Excellantes Heads 2014 Ascot Handicap Field & Weights

Rob Heathcote’s rising seven-year-old Excellantes is the top rated and weighted runner for the Ascot Handicap 2014 at Eagle Farm Racecourse in Brisbane this Saturday.


Hinkler Handicap winner Excellantes is the top weight for Saturday's Ascot Handicap 2014. Photo: Daniel Costello.

One of two Black Types on the program, this year’s $80,000 Listed PMP Limited Ascot Handicap (1200m) originally attracted a final field of 14 acceptors.

An early scratching of the Craig Martin-trained Jefferson Park however has left 13 hopefuls for the sprint feature lead by the 59kg top weight Excellantes.

The Falvelon gelding, winner of the Listed Hinkler Handicap (1200m) in April, comes off a seventh to Ramornie Handicap hope Big Money in the Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) at the track and distance on June 21.

They carried only 57.5kg that day and while they drop back in class this weekend their big weight is still a notable obstacle to overcome if they are to return to winning form.

Following Excellantes in the Ascot Handicap weights are then the Jason McLachlan-trained Facile Tigre (58kg) who also has the outside draw to contend from, Steel Zip (57kg) who ran fifth in the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) on the Sunshine Coast last weekend and Seeking More (56kg).

Kelso Wood’s Sequalo four-year-old Seeking More comes off some good winter form at both Doomben and Eagle Farm including their last start third beaten under half a length in the WJ Healy Stakes.

The only other runner above the 54kg minimum is then Mr Favulous for Toowoomba trainer Donald Baker in barrier 12 and coming off back-to-back seconds at the Gold and Sunshine Coasts respectively.

Also coming off nice lead-up form are the likes of last start Ipswich winning mare La Tikka Rosa, Stuart Kendrick’s Avaladyluck and their stablemate Radiant Angel.

Kheleyf filly Radiant Angel has drawn the inside alley as she takes on an older field of rivals on Saturday, the three-year-old last seen winning over 1000m here on June 25 with Tim Bell, staying on for the Ascot Handicap, in the saddle.

Check out the full 2014 Ascot Handicap field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2014 Ascot Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

Eagle Farm Race 6 (3:08pm) – 05/07/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x301421037 EXCELLANTES Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 7 59kg 99
2 0x84080x65 FACILE TIGRE Jason McLachlan Eddie Wilkinson 14 58kg 97
3 3431305665 STEEL ZIP Pat Duff Justin P Stanley 9 57kg 95
4 4212441453 SEEKING MORE Kelso Wood Michael Cahill 13 56kg 93
5 9446141822 MR FAVULOUS Donald Baker 12 54.5kg 90
6 111x727x5x BLACK MAGIC Bruce Brown 5 54kg 91
7 76557×2446 METALLURGICAL John P Thompson Ric McMahon 3 54kg 88
8 2356×84217 THEFT Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 10 54kg 87.5
9 22x1254x33 BYMONASHEE Brian Smith Ryan Wiggins 8 54kg 85
10 1118×34971 LA TIKKA ROSA Matthew Dunn Glen Colless 6 54kg 84
11 005530×673 LADY OF HARRODS Sam Kavanagh 11 54kg 83
12 25227×6272 AVALADYLUCK Stuart Kendrick 2 54kg 80
13 11x211385x JEFFERSON PARK Craig Martin 4 54kg 80
14 508x1319x1 RADIANT ANGEL Stuart Kendrick Timothy Bell 1 54kg 73


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