This Friday night the latest Moonee Valley night racing meeting will be headlined by a smart field of three-year-olds facing off in the Alister Clark Stakes 2012, the top-rated of which is Victoria Derby winning Kiwi Sangster.
Trent Busuttin’s Savabeel gelding Sangster was the talk of the town in Victoria during the spring when they held on in a gritty finish to defeat Induna in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington.
They have had two runs back this season, but over unsuitably short distances, and have unsurprisingly failed to impress.
First-up back home they ran dead last in the Group 1 Waikato Draught Spring (1400m) at Te Rapa.
On March 3 they travelled across the Tasman for their first 2012 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival assignment but managed to beat home just one other runner when crossing 16 lengths away 15th to history-making winner Mosheen in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).
With the leading three-year-olds including Mosheen and Manawanui racing in Sydney’s $500,000 Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on Saturday, Sangster will stay on in Melbourne and tackle the $200,000 Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m).
Running as Moonee Valley Race 6 at 9:15pm on Friday night, the 2012 Alister Clark Stakes field features 10 hopefuls, Sangster drawn in barrier two.
Many of the Alister Clark Stakes chances this year come via a run in the Australian Guineas including Snippetson colt Mister Milton (3rd), Peter Moody’s consistent Fastnet Rock colt Highly Recommended (5th), last year’s Victoria Derby third placegetter Sabrage (6th) and Mick Price’s up-and-comer Proliferate (7th).
As for Australian Guineas third placegetter Mister Milton, who was just five and half lengths off Mosheen, their trainer Norman Waymouth holds high hopes for continued improvement as they go up in distance this prep.
“This race wasn’t on the radar for him but he pulled up so well I’ve decided to accept with him,” Waymouth said.
“I want to run him to test him over the 2040 metres because if he runs it out it gives him more scope for later on in his career.”
Purchased for just $7,500 in the 2010 Melbourne Autumn Yearling Sales, Mister Milton has already netted over $182,000 in prize money.
Having run third in the Australian Guineas at odds of nearly $100, punters will be lucky to even get them near double figures in the Alister Clark Stakes odds at bookmaker.com.au this week.
Check out the complete 2012 Top Cup Alister Clark Stakes field, barriers and jockeys below.
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2012 Alister Clark Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Moonee Valley Race 6 – 9:15pm – 16/03/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||X128321X80||SANGSTER (NZ)||Trent Busuttin||Danny Nikolic||2||57kg||108|
|2||1X04313X86||SABRAGE||Michael Moroney||Damien Oliver||8||57kg||93|
|3||X2134X2856||SPECTER||Anthony Freedman||Nicholas Hall||10||57kg||84|
|4||X34324X335||HIGHLY RECOMMENDED||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||6||57kg||82|
|5||111X27||PROLIFERATE||Mick Price||Michael Walker||4||57kg||89|
|6||8358X21743||MISTER MILTON||Norman Waymouth||Ben Melham||1||57kg||82|
|7||72X4947X3||I FEEL GOOD||Frankie Stockdale||Noel Callow||7||57kg||62|
|8||8X2115X667||TONED||Robert Hickmott||Steven King||3||57kg||68|
|9||97X1138||DANY THE FOX (NZ)||Michael Kent||Craig Williams||5||57kg||66|
|10||33||ETHIOPIA||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||9||57kg||66|