Full Sir John Monash Stakes Field 2012

The latest end-of-season Victorian black type is set to run at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday with a capacity field accepted for the 2012 Sir John Monash Stakes.

Secret Flyer

Secret Flyer is back to defend their title in the 2012 Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday

Due to jump as Caulfield Race 6 at 3:07pm, the $100,000 Listed Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) has this year drawn 16 starters plus a sole emergency.

The top rated of the hopefuls is the now Tony Vasil-trained veteran Green Birdie racing in Australia for the first time since their fourth in the 2006 Coolmore Stud Stakes during Flemington’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.

After five years spent racing in Hong Kong the Catbird eight-year-old, winner of the 2010 Group 1 Krisflyer International Sprint in Singapore, returns to Melbourne where they started their career.

They have suffered an early blow however drawing the extreme outside gate 17 of 17 in the Sir John Monash Stakes barriers with Damien Oliver to ride.

Also drawn poorly for Saturday are the likes of Leon Corstens’ evergreen six-year-old Alpha Proxima (16), Darren Weir’s consistent Rubiton mare Rue Maple (15) who ran second from barrier six in this race last year, the Robbie Laing-trained Dash For Cash colt Grand Britannia (14) who has won just one of their 16 starts to date, and last start Listed Creswick Stakes runner-up at Flemington Zamorar (13).

Horses that had better luck with the Monash gates include the Mick Price-trained duo of Tariana (two) coming off a big four and a half length win over 1200m at the track and Night War (six) who races for their first time since their Perth Magic Millions 3YO Stakes win in February, Peter Moody’s progressive Anabaa filly Le Societe (three) and the Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained Rubiton Stakes minor placegetter Hot Spin (four).

Other notable chances in the Sir John Monash Stakes field this year include David Hayes’ Group 1 Oakleigh Plate winner from 2011 Eagle Falls, local Mossman gelding Second Effort to be ridden by Glen Boss from barrier 10, Weir’s second runner Royal Bender and defending champ Secret Flyer.

See below for the full 2012 Sir John Monash Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2012 Sir John Monash Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 6 – 3:07pm – 14/07/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 7547x08x0X GREEN BIRDIE (NZ) Tony Vasil Damien Oliver 17 58.5kg 107
2 040x10009X EAGLE FALLS David Hayes Michael Walker 8 58.5kg 106
3 1×96895066 SECRET FLYER Mark Young Michael Rodd 5 58.5kg 97
4 17x543x110 SECOND EFFORT Clinton McDonald Glen Boss 10 58.5kg 101
5 5157×38112 ALPHA PROXIMA Leon Corstens Jamie Mott 16 58.5kg 96
6 1129x2319X HOT SPIN Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Chris Symons 4 58kg 86
7 2114×14212 ZAMORAR David Bourne Steven Arnold 13 58kg 92
8 58x217439X MISTER MILTON Norman Waymouth Steven King 9 58kg 80
9 7040×53954 GRAND BRITANNIA Robbie Laing 14 58kg 70
10 009220400X AVIENUS Mark Webb Kane Bradley 1 56.5kg 102
11 6252×14242 RUE MAPLE Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 15 56.5kg 93
12 06×4525412 ROYAL BENDER Darren Weir Dean Yendall 7 56.5kg 85
13 x13628x821 TARIANA Mick Price Noel Callow 2 56.5kg 84
14 251x12131X NIGHT WAR Mick Price Craig Newitt 6 56kg 85
15 3321×34211 PLATELET Darren Weir Damian Lane (a) 11 56kg 96
16 11x4x1 LE SOCIETE Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 3 56kg 84
17e 8x4x17x00X ROYAL RAMBLER Michael Drew Dean Holland 12 58.5kg 65