Fiveandahalfstar Tops Small 2013 Autumn Classic Field

Just eight horses will line up in the Group 2 $220,000 2013 Autumn Classic (1800m) which will take place at Caulfield on Saturday.

Victoria Derby winner Fiveandahalfstar tops the field for the Autumn Classic. Photo: Steve Hart.

Restricted to three-year-olds, the small group is headed by Victoria Derby winner Fiveandahalfstar who is coming off a first-up second in the Autumn Stakes earlier this month.

The Anthony Cummings-trained gelding is likely to be more suited to the extra distance on offer and will be ridden by champion jockey Glen Boss from barrier two.

Third in the Autumn Classic was Victoria Derby runner-up Super Cool and he is also likely to appreciate the longer trip this weekend.

Trainer Mark Kavanagh played down his chances prior to the first-up run and he is expected to take plenty of improvement out of the hit-out.

Facing a step up in class but coming off a last-start win is Cranbourne colt Subiaso who took out a three-year-old BM72 event at Sandown on February 6.

He is one of three last-start winners in the field with Pat Carey’s colt Luck’s A Fortune seen winning on Australia Day at Sale and David Hayes’ Sea Of Choice victorious at Moonee Valley on February 15.

It’s rare for a horse to make their debut over 1800m in a Group 2 race but that is exactly what will happen on Saturday with Kane Harris-trained gelding Must Confess.

The son of Testa Rossa has had three trials to prepare for the tough debut test where he will run from barrier three.

The two other runners making up the Autumn Classic field are South Australian gelding Bit Of A Schiller and Michael Kent-trained colt High Shot.

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Autumn Classic 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x4655111x2 FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Anthony Cummings Glen Boss 2 57kg 108
2 6x14212x3 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 8 57kg 100
3 x12949x741 SUBIASO Robbie Laing Steven Arnold 5 57kg 70
4 321 SEA OF CHOICE David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 1 57kg 64
5 1×6 HIGH SHOT (NZ) Michael Kent Craig Williams 7 57kg 64
6 231 LUCK’S A FORTUNE Pat Carey Roger Booth 6 57kg 62
7 474652 BIT OF A SCHILLER John Hickmott Brett Prebble 4 57kg 58
8 MUST CONFESS Kane Harris TBA 3 57kg