2012 Villiers Stakes Field & Barrier Draw Announced

A capacity field of 18 starters plus a single emergency has been accepted for Saturday’s Villiers Stakes 2012 final field, the Sydney Summer Racing Carnival feature Monton’s chance to make history.

Monton

Monton heads a capacity field for Saturday's Villiers Stakes 2012 in Sydney

Ron Quinton’s Catbird six-year-old heads the field for the $175,000 Group 2 Inglis Villiers Stakes (1600m) as the 59kg top-weight in the number one saddlecloth.

Last year Monton won the Villiers Stakes on the back of a win in the Festival Stakes and will be out on Saturday to enter the history books as the first horse to be successful in multiple Villiers Stakes.

After running a brave second in the Festival Stakes last time out this season the galloper has the right form and should get a gun run from barrier four with apprentice hoop Sam Clipperton retaining the ride.

Following Monton in the Villiers Stakes field and weights are then Chris Waller’s out of form veteran Triple Elegance (57kg) with barrier 18 to overcome, Gai Waterhouse’s last start Goulburn Cup champ Kinnersley (56.5kg) also wide in gate 13 and the local Matthew Smith-trained mare Cabernet (55kg) who ran a close fifth in the Festival Stakes last time out on the back of a Summoned Stakes win at Sandown.

Along with Kinnersley there are two other last start winners in the mix this year with John Sargent’s Kiwi visitor Holy Moly in barrier three with Jim Cassidy to ride and the Peter Moody-trained Shout Out Loud on the rails in gate one with Joshua Parr booked.

Moody is the sole Victorian trainer represented in the Villiers Stakes field this year and he has accepted for two from his stables with last start Victoria Cup victor Shout Out Loud to be joined by Group 2 winner Highly Recommended.

Sydney horseman Peter Snowden meanwhile will also saddle up multiple hopefuls in the race with Festival Stakes third placed Galah, Quidnunc in the extreme outside gate and Commands mare Classics.

Other notable hopefuls include the Bede Murray-trained Hawkesbury Gold Cup winner Darci Be Good who suffered a blow drawing barrier 17, Magic Albert gelding Isopach and the Anthony Cummings-trained Shadows In The Sun out to improve on their 14th in the Festival Stakes.

See below for the official 2012 Inglis Villiers Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights – the race to run as Warwick Farm Race 6 at 4:20pm (AEST) on Saturday.

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2012 Villiers Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Warwick Farm Race 6 – 4:20pm (AEST) – 22/12/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 200x6896x2 MONTON Ron Quinton Sam Clipperton (a) 4 59kg 104
2 500630×289 TRIPLE ELEGANCE Chris Waller James McDonald 18 57kg 100
3 8165125×81 KINNERSLEY Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 13 56.5kg 99
4 15426×5215 CABERNET Matthew Smith Hugh Bowman 10 55kg 100
5 050×576410 DARCI BE GOOD (NZ) Bede Murray Nathan Berry 17 54.5kg 95
6 81xP527x61 SHOUT OUT LOUD Peter G Moody Joshua Parr 1 54.5kg 95
7 2172211×70 THUMBTACKS (NZ) Chris Waller Jason Collett 2 54kg 94
8 67058×6167 ALL LEGAL Kevin Moses Glyn Schofield 9 53.5kg 93
9 x9903x4623 GALAH Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 53.5kg 93
10 4x33510x99 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 11 53.5kg 93
11 20543×1554 QUIDNUNC Peter Snowden Ms Kathy O’Hara 19 53kg 95
12 2x118x0110 CLASSICS Peter Snowden Christian Reith 6 53kg 93
13 4480×25240 ISOPACH John P Thompson Corey Brown 12 53kg 91
14 180x090x20 SHADOWS IN THE SUN Anthony Cummings Peter Robl 7 53kg 91
15 8336×68736 ALMA’S FURY Paul Murray Blake Shinn 16 53kg 88
16 61321175×0 RACING HEART Joseph Pride 14 53kg 88
17 3169×71329 MERLIN MUSTANG Michael Tubman Brenton Avdulla 5 53kg 85
18 306414×151 HOLY MOLY (NZ) John Sargent Jim Cassidy 3 53kg 82
19e 14531×8475 AL’S GOLD Mick Hood Blake Spriggs (a) 15 53kg 78