.5kg 105
17e 72X4947X I FEEL GOOD Frankie Stockdale 15 56.5kg 62
18e 1709X1 NICONOISE David Hayes 11 56.5kg 70
19e 8X2115X66 TONED Robert Hickmott Steven King 3 56.5kg 70
20e 2X121 SHANGHAI WARRIOR Pat Hyland Steven Arnold 17 56.5kg 68