Victoria Handicap 2013 Field Features Budriguez

After being dually nominated across two states this Easter Saturday, David Jolly’s exciting Adelaide stayer Budriguez has been confirmed for the 2013 Victoria Handicap field at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse.

Budriguez

Last start Blamey Stakes co-winner Budriguez backs up in the Victoria Handicap 2013 this Saturday. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

One of two Group race features on the program at the meet, the $150,000 Group 3 Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation Victoria Handicap (1400m) has this year drawn a smart final field of 12 gallopers with Budriguez to wear the No. 1 saddlecloth.

Allocated the hefty 59kg topweight with heavyweight hoop Darren Gauci to ride the Al Maher six-year-old has won three of their past four starts and is looking to continue that good form from gate two.

After a win back home in January they enjoyed success in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup over the Caulfield mile on February 9.

A third to subsequent Ranvet Stakes winner Foreteller in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) followed on Blue Diamond Day before their dead heat win with Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) carrying 58kg at Flemington on March 9.

“Puissance De Lune copped the accolades last start and I can understand why,” Jolly said.

“If we can just keep punching away and doing our job I’ll be happy.

“The horse is racing in great heart.”

They now shoot for another Group victory in the Victoria Handicap, a race preferred by Jolly over the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) in Sydney for which the horse was also nominated.

“I think it’s a touch easier race,” Jolly said of the Victoria Handicap.

“He’s going very well at the moment and because he’s going that well it’s kind of hard to stop.

“He likes Caulfield and 1400 metres to a mile is his right trip.”

Following Budriguez in the Victoria Handicap field and weights are then the resuming Bart Cummings-trained Zabeel seven-year-old Precedence (57.5kg) running for the first time since their Zipping Classic third, Team Hawkes’ veteran eight-year-old C’est La Guerre (57kg) last seen finishing fourth in the Sydney Cup nearly 12 months ago, and the Peter Snowden-trained Launay (57kg).

Drawn in the far outside barrier with Steven Arnold to ride Lonhro six-year-old Launay is third-up here following two good runs the most recent of which was a black type win over fellow Victoria Handicap acceptor British General in the Listed TAB Stakes (1400m) at Flemington back on March 2 when carrying 59.5kg.

Snowden will also start fellow Lonhro six-year-old Parthian who is likely to be one of the roughies here.

Another last start winner in the mix meanwhile is the Tony Vasil-trained local Under The Eiffel in gate six after their third on the trot following victories in the Listed George Adams Plate (1600m) in Tasmania in February and then at this track and distance last Saturday.

See below for the full 2013 Victoria Handicap field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2013 Victoria Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 6 – 3:50pm (AEST) – 30/03/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 60×6851131 BUDRIGUEZ David Jolly Darren Gauci 2 59kg 107
2 7x4106493x PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings Brad Rawiller 11 57.5kg 104
3 160x00534x C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 4 57kg 103
4 4x24581x21 LAUNAY Peter Snowden Steven Arnold 12 57kg 103
5 217x4170x9 PARTHIAN Peter Snowden Vlad Duric 7 56kg 101
6 x475632511 UNDER THE EIFFEL Tony Vasil 6 55.5kg 100
7 2110361×07 FREERETURN Jason Warren Andrew Mallyon 9 55kg 99
8 x2x111117x SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington Ryan Maloney 3 54kg 96
9 1391115232 BRITISH GENERAL Dan O’Sullivan Ms Michelle Payne 10 54kg 95
10 27x6100x85 SHOUT OUT LOUD Peter G Moody Daniel Stackhouse 1 54kg 95
11 x209x079x0 BLACKIE (NZ) Jarrod McLean Chris Symons 8 54kg 92
12 x2750x049x PROLIFERATE Mick Price Michael Walker 5 54kg 88