Plenty of Speed in 2012 Chief De Beers Handicap Field

Another action-packed day of racing will take place at Doomben this weekend and one of the most exciting support races to the Doomben 10,000 will be the 2012 Chief De Beers Handicap (1100m).

Fourteen horses have been named in the final field to contest the $80,000 Listed event and there is no shortage of speed.

Highly impressive Robert Heathcote-trained gelding Excellantes was dominant last start when winning the Westfield Chermside Handicap by three lengths and has drawn a plum barrier five position as he attempts to score a second consecutive victory.

Fellow last-start winner Seek And Find bolted out of the gates to take top honours in the Doomben Dash and he has drawn the inside barrier for what will be his first start at Listed level.

Seek And Find was challenged in the Doomben Dash by runner-up Nuptse and they get the chance to again go head to head this weekend with Nuptse set to jump from barrier eight.

Sue Grills-trained six-year-old Border Rebel has been in poor form of late but has a chance to get back in the winners circle this weekend.

The winner of 14 of 28 starts has been allocated the top weight of 59kg but will be advantaged if the rain falls as predicted this weekend.

A son of Johannesburg, Border Rebel has produced four victories from five starts when running on slow or heavy tracks.

Veteran gelding Ghetto Blaster is a Group level winner but faces a tough task to end his two-year winless drought this weekend.

The Gillian Heinrich-trained eight-year-old will be forced to carry 58kg from the outside barrier and struggled first-up when 12th at Doomben last weekend.

The Chief De Beers Handicap will jump at 4:40pm on Saturday as the last race of the day on an exciting eight-race card.

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Chief De Beers Handicap 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 X14400X100 BORDER REBEL Sue Grills Timothy Bell (a) 12 59kg 102
2 00X7749X0X GHETTO BLASTER Gillian Heinrich Michael Rodd 14 58kg 100
3 3403283144 JETSET LAD (NZ) John Wheeler Jonathan Riddell 9 57.5kg 99
4 X3911122X1 SEEK AND FIND Kelso Wood Jason Taylor 1 56.5kg 97
5 2X22469X41 EXCELLANTES Robert Heathcote James McDonald 5 55kg 94
6 27X9X00538 GUNDY SON Robert Heathcote TBA 3 55kg 94
7 65744X7560 MONTANA FLYER Terry Commerford Brad Stewart 4 54.5kg 97
8 026X11901X HAVATRYST Barry Baldwin Larry Cassidy 6 54kg 92
9 585X61223X THE SIXTIES Tracy Green Micheal Hellyer 10 54kg 89.5
10 X1134513X2 NUPTSE Brian Wakefield Chris Munce 8 54kg 87
11 X0501648X0 SOMMERSEA DRIVE Trevor Miller Michael Cahill 13 54kg 85
12 77X30X84X3 DELAGO BOLT James Lyons Dwayne Dunn 7 54kg 84
13 6132390X14 PATTIES MATE Shane Barling Jim Byrne 11 54kg 84
14 12X1121X17 ROCKER Kelly Schweida Glen Colless 2 54kg 83