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This Saturday in Melbourne four Group 1 races will headline Caulfield Guineas Day including the 2014 Toorak Handicap featuring the Australian debut of Marco Botti’s European raider Guest Of Honour.
A field of 15 gallopers is engaged for this year’s $400,000 Group 1 David Jones NBCF Toorak Handicap (1600m), the mile showdown running as Caulfield Race 7 at 4:30pm.
Top weight of the final acceptors with 58kg is the Botti-trained Cape Cross stallion Guest Of Honour drawn in gate five with Damien Oliver to ride.
The six-year-old won his latest two starts back home in England including the Group 2 Summer Mile over this distance at Ascot on July 12.
He heads towards a run in the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 25, his Toorak performance to go a long way in determining his price for the weight-for-age clash through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Guest Of Honour pays $41 in the updated Cox Plate odds at Ladbrokes following Tuesday’s third acceptances, a number of other hopes for the Moonee Valley showdown racing in the Toorak.
The shortest priced Cox Plate hope in Saturday’s field is Arabian Gold ($21) for David Vandyke.
Drawn wide in barrier 13 for jockey Craig Williams on the weekend, Arabian Gold has won four of her past five starts including her first-up victory over Catkins in the Group 3 Golden Pendant (1400m) in Sydney on September 27.
She’s had one previous run at Caulfield, which she won, and is also a two time winner over the distance but has winning form up to 2000m and was runner-up to Tinto in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) over further during the winter.
Also Cox Plate bound and racing in the Toorak Handicap is Commanding Jewel ($34), Leon & Troy Corstens’ Group 1 winning daughter of Commands set to jump from gate 10 with Corey Brown aboard.
Browne replaces Oliver who has ridden the now five-year-old for her three runs this time in that included a successful title defense in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on September 13 and a third behind Dear Demi in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes over the Moonee Valley mile last time out.
Also coming off a win like Arabian Gold meanwhile is the in-form Darren Weir-trained Trust In A Gust who has won three from four this time in.
Drawn one outside of Commanding Jewel in gate 11 with Brad Rawiller to ride, the Keep The Faith four-year-old became a Group 1 winner on September 28 at Caulfield with a nice win over Dissident in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).
A Caulfield specialist, Trust In A Gust has won three of his five starts at the track and at his only previous look at a mile he was second to Worth A Ransom at Flemington back in April.
The other notable Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes runner backing up in the Toorak on Saturday is the Chris Waller-trained Bull Point.
The four-year-old has an ace barrier two draw on Saturday with Jim Cassidy booked, Cassidy aboard when the son of Fastnet Rock carried just 52kg to run third to Trust In A Gust in the Sir Rupert.
On Saturday Bull Point goes up 2.5kg to 54.5kg while Trust In A Gust has to handle a 4.5kg increase from 52kg to 56.5kg.
Other Toorak hopes coming off nice lead-up runs include Stocks Stakes runner-up Solicit in barrier 14 this weekend and the John Bary-trained New Zealand visitor Recite with the outside draw to overcome who is Group 1 placed back home.
See below for the full Toorak Handicap 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.
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2014 Toorak Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race 7 (4:30pm) – 11/10/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x397x4x11x||GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE)||Marco Botti||Damien Oliver||5||58kg||108|
|2||3x62720x40||SPEEDINESS||Colin Scott||Hugh Bowman||3||57.5kg||107|
|3||231x61x313||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon & Troy Corstens||Corey Brown||10||56.5kg||109|
|4||11262×1211||TRUST IN A GUST||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||11||56.5kg||105|
|5||11x2608x18||ATLANTE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Kerrin McEvoy||8||54.5kg||101|
|6||3x1407x323||BULL POINT||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||2||54.5kg||101|
|7||x5801112x1||ARABIAN GOLD||David Vandyke||Craig Williams||13||54kg||104|
|8||3x11429x72||SOLICIT||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Craig Newitt||14||53.5kg||103|
|9||x241128x03||RECITE (NZ)||John Bary||Stephen Baster||15||53kg||101|
|10||1x11211x67||AKAVOROUN||Ciaron Maher||Ms Michelle Payne||12||53kg||98|
|11||59x395x116||LATE CHARGE||Wendy Kelly||Glen Boss||7||53kg||98|
|12||7x68011x59||RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Dwayne Dunn||9||53kg||98|
|14||553458×563||DESERT JEUNEY||Nigel Blackiston||James Winks||1||53kg||92|
|15||1861317122||TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ)||Robbie Laing||Darren Gauci||6||53kg||82|
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