Dothraki Leads Fred Best Classic 2014 Field

Last start Gold Coast Guineas winner Dothraki is after another Group 3 win in Queensland this weekend, the Gerald Ryan-trained Sydney raider heading the 2014 Fred Best Classic field at Doomben Racecourse.


Gold Coast Guineas winner Dothraki backs up in Saturday's Fred Best Classic 2014 at Doomben. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Mossman colt views for their fourth win at career start number 13 on Saturday as they take on a capacity line-up in this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Ascend Sales Trophies Fred Best Classic (1350m).

Running as Doomben Cup Day Race 5, the Fred Best Classic drew 19 final acceptors, 16 of which are assured of a start.

Dothraki is one of five last start winners in that 16, but has drawn wide in barrier 12 with Nash Rawiller to ride.

Rawiller stays having ridden the up-and-comer for their past four starts for two wins, including the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) in the wet on May 3.

All going well Dothraki, like many in the Fred Best field, has plans to continue on to the $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap Day, June 7.

Also coming via nice runs in the Gold Coast Guineas this year are runner-up Safeguard and third placed Palmera Lad both also drawn wide for Saturday’s rematch with barrier 11 and 14 respectively.

The John O’Shea-trained Exceed And Excel colt Safeguard improved on a dead last in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes to finish just a long neck away in the Guineas while Roslyn Pratt’s Brisbane-trained gelding Palmera Lad enjoyed an Eagle Farm win over the mile in February before resuming on the Gold Coast.

The other big name Fred Best Classic acceptor is then Rob Heathcote’s Mossman gelding Hopfgarten who shoots for their fifth straight win here.

The local champ hasn’t been beaten since the start of March when they won over the track and distance enjoying three subsequent wins including the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1600m) last time out on April 26.

Also coming off wins are the likes of Friendly Dragon, Lizards Lover and the Steven O’Dea-trained Sir Moments who won a support race on Hollindale Stakes Day at the Gold Coast a fortnight back.

Travelling over from Adelaide for a shot at the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival riches starting with the Fred Best meanwhile is the Phillip Stokes-trained Hucklebuck.

Stokes has high ambitions for the Elvstroem gelding who is nominated for the $1.36 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1200m) next month.

They’ve plenty of interstate race experience including their Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) win at Flemington back in February, and were last seen running eighth to Shamus Award in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) there on March 1.

Other notable Fred Best Classic hopes on the weekend then include the Kelso Wood-trained Gold Coast Guineas fifth placed colt Into The Red, one of two for Brisbane trainer Les Ross Voodoo Blue Magic, Paul Messara’s Scone visitor Havana coming off a second in the Mick Dittman here from last Saturday and Heathcote’s other runner Olympic Anthem out in barrier 17 (into 15) as they look to improve on their Gunsynd fourth behind their stable mate.

See below for the full Fred Best Classic 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and set weights.

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2014 Fred Best Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw

Doomben Race 5 – 2:30pm – 17/05/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 0x8331x351 DOTHRAKI Gerald Ryan Nash Rawiller 12 57kg 95
2 x142638x02 SAFEGUARD John O’Shea James McDonald 11 57kg 93
3 11312x118x HUCKLEBUCK Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 7 57kg 94
4 2x6117x5x1 SIR MOMENTS Steven O’dea Timothy Bell 10 57kg 84
5 268×831111 HOPFGARTEN Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 4 57kg 86
6 170x2120x5 INTO THE RED Kelso Wood Chris Munce 8 57kg 80
7 6×00402752 VOODOO BLUE MAGIC Les Ross TBA 1 57kg 72
8 88x566x162 HAVANA Paul Messara Luke Nolen 2 57kg 76.5
9 551128×821 FRIENDLY DRAGON Les Ross TBA 18 57kg 76.5
10 4x61021x3 PALMERA LAD Roslyn Pratt Anthony Allen (a) 14 57kg 73
11 152x0x124 OLYMPIC ANTHEM (NZ) Robert Heathcote Michael Cahill 17 57kg 71
12 321x1113x7 ENQUARE Jason McLachlan Jim Byrne 13 55kg 94
13 23×1155214 QUEEN OF THE LOCHS Mick Mair Ms Tegan Harrison (a) 15 55kg 85
14 40x111259x SPLENDORA Matthew Dunn Glen Colless 6 55kg 79.5
15 22x3311x21 LIZARDS LOVER Anthony Honess TBA 16 55kg 71
16 17914441×6 MISS HUSSON Bruce W Hill Craig Newitt 9 55kg 70
17e 15431×7 ROUGH COPY (NZ) Wayne Hillis TBA 3 57kg 69
18e 10x2121x8 L’ENTRECOTE Kelly Schweida Glen Boss 5 57kg 71
19e 1×1 COMACINA John, Dan & Chris Meagher TBA 19 57kg 66


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