A smart final field of three-year-olds has been revealed for the 2012 Carbine Club Stakes this Saturday, the set weights clash over the Royal Randwick mile one of the nine Group features to run for Australian Derby Day.
Scheduled as Randwick Race 2 at 12:25pm, the $125,000 Group 3 Bacardi Together Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) attracted 11 acceptors today, the Peter Snowden-trained Galah installed as the 58kg topweight.
Originally Snowden also nominated for his Randwick Guineas fourth placegetter Ambidexter in the Carbine Club Stakes, but the masterful trainer will now be represented solely by Galah in barrier eight.
The Redoute’s Choice colt won the Group 3 Inglis Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington back on Derby Day before their close third in the Group 2 Sandwon Guineas, also over the mile, but has failed to impress this season.
Galah was last seen finishing over seven lengths away 14th to Laser Hawk, who starts the bookmaker.com.au favourite in the $1.5 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on Saturday, in the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and Snowden hopes getting them back to the 1600-metres will force improvement.
There are three last start winners engaged in this year’s Carbine Club Stakes field with Now You Know, Fat Al and Imperial Grand.
The Danny O’Brien-trained Elusive City colt Now You Know has come up trumps with barrier two, red hot hoop Craig Williams to ride the youngster who comes off a win over the 1600m at Moonee Valley back on March 23.
Gai Waterhouse’s Al Maher gelding Fat Al has also drawn nicely for Saturday with gate three and Nash Rawiller to ride, the three-year-old having resumed with a good win in the Albury Guineas (1400m) on March 23.
The Anthony Cummings-trained Imperial Grand, meanwhile, will get away from barrier six with Hugh Bowman in the saddle as the Hotel Grand gelding seek their third straight win.
On Easter Monday they put an easy two and a half lengths on a quality field over 1550m at Randwick, and despite the short back-up are likely to jump one of the top fancies in the Carbine Club Stakes this weekend.
Cummings will also be represented in the race by Outback Prince colt Outlaw Prince in barrier nine, the youngster coming off a good third to subsequent Tulloch Stakes fourth placegetter Iggi Pop over 1800m at Randwick’s Kensington track back on April 1.
Other notable chances in the 2012 Carbine Club Stakes field include the Peter Moody-trained Savabeel gelding Brambles and Michael Moroney’s Albury Guineas third placegetter Devonshire Duke who came up with the extreme outside barrier 11.
See below for the full Carbine Club Stakes field, barriers and jockeys.
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2012 Carbine Club Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Royal Randwick Race 2 – 12:25pm – 14/04/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1X1113X990||GALAH||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||8||58kg||88|
|2||6219X21641||NOW YOU KNOW (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Craig Williams||2||56kg||73|
|3||7X121X1||FAT AL||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||3||56kg||76|
|4||3112X2||BRAMBLES (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||5||56kg||70|
|5||8X9X842011||IMPERIAL GRAND||Anthony Cummings||Hugh Bowman||6||56kg||65|
|6||39X7932124||DANZIG KING||Bob Thomsen||Christian Reith||10||56kg||59|
|7||0X44123||OUTLAW PRINCE||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||9||56kg||63|
|8||13X374||SHOWPONY EXPRESS||John O’Shea||James McDonald||7||56kg||63|
|9||1X6X93||DEVONSHIRE DUKE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Glyn Schofield||11||56kg||59|
|10||478X538||FORTUNEFIVEHUNDRED||Anthony Cummings||Dwayne Dunn||4||56kg|
|11||2X8910||TAVARNELLE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Corey Brown||1||54kg||67|