Final Field and Barrier Draw – 2012 Newmarket Handicap

The final field for the 2012 Newmarket Handicap has now been named and impressive sprinter Hay List will be the headline act in the nation’s most prestigious sprint on Saturday.

With wonder mare Black Caviar not running, the John McNair trained gelding gets his chance to show just how good he is and build on his already outstanding record when he runs from barrier 15 this weekend.

The six-year-old has chalked up 14 career victories from 21 starts and six of those have come over the Newmarket distance of 1200 metres.

Hay List

Hay List is the horse to beat in Saturday's Newmarket Handicap

Despite his quality, it will be no easy race for the top weight (58.5kg), with the Group 1 event attracting an unbelievable line up of the nation’s top sprinters.

Hay List will have to beat the likes of Bel Sprinter (52.5kg) and Rain Affair (55.5kg) who are carrying 6kg and 3kg less than him respectively.

Rain Affair will run from the inside barrier in his first race in Melbourne and will be looking to score his 10th straight victory after being undefeated in Sydney for more than a year.

Only a second-place finish in the gelding’s second ever race has got in the way of him having a flawless career record to date.

Trained by Jason Warren, Bel Sprinter is on track to chase top billings in the $1 million event after passing a vet check on a superficial wound by Racing Victoria officials yesterday.

The four-year-old gelding will be bandaged when he runs from barrier 13 on Saturday and will have to get a final clearance from the vets on race morning.

Toorak Toff, who is looking to achieve the unbelievable feat of winning the Newmarket first up, ran impressively with Damien Oliver in the saddle during a trial at Flemington yesterday.

The two time Group 1 winner has won six times from 17 outings and he will be looking to build on that over his preferred 1200 metre distance.

John O’Shea trained colt Foxwedge also impressed during a trial run at Flemington yesterday and the three-year-old is coming off a decent fourth-place effort in the Group 1 Coolmore Lightning Stakes.

The Fastnet Rock colt has three wins from 10 starts and has already amassed over $500,000 in prize money.

Other horses named in the 2012 Newmarket Handicap final field include Beaded, Buffering, Albert the Fat, Woorim and Temple of Boom.

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2012 Newmarket Handicap – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 16X21212X2 HAY LIST John McNair Glyn Schofield 15 58.5kg 116
2 0X46X2421X ALBERT THE FAT Chris Waller TBA 7 56.5kg 112
3 5X0X51030X TOORAK TOFF Rick Hore-Lacy Damien Oliver 6 56kg 111
4 X132X122X2 BEADED Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 14 55.5kg 114
5 90X0040X10 EAGLE FALLS David Hayes Dwayne Dunn 18 55.5kg 110
6 111111X111 RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride Corey Brown 1 55.5kg 110
7 1X106617X1 WOORIM Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 2 55.5kg 110
8 744X1462X3 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote Michael Rodd 8 54.5kg 108
9 147X11272X KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 3 54.5kg 112
10 X4501613X6 TEMPLE OF BOOM Tony Gollan Danny Nikolic 11 54.5kg 108
11 113X2231X0 GRAND NIRVANA Fred Kersley TBA 20 54kg 107
12 XLX221342X WARATAH’S SECRET Jim P Taylor Jason Brown 5 53.5kg 106
13 X231X513X5 LONE ROCK Robert Smerdon Glen Boss 12 53kg 109
14 1X1112X16 BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren Ben Melham 13 52.5kg 104
15 0X31X211X3 FACILE TIGRE Jason McLachlan Craig Newitt 21 52.5kg 104
16 21120X7X49 ROCK CLASSIC Bart Cummings James Winks 10 52.5kg 104
17 X4601341X1 LIVEANDLETDIE Mark Kavanagh TBA 9 52kg 94
18 0X1X1913X9 MASTER OF DESIGN David Payne Stephen Baster 16 52kg 102
19 11222X84X8 METALLURGICAL John P Thompson Nicholas Hall 19 52kg 95
20 38211X704X MR CHARD Dean Lawson Dean Holland 4 52kg 97
21 X23X4387X7 PHELAN READY Jason McLachlan Dean Yendall 23 52kg 102
22 37X12412X4 FOXWEDGE John O’Shea Craig Williams 17 50kg 104
23 12X1X10 AFRICAN PULSE Michael Moroney Ms Lisa Cropp 22 50kg 91