A 14-horse field has been named to contest the Group 3 2013 Gunsynd Classic (1600m) at Doomben on Saturday.
The race is a traditional lead-up to the 2013 Queensland Derby (2400m) and as such has attracted a number of quality emerging gallopers.
Heading the field is Lindsay Gough’s in-form gelding It’s On The Pocket who will chase a fifth consecutive win this weekend.
The Mearas gelding has found his mark this time in work, producing an unbeaten campaign so far.
At his last start he fought through heavy ground to beat the previously unbeaten Carmora and claim the Listed Queensland Day Plate.
Carmora trainer Desleigh Forster has already spoken of Queensland Derby intentions and he will get his chance to return to the winner’s circle this weekend.
Also in good form is Less Ross-trained gelding Mishani Stealth who is yet to miss a placing from nine career starts.
The son of Oratorio resumed from a brief freshen up on April 10 to win a mid-week race over 1200m at Eagle Farm in heavy conditions.
But Mishani Stealth has shown versatility early in his career, winning at distances from 1000m to 1800m across all surfaces.
Queensland’s leading trainer Robert Heathcote has two runners with Written Above All and last-start winner Bewhatyouwannabe.
Also doubling his Gunsynd Classic chances is Tony Gollan who will be represented by Trakstar and Riddle Me This.
Darley trainer Peter Snowden is a regular visitor to the Queensland winter carnival and has Proverb contesting this weekend’s three-year-old feature.
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Gunsynd Classic 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||23133×5676||PROVERB||Peter Snowden||Joshua Parr||3||57kg||85|
|2||4x96x1111||IT’S ON THE POCKET||Lindsay Gough||Chris Munce||4||57kg||82|
|3||497×859460||NOOGOORA BURR||David J Lawlor||Jim Byrne||12||57kg||73|
|4||12x23321x1||MISHANI STEALTH||Les Ross||Brad Stewart||9||57kg||79|
|5||1112||CARMORA||Desleigh Forster||Ryan Wiggins||11||57kg||78|
|6||105x2115x7||HI SON||David Kelly||Matthew Palmer||1||57kg||73|
|7||1631×0039||TRAKSTAR||Tony Gollan||Glen Colless||6||57kg||68|
|8||12×58133||RIDDLE ME THIS||Tony Gollan||Ms Priscilla Schmidt (a)||10||57kg||71|
|9||3131×66||HUXTABLE||Michael Nolan||Timothy Bell||8||57kg||68|
|10||4×83831||BEWHATYOUWANNABE||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||7||57kg||65|
|11||351415×012||FRAGEZEICHEN||Michael Jacobs||Eddie Wilkinson||14||57kg||69|
|12||Lx91Lx1304||SIR KNOX||Robert R Wilson||Micheal Hellyer||2||57kg||68|
|13||47813x||LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY||Steve Englebrecht||Grant Cooksley||5||57kg||64|
|14||3×8100||WRITTEN ABOVE ALL||Robert Heathcote||Paul Hammersley||13||57kg||64|