Typhoon Red Out Wide in 2014 Spear Chief Handicap Field

Toowoomba-trained five-year-old Typhoon Red faces a tough assignment at Eagle Farm on Saturday after drawing the outside barrier in the Spear Chief Handicap 2014.

Typhoon Red

Weetwood Handicap winner Typhoon Red has the far outside barrier in Saturday's Spear Cheif Handicap 2014. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Running as the fifth race on the Queensland Oaks Day program jumping at 2:25pm, this year’s $80,000 Listed XXXX Gold Spear Chief Handicap (1500m) features a final field of 15 hopefuls.

Out in barrier 15 then is Kevin Kemp’s Red Dazzler gelding Typhoon Red looking to return to winning form after going down last time out.

Two back they won over 1500m at Eagle Farm before their trip home where they took out the Listed Weetwood Handicap (1200m) at Toowoomba.

Last start Typhoon Red stepped up in class for the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) at Doomben on May 17 won by 2014 Stradbroke Handicap hopeful River Lad.

Typhoon Red could only manage to finish sixth though beaten four and a half lengths, an effort they’re tipped to improve on here.

They may be out wide and going up to 58kg but they are back out over 1500m at the track and distance they won over on March 22.

Spear Chief Handicap weights meanwhile are led by the Rob Heathcote-trained Fillydelphia who carries 59kg from barrier five with Damian Browne aboard.

The six-year-old Bianconi mare also comes via the BRC Sprint but finished a distant 10th with 54.5kg.

It’s a tough ask then for her then with more weight again here.

Other BRC Sprint graduates backing up in Saturday’s Spear Chief Handicap include the Bruce Hill-trained Startsmeup (7th), That’s The One (8th), Ferment (9th) and Transporter (12th) who has the rails run with Jim Byrne to ride this weekend.

There are two last start winners in the mix meanwhile with Aldini who won at the Gold Coast over 1400m last Saturday and Playaction drawn at opposite ends of the field in barriers three and 13 respectively.

Some of the best lead-up form meanwhile comes from Natalie McCall’s Sunshine Coast-trained mare Lady Echelon.

The grey Top Echelon four-year-old has run second in their four lead up runs, including behind subsequent Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup winner from last Saturday Angel Of Mercy in the Listed Members’ Handicap (1600m) at Eagle Farm two back.

They raced at Doomben over the mile again on May 10 when runner-up to Bewhatyouwannabe in a Benchmark 90 clash carrying 56.5kg with Tim Bell in the saddle from barrier two.

Bell stays on for Saturday but Lady Echelon has a wider draw out in barrier 10, something she has the class to overcome especially dropping back to the 54kg minimum.

The complete Spear Chief Handicap 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights are listed below.

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2014 Spear Chief Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

Eagle Farm Race 5 – 2:25pm – 31/05/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 6128164350 FILLYDELPHIA Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 5 59kg 102
2 x3989368x7 STARTSMEUP Bruce W Hill Michael Cahill 6 58.5kg 97
3 3x80809x80 TRANSPORTER John P Thompson Jim Byrne 1 58.5kg 97
4 x161727116 TYPHOON RED Kevin Kemp Nozi Tomizawa 15 58kg 96
5 69177×0676 GREY ASSIGNMENT Brian Smith Larry Cassidy 7 57.5kg 95
6 42940×2978 THAT’S THE ONE Barry Baldwin Tegan Harrison (a) 11 57kg 94
7 x035568x50 CHOICE BRO John Sargent Ric McMahon 12 56kg 92
8 1x10x52222 LADY ECHELON Natalie Mccall Timothy Bell 10 54kg 90
9 8113547×09 FERMENT John P Thompson Ryan Wiggins 4 54kg 88
10 1x070x5x80 SALUTER Robert Heathcote Brenton Avdulla 14 54kg 88
11 73213×0905 CUDDLESOME Les Ross Chris Munce 9 54kg 85
12 128x012x87 PLEIADES John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 8 54kg 85
13 132153×870 ELMANTOSH Bruce W Hill Glen Boss 2 54kg 83
14 283×350021 ALDINI David Kelly Craig Newitt 3 54kg 81
15 3996×83431 PLAYACTION Kristie Clark-Peoples Jason Taylor 13 54kg 81


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