After originally attracting 14 nominations this Saturday’s 2012 Beaufine Stakes at Belmont Park has drawn a final field of 12 sprinters, the quality handicap headlining the WA racing action this weekend.
Set to start at 3:25pm (local time) as Belmont Race 7 the $80,000 Listed Beaufine Stakes (1000m) is headlined this year by 59.5kg topweight Hadabeclorka.
The veteran 10-year-old galloper, last seen running fifth to Luckygray in the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) on June 9, certainly has their work cut out for them rising 2.5kg in the weights from their last run.
Hadabeclorka must also drop from 1400m to 1000m and overcome gate 10 of 12 if they are to be crowned the 2012 Beaufine Stakes winner.
The other heavily weighted hopeful is then Chris Gangemi’s Hussonet seven-year-old Werd with 59kg.
Drawn far more favourably in barrier six Werd resumes after a four month break, before which they won the Listed WATC Stakes (1100m) at Ascot two starts back.
Seven of the 12 horses engaged in the Beaufine Stakes this year are in fact racing first-up on Saturday, other notable resuming gallopers including the Jim Taylor-trained Summer Scorcher champion Latoria (barrier nine), four-year-old Oratorio gelding Le Sacre (barrier one) and the George Daly-trained Vizard drawn in the extreme outside barrier.
Meanwhile there is just one last start winner engaged in the Beaufine Stakes 2012 field with the Paul Jordan-trained Right Time.
The progressive Snippetson three-year-old has won four of their past five starts, most recently over the same track and distance as the Beaufine on July 14.
After weighing up the possibilities and the likelihood that Right Time will be penalised around 10 points in the ratings department should they win on Saturday, connections decided to accept.
The complete 2012 Beaufine Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights can be found in the table below.
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2012 Beaufine Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Belmont Race 7 – 3:25pm – 28/07/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight|
|1||45x940x845||HADABECLORKA||Brent Larsson||Glenn Smith||10||59.5kg|
|2||262552315x||WERD||Chris Gangemi||Shaun Mc Gruddy||6||59kg|
|3||31x111x43x||LATORIA||Jim P Taylor||Jason Brown||9||54.5kg|
|4||x74455x29x||XAARAVID||George Daly||Chad Davies||4||54.5kg|
|5||1311x21x38||ANSWERS ARE||Fred Kersley||Steven Parnham||3||54kg|
|6||2213187×28||CAVES ROAD||Lindsey Smith||Peter Knuckey||11||54kg|
|7||4315x5987x||HENRY DE HORSE||Derek Jones||Ms Nicole Hopwood||5||54kg|
|8||992111104x||LE SACRE||Peter Giadresco||Clint Harvey||1||54kg|
|9||6315283278||MEGEM’S BOY||Stan Bates||William Pike||2||54kg|
|10||x75793116x||NONAME CITY||Sean Casey||Shaun Meeres||7||54kg|
|11||1327×11141||RIGHT TIME||Paul Jordan||Craig Staples||8||54kg|
|12||70x882383x||VIZARD||George Daly||Ryan Hill (a)||12||54kg|