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A number of things are seemingly working against Darci Be Good in Saturday’s Villiers Stakes 2012 according to trainer Bede Murray who would much prefer the race to be run at Randwick and for her horse not to have drawn off in the paddock.
Four-year-old Darci Brahma gelding Darci Be Good, winner of the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup over the mile two starts back, is one of a capacity field of 18 starters plus an emergency runner in Al’s Gold accepted for this year’s edition of the $175,000 Group 2 Inglis Villiers Stakes (1600m).
For the second year in a row Villiers Stakes Day will run at Warwick Farm Racecourse with the continued track upgrade at Sydney’s premier course Royal Randwick.
Murray is one trainer that really would rather be racing at Randwick and not Warwick Farm, the latter a much harder course for Darci Be Good to navigate especially after they came up with the horror barrier 17 draw.
“It’s a blow to any horse’s chances, especially at Warwick Farm with a big field,” Murray said.
“I’ve always thought you’ve got to draw a good barrier at Warwick Farm, otherwise you’ve got to work very hard or have a bit on them.
“We will just have to see how the race pans out.”
Darci Be Good also drew wide last start when Hugh Bowman rode them to finish two and a half lengths away 10th to Malavio, currently sidelined due to injury, in the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m).
With Bowman booked to ride Matthew Smith’s in-form mare Cabernet in the Villiers, Nathan Berry will take over riding duties on Darci Be Good for the first time.
Other notable hopefuls in the 2012 Villiers Stakes field include the defending champ Monton drawn nicely in gate four as opposed to barrier 15 which they overcame to win from 12 months ago and the classy Peter Snowden-trained Redoute’s Choice four-year-old Galah who ran two-three in the Festival Stakes last start, as well as promising New Zealand mare Holy Moly from the Riccarton stables of John Sargent.
The form certainly stacks up for Holy Moly as a last-start winner over 1500m at Rosehill as nine of the past Villiers Stakes winners won their previous start including the past four in a row.
The other two last start winners looking to continue the trend on Saturday are Gai Waterhouse’s Goulburn Cup champ Kinnersley in barrier 13 and the Peter Moody-trained Shout Out Loud who won over 1440m at Caulfield at the start of the month.
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