The Bart Cummings 2012 Final Field & Barriers

The latest Melbourne Cup lead-up race will run at Flemington this Saturday with a smart field of stayers engaged for the 2012 The Bart Cummings.


2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient races in the 2012 The Bart Cummings at Flemington this Saturday

Due to jump at 2:20pm as Flemington Race 4 the $120,000 Listed The Bart Cummings (2520m) winner will pass the first ballot clause for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) run back at the track on the first Tuesday of November.

This year The Bart Cummings field features 15 horses with evergreen 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient to wear the number one saddlecloth.

Drawn in gate three with Eddie Cassar to ride the nine-year-old Zabeel gelding resumed on September 8 with a first-up 10th to Southern Speed in the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) but should relish getting up to 2520m on Saturday.

Efficient’s trainer Robert Hickmott and owner Lloyd Williams will also be represented in The Bart Cummings 2012 by Galileo four-year-old Seville (barrier six) coming off a credible fifth in the Naturalism Stakes and six-year-old Tanby (barrier seven) who was last seen running fourth in the JRA Stakes over this distance at Moonee Valley on September 15.

All but one of this year’s The Bart Cummings acceptors are still entered for the 2012 Melbourne Cup, the best fancied of which are Efficient ($41) and Maluckyday ($26).

The Hawkes-trained Zabeel gelding Maluckyday ran a brave second to Americain in the Melbourne Cup two years ago but has been out of form of late most recently running 11th to Ocean Park in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield two weeks ago.

Other notable 2012 The Bart Cummings hopefuls include the Michael Moroney-trained Ipswich Cup – Caloundra Cup winner Shenzhou Steeds, Naturalism Stakes third placegetter Exceptionally, and Lloyd Kennewell’s Adelaide Cup winner Rialya.

Meanwhile Pat Carey’s Ansett Classic winner at Mornington last Saturday Dame Claire is the only last-start winner in The Bart Cummings this year.

The Danehill Dancer mare posted her sixth career win in the feature carrying 58kg and is sure to appreciate the drop back to 54kg under the quality handicap conditions of Saturday’s showdown.

Dame Claire is also a winner of Flemington’s other two mile race having taken out the Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m) back in May, great form for her weekend assignment according to Carey.

“She’s now won two listed staying races with 57.5kg and 58kg and gets into this one with 54kg on Saturday. It’s hard to pass up,” he said.

“She’s in form and she goes better at Flemington than anywhere.

“You might as well strike while the iron is hot. If she’s handy and travelling at the half mile (800m) they’ll have a bit work to do to catch her.”

The full field, barriers, jockeys and weights for The Bart Cummings 2012 are listed in the table below.

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2012 The Bart Cummings Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 4 – 2:20pm – 06/10/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 860x9052x0 EFFICIENT (NZ) Robert Hickmott Eddie Cassar 3 60kg 111
2 2x447x8x80 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 14 59kg 108
3 2234x94x05 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott Nicholas Hall 6 58kg 106
4 69x6908x90 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 10 57kg 104
5 5x91611x64 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney Eddie Wilkinson 13 55.5kg 101
6 221x0x0484 TANBY Robert Hickmott Damien Oliver 7 55.5kg 101
7 855121×079 RIALYA Lloyd Kennewell Vlad Duric 4 54.5kg 99
8 0x00021x23 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Dean Yendall 5 54kg 98
9 x25130x500 NORSQUI Walter McShane Darren Gauci 8 54kg 98
10 6430115081 DAME CLAIRE (NZ) Pat Carey Peter Mertens 9 54kg 95
11 311410×700 SINGLE MINDED (NZ) Graham Richardson Jake Noonan (a) 11 54kg 95
12 18x0526x02 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake & David Feek Ben Melham 2 54kg 91
13 x5618272x0 MAYTHEHORSEBEMAGIC (NZ) Michael Moroney Chris Munce 1 54kg 89
14 L0x2133632 SKY RAIDER Tony McEvoy Glen Boss 12 54kg 89
15 12184×0059 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes Michael Walker 15 54kg 86