This Saturday’s 2012 Doncaster Prelude gives a field of 18 horses a chance to press their claims for a berth in the prestigious Doncaster Mile which will take place on April 21.
Bart Cummings entered German import Illo in the event in the hope he might be a late Doncaster chance and prove better over a mile (1600m) after failing to impress at 2000 metres in the Australian Cup and the Ranvet Stakes.
The job of doing so became far tougher this morning when the six-year-old received an unfavourable barrier 17 draw.
He is one of four overseas horses named in the final field, with the most high profile being the top weight, Foreteller.
The Brisitsh gelding will carry 59kg into Saturday’s race and will be looking to bounce back after his first run this autumn resulted in a twelfth-place finish in the Canterbury Stakes.
The five-year-old has shown moments of promise since arriving in Australia with a highlight win coming in the Group 3 David Jones Cup but he is yet to really impress and has an overall record of four wins from 11 starts.
Chris Waller-trained gelding The Verminator will make his return from a spell and Waller will be hoping the five-year-old can return to the form that saw him win the Group 1 Big 6 Metropolitan at Randwick last October.
Another former Group 1 winner set to race in the Doncaster Prelude is Absolutely who won last year’s AJC Oaks ahead of Shamrocker and Pinker Pinker.
The Redoute’s Choice mare has had one start this campaign where she finished fifth to Niagara in the Ajax Stakes.
One horse heading into the race with some form on the board is Lohnro mare Raspberries.
Trained by Peter Snowden, the four-year-old won the Group 3 PFD Food Services Stakes at Flemington in early march and backed it up with a third-place effort in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes.
The Doncaster Prelude will run as the ninth race on the Australian Derby Day card this weekend and is set to jump at 4:52pm (AEST).
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2012 Doncaster Prelude – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||1X115715X0||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||TBA||6||59kg||106|
|2||X860X05X49||ALL SILENT||Grahame Begg||James McDonald||4||58.5kg||105|
|3||21X30X4287||ILLO (GER)||Bart Cummings||Nash Rawiller||17||58.5kg||105|
|4||143315100X||THE VERMINATOR||Chris Waller||TBA||13||58.5kg||105|
|5||18055451X0||IRONSTEIN||Gerald Ryan||Glyn Schofield||16||57kg||102|
|6||321X5660X5||ABSOLUTELY||Michael Kent||Brad Rawiller||18||56.5kg||105|
|7||61X976X070||GATHERING||John P Thompson||TBA||3||56.5kg||101|
|8||5X1X77X0X4||LARRY’S NEVER LATE (NZ)||Jim Conlan||Glen Boss||7||56kg||100|
|10||15X3294X36||FAST CLIP||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||11||55kg||98|
|12||X22X6X1147||SPEEDINESS||Colin Scott||Craig Williams||10||54kg||95|
|13||X9890568X0||LODGE THE DEEDS||Gwenda Markwell||TBA||14||54kg||93|
|14||630X111383||ALMA’S FURY||Paul Murray||Peter Robl||1||54kg||92|
|15||03144X2334||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Christian Reith||12||54kg||92|
|16||41X785333X||LEGSMAN (NZ)||John O’Shea||TBA||15||54kg||92|
|17||X52120X436||ALL LEGAL||Kevin Moses||Jim Cassidy||5||54kg||91|
|18||X531111X38||REVOLT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Rod Quinn||9||54kg||80|