2012 Gold Coast Guineas Field, Barriers & Preview

This Saturday the first of the early Queensland Winter Racing Carnival meetings will take place at the Gold Coast with one of the two Group features on the card being the Gold Coast Guineas 2012.

Morning Captain

Stakes winner Morning Captain is one of the top fancies for the 2012 Gold Coast Guineas this Saturday

Bringing the day to a close as Gold Coast Race 9 at 4:30pm the $125,000 Group 3 Roger Hawke Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) has drawn a capacity field this year with 16 starters plus five emergencies lying in waiting.

Set to wear the number one saddlecloth on Saturday is the Desleigh Forster-trained Easy Running who has drawn ideally with barrier three.

The Easy Rocking gelding ran a devastatingly close second to Punch On in the Gold Coast Magic Millions Guineas here back in January and resumed on April 21 with a tight win over Didntcostalot in the Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1000m) at Eagle Farm.

Regular rider Damien Browne retains the ride for Saturday, Easy Running with good form over the distance having run second in the Listed Gold Edition Plate when they last raced over the 1200-metres.

Gold Edition Plate winner Biggles is also engaged for the Gold Coast Guineas on Saturday drawn in barrier 14 as they have their first run since finishing fifth in the Magic Millions Guineas.

Magic Millions Guineas winner Punch On will also race first-up in the Gold Coast Guineas.

Peter Balzen’s talented Tiger Hill filly, who also won the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) during the summer, has suffered an early blow for her race return drawing barrier 17.

Meanwhile the top rated of the Gold Coast Guineas hopes this year is the Kris Lees-trained Uate who will jump from gate five with Larry Cassidy in the saddle.

The Ad Valorem colt will be third-up for the season after two runs with mixed form.

Their first-up effort to finish a short half-head away second to Title in the Listed Maurcie McCarten Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill was a cracker.

They were found out on a Slow (6) track next time out however when running a distant 10th to Pampelonne in the Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) on April 22.

With the Gold Coast track currently rated a Slow (7) and more rain on the agenda for the ‘sunshine’ state there is a strong chance Lees will scratch Uate from the race.

Their other Saturday option is the $150,000 Listed Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) in New South Wales which is looking more likely with Hawkesbury a Dead (5) with sunny skies.

There are a number of other interstate raiders in the field including the Peter Snowden-trained Lonhro gelding Mental who races for the first time since Emirates Stakes Day, Gerald Ryan’s Exceed And Excel colt Extraceed who hasn’t been seen since their Rosehill win in July 2011, and the David Payne-trained Redoute’s Choice filly Florentina also resuming after her dead last finish in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) in Sydney last October.

Other notable hopefuls include Toowoomba visitor Double Impact who won back-to-back races in Brisbane during January and February including on a Heavy (10) at Doomben, and the Kelly Doughty-trained local Morning Captain.

Morning Captain is almost certain to start at the top of the Gold Coast Guineas betting markets as they have won their past four starts in great style including the Listed National Jockey Celebration Queensland Day Handicap (1350m) on a Slow (6) Doomben track on April 14.

On Saturday Morning Captain has drawn wide with barrier 15 but will come into 13 with all the emergencies out, top hoop Chris Munce maintaining his association with the smart Danbird gelding.

Check out the complete 2012 Gold Coast Guineas field, barriers and jockeys in the table below.

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2012 Gold Coast Guineas Final Field & Barrier Draw

Gold Coast Race 9 – 4:30pm – 05/05/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 171X4252X1 EASY RUNNING Desleigh Forster Damian Browne 3 57kg 89
2 1128X68X20 UATE Kris Lees Larry Cassidy 5 57kg 92
3 8115X1165X BIGGLES Noel J Doyle Timothy Bell (a) 14 57kg 82
4 99X007711X DOUBLE IMPACT Jackie Crompton Eddie Wilkinson 10 57kg 82
5 2X22411X11 MORNING CAPTAIN Kelly Doughty Chris Munce 15 57kg 88
6 177X73006X SHOW A PRINCE Liam Birchley Luke Nolen 13 57kg 72.5
7 85131X EXTRACEED Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 12 57kg 73
8 34X1114X MENTAL Peter Snowden Grant Cooksley 8 57kg 77.5
9 111X4292 DIDNTCOSTALOT Marc Conners Jim Byrne 11 57kg 81
10 X11N34X139 KELBENJAR Natalie Mccall Michael Cahill 1 57kg 76.5
11 2115X32X6 STATE OF WEALTH Brian Smith Scott Galloway 20 57kg 75
12 61365X211X PUNCH ON Peter Balzen Paul Hammersley 17 55kg 91
13 1211X559 EMMALENE Liam Birchley Glen Colless 16 55kg 85
14 25X12230X FLORENTINA David Payne Glyn Schofield 2 55kg 85
15 12346341X5 CRYSTAL DOLL Darryle Brusnahan Kelvin Wharton 4 55kg 80
16 1428X6394X LUCKY MORNA Kelso Wood Jason Taylor 7 55kg 74.5
17e X635412351 ONE TO GO Bruce W Hill 6 57kg 70
18e 12X221057 RUN WITH ME (NZ) Trevor Whittington Brad Stewart 21 57kg 70
19e 14X10010X0 WITCHES WONDER Mark Sims 18 55kg 69
20e 321127X108 GEOLOGICAL Gillian Heinrich 19 57kg 69
21e 1144X1 JAM FANCY Helen Page 9 57kg 71