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.
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|