2013 Rough Habit Plate Field Headed by Kiwis

New Zealand pair Survived and Usainity head the field for Saturday’s Group 3 2013 Rough Habit Plate (2100m) at Eagle Farm.

Usainity (inside) is one of the top Rough Habit Plate chances. Photo: Steve Hart.

Queensland Derby favourite Survived will arrive in Queensland on Thursday ahead of his Australian debut and he brings plenty of form with him.

The John Bary-trained gelding will chase a fifth straight win this weekend after some stunning performances on home soil.

Survived defeated Usainity in the Group 3 Manawatu Classic two starts back and built on that to deliver a 4 1/2 length drubbing in the Group 3 Hawke’s Bay Cup on April 20.

Usainity comes from the stable of experienced New Zealand trainer Murray Baker who been in the racing headlines recently courtesy of superstar colt It’s A Dundeel.

While not in the class of his stablemate, Usainity possesses plenty of talent which he demonstrated on Australian debut to win the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate at Randwick last month.

Both will have to be at the top of their games this weekend, with Survived drawn in barrier 11 and Usainity even wider in barrier 14.

The traditional Queensland Derby lead-up boasts a full 14-horse field plus three emergencies and other key chances include Sydney gallopers Honorious and Hawkspur.

The David Payne-trained Honorius struggled throughout the early autumn but returned to form in the Frank Packer Plate to run second to Usainity.

Hawkspur was sixth in the Frank Packer Plate but the start before was second in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes.

Other horses lining up in the Rough Habit Plate include locals Trakstar and Mishani Stealth and Patinack pair New Spur and Heater.

Last year’s Queensland Derby winner Brambles won the Rough Habit on his way to success in Queensland’s biggest three-year-old race.

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Rough Habit Plate 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2328×80042 HONORIUS David Payne Michael Rodd 17 57kg 85
2 242111×526 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 2 57kg 83
3 2131121 USAINITY (NZ) Murray Baker Hugh Bowman 14 57kg 92
4 97×8594600 NOOGOORA BURR David J Lawlor Andrew Spinks 4 57kg 73
5 2x23321x15 MISHANI STEALTH Les Ross Brad Stewart 8 57kg 79
6 x4612x7768 ROWIE Paul Messara Jim Byrne 1 57kg 73
7 2101111 SURVIVED (NZ) John Bary Jonathan Riddell 11 57kg 93
8 1631×00399 TRAKSTAR Tony Gollan Glen Colless 15 57kg 68
9 47813×2 LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY Steve Englebrecht Larry Cassidy 16 57kg 72
10 232216×403 HEATER John P Thompson Chris Munce 3 57kg 65
11 2221370×3 EXCELLENT AL Len Treloar Eddie Wilkinson 6 57kg 67
12 x3274x5221 NEW SPUR John P Thompson Timothy Bell 9 57kg 64
13 44×21 TONOPAH (USA) Craig Ritchie Peter Robl 7 57kg 64
14 x622146532 STUBOY Bryan Guy TBA 13 57kg 62
15e 1420 SMILES FOR LAYLA (NZ) John P Thompson Ryan Wiggins 5 55kg 65
16e 7423×751 PRIZE Marcus Wilson Ms Tegan Harrison (a) 12 57kg 61
17e 8×43 CHAPKIN Colin & Cindy Alderson TBA 10 57kg