Favourite for this Saturday’s WA Guineas 2012, last season’s champion two-year-old Luke’s Luck received little good fortune in the barrier draw for the three-year-olds’ classic, the Trevor Andrews-trained youngster coming up with barrier 14 of 18.
One of three feature races at Ascot’s Railway Stakes Day on the weekend this year’s $350,000 Group 2 Sky Racing WA Guineas (1600m) drew a capacity field of 16 starters plus two emergencies.
Topping the early WA Guineas odds, Show A Heart colt Luke’s Luck should still jump favourite in the mile showdown but will have their work cut out for them with their wide barrier 14 draw – into 13 with emergencies out.
Due to be ridden by regular rider Shaun McGruddy Luke’s Luck has is already a triple Group winner thanks to victories in the Karrakatta Plate, WA Sires’ Produce Stakes and most recently the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) second-up on November 10.
Trainer Andrews and owner Craig Thompson are hopeful that Luke’s Luck can overcome the horror draw on Saturday and hand them back-to-back WA Guineas wins following the success of King Saul, who jumped from 10 of 13, 12 months ago.
While Thompson, who will also be represented in the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) by King Saul ($17) and the $500,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Sydney mare Hallowell Belle ($5) on Saturday, would have preferred a different gate for Luke’s Luck he still believes the three-year-old is better in double-digits than on the rails.
“I would have loved five, six, seven or eight but he’ll just need a bit of luck in running,” Thompson said.
“He’s thriving and looking a million bucks.”
Luke’s Luck may have suffered a blow with a double-digit WA Guineas barrier draw but the other fancies should all get a lovely run after coming up with inside gates including the Peter Snowden-trained Academus (7) who was Group 1 placed when third in the TJ Smith in Brisbane back in June, Darren McAuliffe’s last-start Fairetha Stakes winner Rebelson (4) and the rails-drawn Antique Belle (1) who won the Burgess Queen Stakes two back before her third in the WA Champion Stakes over this track and distance last Saturday.
Other horses meanwhile that have drawn wide along with the favourite then include the Neville Parnham-trained Snitzel colt Dominating (13) who ran second to Rebelson in the Fairetha, WA Champion Stakes winner Fuddle Dee Duddle (12) and Simon Miller’s consistent Stratum filly Darlington Abbey who came up with the extreme outside gate.
See below for the full 2012 WA Guineas field, barriers and jockeys.
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2012 WA Guineas Field, Barriers & Jockeys
Ascot Race 7 – 6:20pm (AEST) – 24/11/2012
|1||LUKE’s LUCK||14||56.5kg||Shaun McGruddy||Trevor Andrews|
|2||ACADEMUS||7||56.5kg||Kerrin McEvoy||Peter Snowden|
|3||EL RIJES||6||56.5kg||Peter Hall||Darren McAuliffe|
|4||REBELSON||4||56.5kg||Jason Whiting||Darren McAuliffe|
|5||WOMBIE’S LEGACY||9||56.5kg||Willie White||Joe Miller|
|6||SATURDAY SKIES||11||56.5kg||Jarrod Noske||Ted Martinovich|
|7||DOMINATING||13||56.5kg||Brad Parnham||Neville Parnham|
|8||VIRTUAL TRADER||8||56.5kg||–||Brett Pope|
|9||ANTOCCINO||3||56.5kg||Troy Truner||Colin Webster|
|10||FUDDLE DEE DUDDLE||12||54.5kg||Paul Harvey||Lindsey Smith|
|11||DARLINGTON ABBEY||18||54.5kg||Shaun O’Donnell||Smion A. Miller|
|12||KEEPER QUIET||2||54.5kg||Glen Boss||Daniel Pearce|
|13||ANTIQUE BELLE||1||54.5kg||William Pike||Grant Williams|
|14||PASSION CANTATA||16||54.5kg||Craig Staples||Paul Jordan|
|15||BIPPO NO BUNGUS||17||54.5kg||–||Neville Parnham|
|16||HUSSY BY CHOICE||10||54.5kg||Patrick Carbery||Simon A. Miller|
|17e||APOCALYPSE NOW||5||54.5kg||Nash Rawiller||Trevor Andrews|
|18e||HELDER THE PAINTER||15||54.5kg||–||Aaron Morton|