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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.
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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