It’s A Dundeel Scares Off Rivals in 2012 Moonee Valley Vase Field

October 24, 2012

It’s A Dundeel Scares Off Rivals in 2012 Moonee Valley Vase Field

Victoria Derby favourite It’s A Dundeel will face a field of just six rivals on Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley this Saturday with the unbeaten New Zealander having scared off the bulk of the competition for the Moonee Valley Vase 2012.

It's A Dundeel

It's A Dundeel is the headliner in the 2012 MV Vase field for Saturday

Due to run as Moonee Valley Race 5 at 3:20pm (AEST) and registered this year as the Mitchelton Wines Vase, the $220,000 Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) is a traditional lead-up to the $1.5 million AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday November 3 during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

This year there’s an odds-on favourite for the Vase – Derby double with the flying Murray Baker-trained It’s A Dundeel.

The High Chaparral colt has won all five of their career starts to date, the last four of which were in Sydney, and is already a Group 1 winner having defeated Saturday’s Cox Plate hopefuls Proisir in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick at the start of the month.

Drawn in barrier five on Saturday with regular rider James McDonald to maintain their association, It’s A Dundeel is sure to jump as the shortie in the markets despite it being their first ever run in Victoria.

If successful their already odds-on price of around $1.95 in the futures Victoria Derby odds are also set to firm further, the horse facing a short seven-day turnaround going from the Vase to the Derby.

“You’ve only got so many bullets,” Baker said.

“But in the end I feel he needs the experience left-handed and he’ll get that on Saturday.

“He should handle another run, especially since he’s done so well since coming here.

“Colts can do that with a change of environment.

“He is feeling very fresh and good about himself, he was prancing around this morning and I’m glad he is running because you don’t want him to be like that on Derby Day.

“This run should just take the edge off him and even though he is a small horse, he doesn’t feel like one underneath me and I can’t see the back-up troubling him.

“I ran (2010 Victoria Derby winner) Lion Tamer here before the Derby and it really tuned him right up.

“We were just weighing up whether he needed the run, otherwise it was going to be four weeks between races, and he hadn’t raced left-handed before so we just thought to be on the safe side.

“He has trialled left-handed in New Zealand and he’s done a lot of work, but that’s not like a race. He hasn’t backed up in his career but we’ve had no trouble with him coming through races.”

The other notable 2012 Victoria Derby-bound three-year-olds in the Moonee Valley Vase field this year include Nisos in barrier three with Craig Williams to ride, and the Mark Kavanagh-trained Super Cool in gate four.

Excellent Art gelding Nisos is still a maiden after six starts but finished their closest yet last time out when a quarter length away third in the Listed Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville and are tipped to improve as they go up in distance.

Super Cool meanwhile also comes off a nice minor placing when second over the Caulfield mile on Thousand Guineas Day, the Fastnet Rock gelding also racing over the 2000m for the first time this weekend.

Kavanagh has also accepted for his Iffraaj colt If I Could who ran fifth in the Hill Smith Stakes last time out.

Rounding out the diminutive MV Vase line-up are then the in-form Viking Star in the far outside barrier who ran second in the Hill Smith, Mornington outsider Bullion Express and the David Hayes-trained Prisoner Of War who ran fourth in the Hill Smith.

Check out the full 2012 Mitchelton Wines Vase field, barriers and jockeys in the table below.

To back a winner this Cox Plate Day and access the upcoming Group 1 odds for events like the Victoria Derby and Melbourne Cup, make sure you have an account with – home of the famous ‘Pick Your Own Odds’ markets!

2012 Mitchelton Wines Vase Final Field & Barrier Draw

Moonee Valley Race 5 – 3:20pm (AEST) – 27/10/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1×1111 IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ) Murray Baker James McDonald 5 57kg 106
2 16×4112 VIKING STAR Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ms Clare Lindop 7 57kg 74
3 28×7175 IF I COULD (NZ) Mark Kavanagh Damien Oliver 6 57kg 64
4 6×142 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 4 57kg 67
5 48×241339 BULLION EXPRESS Dean Binaisse Vlad Duric 2 57kg 60
6 6×851634 PRISONER OF WAR David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 1 57kg 62
7 734×253 NISOS Paul Rocke Craig Williams 3 57kg 62

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final fie...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final field: English draws barrier 1

Rejuvenated Group 1 performer English has drawn barrier one in the final field...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stake...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes nominations: Waller’s trio top 3 in betting

The Chris Waller trained two year ods  The Autumn Sun, Zousain and Lean Mean...

Waller to have multiple runner...

Waller to have multiple runners in 2018 Queensland Oaks

Recently inducted Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller is likely to have multiple...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field