A smart field of end-of-season three-year-olds is engaged to face off in the Sandown Guineas 2013 this Saturday at Caulfield Racecourse with the Sandown track currently undergoing renovations.
One of two Group 2 features of Zipping Classic Day, this year’s $350,000 Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) has attracted a final field of 11 hopefuls.
To wear the number one saddlecloth is one of two chances for Sydney horseman Peter Snowden, Paximadia.
Drawn in gate five with Kerrin McEvoy to ride the Commands colt has won two of their past three starts and looks the one to beat in the Sandown Guineas field 2013.
A Group 1 performer as a juvenile during the winter when a close third beaten under a length by Romantic Touch in the JJ Atkins over the Eagle Farm mile, Paximadia returned on October 5 at Flemington.
There they won the Listed Vintage Stakes (1410m) before an unexplained failure next start when a distant eight in the Listed Gothic Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Showing an affinity to Flemington on Derby Day they were back to their best defeating Gothic Stakes winner Hucklebuck to win the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m).
Now they must overcome their Caulfield hoodoo when they run over the mile again in the Guineas.
Snowden will also saddle up his Exceed And Excel colt Champollion (barrier eight) who is looking for a form return after running a disastrous seventh (Gothic Stakes) and eighth (Carbine Club Stakes) in their two most recent runs.
Third and fourth placegetters in the Carbine Club Stakes meanwhile, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Equator (3rd) and Anthony Cummings’ Best Case (4th), also back-up in the Sandown Guineas.
Northern Meteor gelding Equator is another youngster with Group 1 race experience having finished third to Snowden’s ace filly Guelph in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) back in April, and sixth to another Darley-owned champ Complacent in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (200m) in October.
Savabeel three-year-old Best Case meanwhile had their opening five starts in Sydneym, including a recent mile win at Randwick over Kirramosa, and should have improvement in them after their Melbourne debut in the Carbine.
Other notable Sandown Guineas hopes this year then include Batman Stakes runner-up from Crown Oaks Day Pompeius and Apollo’s Choice going up in class here who have drawn the two outside barrier 10 and 11 respectively, as well as the lightly-raced Outlandish.
Anthony Freedman’s Redoute’s Choice filly Outlandish lines up for just their third career start with Craig Williams aboard having run second in their two opening runs in country Victoria leading up to this trip to the big city.
See below for the complete Sandown Guineas 2013 field, barriers and jockeys.
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2013 Sandown Guineas Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race 7 – 4:10pm (AEST) – 16/11/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1443×181||PAXIMADIA||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||5||56.5kg||89|
|2||0170×00378||CHAMPOLLION||Peter Snowden||Steven Arnold||8||56.5kg||76|
|3||113×9363||EQUATOR||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||9||56.5kg||78|
|4||6×12414||BEST CASE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||Damien Oliver||6||56.5kg||71|
|5||6×7432||POMPEIUS||Frankie STOCKDALE||Vlad Duric||10||56.5kg||64|
|6||1×14||APOLLO’S CHOICE||Shea Eden||Brad Rawiller||11||56.5kg||67|
|7||837×17||RYKER||Gai Waterhouse||Dwayne Dunn||1||56.5kg||63|
|8||6x526x14||INAFRENZY||John McArdle||Chris Symons||2||56.5kg||62|
|9||21||GABBLE||Shane Fliedner||Stephen Baster||3||56.5kg||62|
|10||7×65||DE LAGO STORM||Harold Barry||–||4||56.5kg||53|
|11||22||OUTLANDISH||Anthony Freedman||Craig Williams||7||54.5kg||61|