Capacity Field Confirmed for 2014 Oakleigh Plate

A capacity field of 18 has been confirmed to line up for the 2014 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday, including Lankan Rupee.

Trainer Mick Price is confident Lankan Rupee can continue his brilliant run of form in the 2014 Oakleigh Plate

Trainer Mick Price is confident Lankan Rupee can continue his brilliant run of form in the 2014 Oakleigh Plate. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

The talented sprinter stamped himself as an early favourite for this weekend’s Group 1 after convincingly winning the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) two weeks ago ahead of Oakleigh Plate rivals Iconic (barrier 19) and First Command (barrier 13).

After being taken straight to the lead by jockey Craig Newitt, who will retain the ride this weekend, Lankan Rupee dictated the pace and dominated the Rubiton Stakes throughout, sprinting away late to score a very comfortable victory.

Trainer Mick Price has been delighted with the form of the son of Redoute’s Choice since he was gelded following a largely un-heralding 2013 autumn, and is confident of another victory this weekend after drawing barrier 8.

Following two strong barrier trials at Cranbourne so far this preparation, talented short distance specialist Bel Sprinter has been confirmed to make his 2014 competitive debut in the Oakleigh Plate.

Despite a less-than-convincing 2013 spring campaign, trainer Jason Warren is confident in first-up success at Group 1 level for the Bel Esprit gelding, who opened his 2013 account with a blistering run to finish first in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m).

Despite having never lined up for a Group 1 level event, trainer Peter Snowden is confident Knoydart can make his presence felt in the 2014 Oakleigh Plate.

Left in the spelling paddock for the 2013 spring season, Knoydart has returned to the track in near-perfect form, having claimed the TAB Rewards C&G (1200m), Listed Canterbury Classic (1100m) and Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) since December 28th.

The in-form More Than Ready gelding’s claims on maiden Group 1 success received a huge boost when drawing the ideal barrier 5, and will be partnered by jockey James McDonald for the first time.

Having finished third in last year’s Oakleigh Plate, Queensland-based hopeful Spirit Of Boom will be hopeful of going two better at Caulfield on Saturday, despite drawing the slightly awkward barrier 12.

Electing to only run in Group-level events during his 2013 spring preparation, the Sequalo entire managed to overcome a poor barrier and awkward jump to claim the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m) before finishing fourth in his campaign-ending Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) behind classy gelding Buffering.

Peter Moody-trained Brilliant Bisc has been confirmed as the sole emergency for the 2014 Oakleigh Plate. is currently offering the best odds on all Caulfield events this weekend, including the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate!

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2014 Oakleigh Plate Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 9x132x668x BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren Michael Rodd 10 58kg 110
2 644x32124x SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan Damien Oliver 12 56.5kg 107
3 246x1311x1 LANKAN RUPEE Mick Price Craig Newitt 8 56kg 106
4 6x43969x12 GENERAL TRUCE Ricky Maund Andrew Mallyon 16 55kg 104
5 x0x1137x73 FIRST COMMAND Anthony Freedman Damian Browne 13 54.5kg 103
6 x124514217 RICHIE’S VIBE Tony Vasil 9 54kg 102
7 x4453x821x DYSTOPIA Chris Waller Glen Boss 3 53.5kg 105
8 2x41111x6x HAPPY GALAXY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Stephen Baster 1 53kg 100
9 223130×111 KNOYDART Peter Snowden James McDonald 5 53kg 100
10 715×142214 VATICAN Byron Cozamanis Billy Egan 14 53kg 100
11 09x15262x1 SHAMAL WIND Robert Smerdon Ryan Maloney 2 52.5kg 103
12 922133×151 FLAMBERGE Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 18 52kg 97
13 2124×13471 KARACATIS Richard Jolly Damian Lane 4 52kg 98
14 313×172412 MAGNUS REIGN Rick Hore-Lacy Patrick Moloney (a) 17 52kg 82
15 2160x7139x KUROSHIO Peter Snowden Dean Holland 15 51kg 102
16 14x115132x GREGERS David Hayes Craig Williams 11 50kg 91
17 152x162x52 ICONIC Tony McEvoy Chad Schofield 19 50kg 84
18 14x4x112x1 MINAJ (NZ) Anthony Freedman Dean Yendall 7 50kg 82
19e 1x309x37 BRILLIANT BISC Peter G Moody 6 50kg 78


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