18 Included in 2013 Doncaster Prelude Field

With ballot exemption into Saturday week’s $1.5 million 2013 Doncaster Mile up for grabs, it comes as little surprise to see a big 18-horse field for Saturday’s Group 3 2013 Doncast Mile Prelude (1600m) at Randwick

Havana Rey is one of the top Doncaster Prelude chances. Photo: Steve Hart.

Heading the weights at 59kg is Peter Moody-trained import Voila Ici. The grey entire was last at his first start this campaign in the Ajax Stakes but showed potential in the spring when second to Ocean Park in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes.

As expected, Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller has a strong presence in the race, having accepted with five runners.

Included in his quintet is Moriarty who returns from a brief break after winning back-to-back Listed races in January including the Gosford Cup.

Also stepping out for Waller is recent British import Beaten Up who was ninth in the Ajax Stakes but was a Group 3 winner in the UK.

Rounding out Waller’s Doncaster Prelude team are Stout Hearted, Class Is Class and Illo who was formerly trained by Bart Cummings.

Heading into the race in terrific form is Bjorn Baker’s four-year-old Havana Rey who produced a dominant performance to win the Ajax Stakes.

Jacquinot Bay was set on a Doncaster path at the beginning of his campaign but after winning first-up has not placed in his two most recent starts.

Facing a step up in class but in terrific form is the Albury-based Niblick who is coming off back-to-back wins in the Listed National Sprint at Canberra and the Listed Albury Gold Cup.

Other horses in the Docnaster Prelude field include the Darley-owned Raspberries, David Vandyke’s import Less Is More and Michael Moroney-trained gelding Shenzhou Steeds.

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Doncaster Prelude 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 43x62400x0 VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1 59kg 106
2 x2141x756x CLASS IS CLASS (IRE) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 12 58.5kg 105
3 2x23442x10 SKYERUSH Guy Walter Blake Shinn 5 58kg 108
4 8×82381151 HAVANA REY Bjorn Baker Brenton Avdulla 16 58kg 104
5 6873621164 ALMA’S FURY Paul Murray Hugh Bowman 9 57kg 102
6 8x61671x00 ALL LEGAL Kevin Moses Glyn Schofield 3 56kg 100
7 0x66206x11 NIBLICK Brett Cavanough James McDonald 17 56kg 100
8 41131440×0 STOUT HEARTED (USA) Chris Waller Nathan Berry 4 55.5kg 99
9 81x4063x54 RASPBERRIES Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 11 55kg 102
10 1x6x5x43x9 BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 14 55kg 98
11 2870x0087x ILLO (GER) Chris Waller Michael Rodd 7 55kg 98
12 111223411x MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller Corey Brown 15 55kg 98
13 869x1811x5 MAHISARA Paul Messara Craig Williams 10 54kg 96
14 1x648630x4 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney Jay Ford 13 54kg 95
15 x857568x00 MAULES CREEK John P Thompson Jim Cassidy 18 54kg 93
16 6333211×98 SCREAM MACHINE Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 6 54kg 87
17 111121×194 JACQUINOT BAY Guy Walter TBA 8 54kg 84
18 9x041x348x LESS IS MORE (FR) David Vandyke Peter Robl 2 54kg 84