Chatham Stakes 2012 – Field and Barriers Released

A mixture of experience and emerging talents will contest the Group 3 2012 Chatham Stakes (1400m) at Flemington this Saturday as part of a bumper Victoria Derby Day card.

Among the experienced contenders in the race otherwise known as the 2012 Stakes are seven-year-olds Mid Summer Music and Bold Glance who have proven themselves up to Group 1 company in the past.

Trained by Peter Moody, Mid Summer Music won the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm during the winter but has struggled with back-field finishes in two starts this spring.

Bold Glance, who placed in the Doncaster Mile in 2011, was originally being targeted at the Epsom Handicap but trainer Norm Hilton abandoned those plans after failing to show his best in the lead-up.

But he has still been in reasonable form in Queensland, having finished in the top three in his two most recent starts.

At the opposite end of the scale is four-year-old Free Wheeling who bounced out of the blocks in terrific fashion on Thousand Guineas Day to claim the Listed Hair And Beauty Stakes by two lengths.

The Peter Snowden-trained entire is one of a number of Darley-owned horses who will head to Dubai to join the Godolphin racing team after the spring.

Bringing terrific form into Saturday’s race is the Lloyd Williams-owned Fawkner who has won his last three starts including twice at Listed level this spring.

He is one of three last-start winners in the field with the other being Instinction who won the Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes at Caulfield on October 13.

Others in the Chatham Stakes field include veteran gelding Wall Street, the consistent Dusty Star and the Mark de Montfort-trained McClintock.

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Chatham Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x636060x7x WALL STREET (NZ) Michael Moroney James McDonald 3 59kg 108
2 x722919x87 MID SUMMER MUSIC Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 5 58kg 110
3 9×93162813 BOLD GLANCE Norm Hilton Chris Munce 4 57kg 104
4 13x6241x11 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott Nicholas Hall 8 55.5kg 101
5 Lx704142x1 FREE WHEELING Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 7 54.5kg 99
6 x139x39861 INSTINCTION Mick Price Glen Boss 6 54kg 97
7 x227236232 DUSTY STAR Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison Darren Gauci 10 54kg 95
8 x709479x23 MCCLINTOCK Mark de Montfort Ms Lauri Wray 9 54kg 89
9 644×424634 MORANT Damien Williams Craig Williams 1 54kg 89
10 221023×848 RENEWED VITALITY John P Thompson Christian Reith 2 54kg 86