With the spring proper approaching, the good horses are beginning to return, and there is no shortage of quality in Saturday’s Listed 2012 Heath 1100 at Caulfield.
Otherwise known as Theshark.com.au Stakes, 10 horses have been the named in the final field for the $120,000 sprint including the Peter Moody-trained Golden Archer.
Once considered good enough for a trip to Royal Ascot before injury intervened, the son of Rock Of Gibraltar returned to racing in July with a two-length win in the Monjon Australia Handicap at Flemington.
The four-year-old also performed solidly in his next hitout when he finished runner-up to Shanghai Warrior in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap.
Another highly promising four-year-old having his second race of his preparation is Mike Moroney-trained African Pulse.
The Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap entrant kicked off his spring campaign in exciting fashion on August 11 when winning the Colwell and Singh Handicap by 2 1/2 lengths at Flemington.
One horse heading into the race in excellent form is Jason Warren-trained gelding Freereturn who won the Harvey Sprint on August 4 before claiming his first stakes win in the Regal Roller Stakes at Caulfield two weeks later.
Returning from a short break after showing tremendous winter form is Platelet who will be gunning for a fourth straight victory.
The most recent of her victories came at Caulfield on July 14 when she took out the Listed Monash Stakes ahead of Royal Bender and Zamorar.
Other horses included in the field for the exciting sprint at Caulfield are the in form Glows and Clarry Connors-trained Dee ‘N’ Gee.
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Heath 1100 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||114x219x12||GOLDEN ARCHER||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||9||58kg||102|
|2||1×13856211||FREERETURN||Jason Warren||Ben Melham||5||57kg||98|
|3||321×342111||PLATELET||Darren Weir||Nicholas Hall||10||56kg||99|
|4||448x197x5x||BERRINGAMA||Brian Cox||Danny Nikolic||3||56kg||95|
|5||1116x6851x||MR MAKE BELIEVE||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||6||56kg||97|
|6||x1x10945x1||AFRICAN PULSE||Michael Moroney||Craig Williams||7||56kg||93|
|7||8x1121114x||DEE’N’GEE||Clarry Conners||Darren Gauci||2||56kg||87|
|8||x130x1120x||TESTARHYTHM||Darren Smith||Michael Walker||4||56kg||82|
|9||1x12314x13||GLOWS||Peter Snowden||Glen Boss||8||55kg||87|
|10||52×1424204||RUE MAPLE||Darren Weir||Ms Michelle Payne||1||54kg||92|