Luckygray Draws Wide – 2012 Memsie Stakes Field

Perth galloper Luckygray will have to overcome a wide draw if he is to taste victory in his second Melbourne start this Saturday in the Group 2 2012 Memsie Stakes (1400m).

Rekindled Interest

Rekindled Interest will take on Luckygray in Saturday's Memsie Stakes

The Western Australian Group 1 winner arrived in the Victorian capital with plenty of hype ahead of his PB Lawrence Stakes start and performed solidly on a heavy track to run home in fourth position.

But it will get no easier in his second time at the track as the five-year-old has drawn barrier 12 in a quality 15-horse field.

Among his top rivals in the $220,000 feature is 2011 Cox Plate placegetter Rekindled Interest who will kick off his spring campaign this weekend.

The Jim Conlan-trained gelding has drawn far better in barrier three and will be ridden for the first time by Steven Arnold.

Also having their first race of the preparation is Caulfield Cup favourite Green Moon who finished runner-up in the prestigious staying event last year.

The talented import had just one start in the autumn when he won the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) ahead of Pied A Terre at Flemington.

While a number of horses are kicking off their campaigns this weekend, two Memsie Stakes runners have already shown form.

Second Effort won the PB Lawrence Stakes while Happy Trails took out Group 3 Spring Stakes at Morphetville on August 11.

Also set to contest the Memsie Stakes are Sydney Cup winner Niwot, veteran gelding Wall Street and Peter Moody-trained import Voila Ici.

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Memsie Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 21834x26x5 HEART OF DREAMS Mick Price Craig Newitt 15 59kg 114
2 x1321x343x VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 14 59kg 110
3 18597x454x SINCERO Stephen Farley Michael Rodd 4 59kg 113
4 46x636060x WALL STREET (NZ) Michael Moroney Luke Currie 2 59kg 108
5 112x447x8x MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes TBA 8 59kg 108
6 x00338x5x0 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott Eddie Cassar 6 59kg 110
7 018x55441x NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes TBA 1 59kg 108
8 11115×1114 LUCKYGRAY Gino Poletti Shaun O’Donnell 12 59kg 109
9 0x10009x66 EAGLE FALLS David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 7 59kg 103
10 41533x625x REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan Steven Arnold 3 59kg 112
11 x892120x1x GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Craig Williams 5 59kg 108
12 x543x11061 SECOND EFFORT Clinton McDonald Chris Symons 10 59kg 104
13 1x71411x6x SANAGAS (GER) Bart Cummings Brad Rawiller 13 59kg 108
14 4x233446x1 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Glen Boss 11 59kg 100
15 x217439x95 MISTER MILTON Norman Waymouth Steven King 9 58.5kg 80