Standish Handicap 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

The final field has been announced for the Group 3 2013 Standish Handicap (1200m) which will take place at Flemington on Tuesday.

Sixteen horses will contest the $150,000 sprint including former Hong Kong star Good Ba Ba who has been allocated the topweight of 60.5kg.

The 11-year-old will be having his first start on Australian soil and his first race since April but nobody can deny his record.

In a stellar career in Hong Kong the son of Lear Fan won seven Group 1 races including three times in the prestigious Hong Kong Mile which attracts gallopers from all over the world.

Whether or not he can regain any of that spark is still to be seen but he faces a tough first-up ask after drawing barrier 15.

Bringing strong form into the race is Mark Kavanagh-trained sprinter Catapulted who was outstanding first-up when winning the Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield.

The seven-year-old will be racing over his pet distance of 1200 metres and looks well placed in barrier six to add to his excellent record of 12 wins from 32 starts.

Also coming off a last-start win is Outlandish Lad who edged out Diplomatic Force to claim the Nightingales Handicap (1100m) at Caulfield on December 1.

The Dennis O’Leary-trained gelding proved he was more than up to this level in the autumn when winning at Listed level at Moonee Valley and also in the Group 3 DC McKay Stakes at Morphetville.

Stephen Brown‘s lightly-raced gelding Big Bear Rock will be out to add a second straight Flemington win to his record after a 1 1/2-length win in the Nowicki Carbone Handicap two weeks ago.

Others in the Standish Handicap field include promising mare Bonnie Mac, the Danny O’Brien’s last-start winner Adamantium and consistent gelding Hotham Heights.

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Standish Handicap 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 88x880670x GOOD BA BA (USA) Rick Hore-Lacy Noel Callow 15 60.5kg 111
2 2510x309x1 CATAPULTED Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 6 59kg 108
3 3311316×61 OUTLANDISH LAD Dennis O’Leary Glen Boss 7 57kg 104
4 9067x00x10 ELUSIVE TOUCH Shane A Edwards Damien Thornton (a) 5 54kg 98
5 511x11190x BONNIE MAC (NZ) Michael Moroney Nicholas Hall 13 54kg 94
6 12x77x90x5 TOP DROP Dean Lawson Dale Smith 4 54kg 94
7 0x3375x871 ADAMANTIUM (NZ) Danny O’Brien Craig Newitt 3 54kg 92
8 950114×000 ADAMON Nathan McPherson Ms Ruth Bradley 10 54kg 89
9 x331321x33 HOTHAM HEIGHTS Luke Oliver Luke Nolen 14 54kg 89
10 x328160x08 VERDASCO Sean Mott Dean Yendall 9 54kg 88
11 9x3x0441x5 DEVILS FORCE Mark Riley Jake Noonan (a) 16 54kg 86
12 x91L412542 BIG BUDDIE Andrew Sawden Dom Tourneur 1 54kg 82
13 x28521242x LANGRIDGE STREET Michael Hibbs Darren Gauci 2 54kg 82
14 15x70x2070 FLYINGCONI Shea Eden Chad Schofield (a) 12 54kg 80
15 0788x0x1x3 GOLDSTONE Bart Cummings Peter Mertens 8 54kg 76
16 2x122x71x1 BIG BEAR ROCK Stephen Brown Luke Currie 11 54kg 75