Top Queensland colt Sizzling has drawn the inside barrier for Saturday’s Group 3 2013 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Doomben.
The Kelso Wood-trained sprinter had no luck when fifth in his first-up run in the Gold Coast Guineas and is expected to start among the favourites this weekend.
The son of Snitzel was one of the stars of last year’s winter carnival, winning the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes and the Group 1 TJ Smith.
But it will be no easy task to return to the winner’s circle this weekend, with some quality three-year-olds lining up in the $125,000 sprint.
One of the top chances in the field is Academus who resumed with a strong win in the Gold Coast Guineas.
The Darley-owned galloper was a bridesmaid to Sizzling as a two-year-old last winter but looks an improved horse as a three-year-old.
A son of Lonhro, Academus is expected to improve as he steps up in distance this weekend, having won over 1600m in the Group 2 WA Guineas in his last campaign.
Academus has drawn barrier nine, three spots inside fellow top chance Al Aneed.
The Mick Price-trained colt was second in the Gold Coast Guineas and impressed his trainer with a strong piece of work at Doomben on Tuesday.
“That was his first run this time in and he’s trained on, he’s thrived,” Price said.
Drawing poorly was Dances On Stars (20) who showed he has benefited from a gelding operation when a strong third in the Gold Coast Guineas.
Other horses in the Fred Best field include Magic Millions winner Saluter, last-start winner Jimando and Darley’s Complicate.
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|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||11x46122x5||SIZZLING||Kelso Wood||Chris Munce||1||57kg||102|
|2||31x21341x0||SALUTER||Jason McLachlan||Damian Browne||6||57kg||91|
|3||411x2357x0||LUKE’S LUCK||Kelly Schweida||Glen Colless||8||57kg||88|
|5||x113370x01||JIMANDO||Tony McEvoy||Nicholas Hall||14||57kg||89|
|6||39x79615x3||DANCES ON STARS (NZ)||Gerald Ryan||Michael Walker||20||57kg||86|
|7||43614×0157||EXIMIUS||Mick Price||Brad Rawiller||13||57kg||84|
|9||1513111314||PLATINUM KINGDOM||Lisa Latta||Jonathan Riddell||7||57kg||92|
|10||1311x268x6||PLATINUM STATE||Bryan Guy||Jim Byrne||19||57kg||83|
|12||52x11410x5||LUCKY HUSSLER||Kent Fleming||Matthew Palmer||2||57kg||86|
|13||x1416526x2||AL ANEED||Mick Price||Larry Cassidy||12||57kg||85|
|14||7×85946000||NOOGOORA BURR||David J Lawlor||TBA||21||57kg||72.5|
|15||12112531×4||GENERAL EXHIBIT||Helen Page||Ms Tegan Harrison (a)||15||57kg||81|
|16||25113×2893||MEDUSA’S MISS||Kevin Moses||Luke Nolen||16||55kg||78|
|17e||113x||LILLIBURLERO||David Payne||Timothy Bell||11||55kg||73|
|18e||12x522x6||OASIS ROSE||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson||Jim Cassidy||10||55kg||75|
|19e||9x1452523x||GENERAL GROOVE||Leon Corstens||Stephen Baster||3||57kg||68|
|20e||1x113x1||PERON||John P Thompson||Michael Cahill||4||55kg||80|