Happy Trails Draws Barrier 1 in 2014 Turnbull Stakes

An amazingly talented final field of 16 plus three emergencies will battle it out for Group One supremacy in the 2014 Turnbull Stakes this Saturday at Flemington Racecourse.

Happy Trails has been given a boost for back-to-back Turnbull Stakes wins after drawing barrier 1 for Saturday's race.

Happy Trails has been given a boost for back-to-back Turnbull Stakes wins after drawing barrier 1 for Saturday's race. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Due to jump as Race 7 at 4:20pm (AEST), the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) is the feature race of Turnbull Stakes Day on October 4.

Happy Trails will have an easy rails run as he vies for back-to-back Turnbull victories after drawing the inside barrier under Michael Rodd.

Trainer Paul Beshara is confident the seven-year-old can defend his title after showing he was back to his best getting within a head of winner Foreteller in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) last start despite it being just his third time back following an injury-enforced break.

“He’s going really well and he’s a stronger horse, the six months that he had off did him the world of good,” Beshara told Racing Victoria.

“He was on the rail last year and it didn’t bother him, that’s why you put these good jockeys on.”

The Adelaide-based trainer said Happy Trails was ‘on par, if not better’ than when he won the Turnbull last year.

But it is Roger JamesSilent Achiever that headlines the field after drawing barrier seven under Damien Oliver.

The Group 1s Ranvet Stakes (2000m) and The BMW (2400m) winner has failed to place in his last three starts, but money is coming in for the six-year-old mare at Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Robert Hickmott-trained Green Moon, winner of the 2012 Melbourne Cup, is another leading contender for the Turnbull but will have to overcome a wide start from barrier 14.

The eight-year-old isn’t heading in on the best form but did manage a second placing in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) on the same Flemington course back in March, just half a length off 2013 Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente.

However his last two starts resulted in middle of the field finishes in the Group 1s Queen Elizabeth (2000m) and Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

Kris LeesLucia Valentina has drawn the good fifth barrier under Kerrin McEvoy and will also benefit from a 53.5kg set weight, over five kilos lighter than Green Moon and Happy Trials.

The Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) winner didn’t perform as well on his last start in the Group 1 Geo Main Stakes (1600m) but Lees was happy with her track run earlier in the week and believes she’ll handle the good ground well.

Gai Waterhouse will be represented by early 2014 Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer, which Ladbrokes.com.au is offering $11 for.

The six-year-old gelding will have to overcome the wide barrier 15 under Tommy Berry at Flemington on Saturday.

Other final acceptors for the 2014 Turnbull Stakes include the Peter Moody duo Lidari (11) and Brambles, who’ll enjoy a run from barrier three under Luke Nolen, while Nigel Blackiston missed out on the field by two places with Let’s Make Adeal, who is listed as an emergency runner.

Check out the entire 2014 Turnbull Stakes final field and barrier draw below, then open your Ladbrokes.com.au online betting account and back a winner.

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2014 Turnbull Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 7 – 4:20pm (AEST) – 04/10/2014

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 5990x427x6 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Steven King 14 59kg 113
2 x57412x582 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Michael Rodd 1 59kg 113
3 349359×086 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh Glen Boss 4 57.5kg 107
4 63440×7514 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 13 57.5kg 110
5 1x63111x59 THE OFFER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 15 57.5kg 110
6 8x11114x45 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James Damien Oliver 7 57kg 116
7 x235443x67 SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington Ryan Maloney 16 56.5kg 105
8 x12720x633 PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE) Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 2 56.5kg 111
9 3x7190x544 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody Steven Arnold 11 55.5kg 103
10 43x16x09x0 THOUGHT WORTHY (USA) Robert Hickmott Nicholas Hall 9 55.5kg 95
11 x755324x97 SHOREHAM Saab Hasan Chris Symons 12 55kg 99
12 2x1114x182 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 8 55kg 104
13 27x128x671 GRIS CARO (GB) Jake Stephens Ben Melham 6 55kg 101
14 1x1155x083 CRACKERJACK KING (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 19 54.5kg 103
15 111×408821 BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 3 54.5kg 105
16 F2x3013x16 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 5 53.5kg 108
17e 2x0x623x17 STIPULATE (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Craig Williams 10 54.5kg 104
18e x87477x960 LET’S MAKE ADEAL Nigel Blackiston James Winks 17 52.5kg 99
19e 22x726x134 ALBONETTI Sue Jaensch Dean Yendall 18 52.5kg 85

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