Sizzling Draws Inside in 2013 Fred Best Classic Field

Top Queensland colt Sizzling has drawn the inside barrier for Saturday’s Group 3 2013 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Doomben.

Sizzling has drawn the inside barrier for Saturday's Fred Best Classic. Photo: Daniel Costello.

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
4 2223x141x1 ACADEMUS Peter Snowden TBA 9 57kg 99
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
8 x2212x1125 COMPLICATE Peter Snowden TBA 17 57kg 86
9 1513111314 PLATINUM KINGDOM Lisa Latta Jonathan Riddell 7 57kg 92
10 1311x268x6 PLATINUM STATE Bryan Guy Jim Byrne 19 57kg 83
11 910x70x412 BOBAN Chris Waller 5 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
21e 11x40x112 CHEAPSKATER Craig Howell TBA 18 57kg 72