Hopfgarten Heads 2014 Bernborough Handicap Field

Rob Heathcote’s last start Brisbane Handicap winner Hopfgarten heads the field and weights for the Bernborough Handicap 2014 at Queensland’s Toowoomba Racecourse this Wednesday evening in the New Year’s Eve showdown.

Hopfgarten

Brisbane Handicap winner Hopfgarten shoots for another win in Wednesday night’s 2014 Bernborough Handicap at Toowoomba. Photo: Daniel Costello.

A key summer racing feature in the sunshine state, this year’s $175,000 Listed City Of Toowoomba / Toowoomba Regional Council Bernborough Handicap (1625m) has attracted a final field of 12 milers.

Set to carry the 59kg top weight from barrier six with Damian Browne in the saddle is Heathcote’s Group 3 winning Mossman gelding Hopfgarten.

The now four-year-old won the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) back in late June and before returning on November 1 to defeat subsequent Group 2 Villiers Stakes winner Rudy first-up at Doomben over 1350m.

He then improved on two disappointing runs later that month, including a dead last when 13th to Rudy in the Listed Recognition Stakes (1630m) on November 29, to re-entre the winners’ stall at Doomben on December 13 with a three and a quarter length victory over Perfect Punch in the Listed Brisbane Handicap (1600m).

It is that form Heathcote will be hoping he brings to Toowoomba on Wednesday night when he runs in Race 6 at 8:35pm (local).

Brisbane Handicap runner-up Perfect Punch also backs up in the Bernborough Handicap, Maryann Brosnan’s Gold Coast-trained gelding out to turn the tables on Hopfgarten.

The Starcraft six-year-old was defeated by a notable margin last time out on the back of a 1516m win at Lismore a fortnight earlier and will need to be improving from barrier four with Jim Byrne replacing Rick McMahon in the saddle.

Along with Hopfgarten there are four other last start winners in the mix including the Barry Baldwin-trained Flying Home (barrier seven) who won over 2200m at Doomben on December 13 and so is dropping back notably in distance for this.

Graeme Boyd’s Kiwi mare Tarloshan meanwhile continues her Australian raid here after the five-year-old won the Listed Just Now Stakes (1350m) at Doomben a fortnight ago.

Veteran seven-year-old Extreme Mover, consistent Casino Prince gelding Sigmund coming off an Ipswich win over the mile for local Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie and their stable mate Great Game are the others after back-to-back wins here.

Following Hopfgarten in the Bernborough Handicap weights meanwhile are the Rex Lipp-trained Group 1 winner Tinto (58kg) on the rails and Time To Plunder (56.5.kg) also drawn well with barrier two.

Four-year-old Red Dazzler mare Tinto won the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm back during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and has been in good form again this time in.

She resumed with a second in the Listed Tattersall’s Classic (1200m) on November 29 then finished third to fellow Bernborough hopeful Tarloshan in the Just Now Handicap on December 13.

Liam Birchley’s Time To Plunder meanwhile won the Listed Keith Noud Handicap (1200m) back on November 22 before a seventh in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) and a last start sixth behind Big Money in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) on December 20.

See below for the full Bernborough Handicap 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2014 Bernborough Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

Toowoomba Race 6 (8:35pm) – 31/12/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 11041×1901 HOPFGARTEN Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 6 59kg 99
2 2881218×23 TINTO Rex Lipp Timothy Bell 1 58kg 101
3 x699622176 TIME TO PLUNDER Liam Birchley Larry Cassidy 2 56.5kg 94
4 009×394041 FLYING HOME Barry Baldwin Jeff Lloyd 7 54.5kg 90
5 12x0112x91 TARLOSHAN (NZ) Graeme Boyd Robbie Fradd 12 54kg 93
6 0198012412 PERFECT PUNCH Maryann Brosnan Jim Byrne 4 54kg 87.5
7 9751834158 EQUISSENTIAL Neville Saunders Luke Tarrant (a) 3 54kg 83
8 2×33271131 SIGMUND Ben Currie Luke Dittman (a) 5 54kg 82
9 5295222871 EXTREME MOVER Patrick Sexton James Orman (a) 8 54kg 80
10 674060×270 KISS ME DEADLY Matt Kropp Brendon Newport (a) 11 54kg 79.5
11 75x3122x31 GREAT GAME Ben Currie Ryan Wiggins 9 54kg 79
12 9645621113 UNDER THE LEANER Kevin Kemp Skye Bogenhuber 10 54kg 77.5

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