Moonovermanhattan Heads 2015 Caulfield Autumn Classic

Mick Price’s Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan is the top-rated final acceptor for the Caulfield Autumn Classic 2015 on Blue Diamond Stakes Day this weekend in Melbourne.


Moonee Valley Vase winner Moonovermanhattan chases another Group 2 win in Saturday’s 2015 Autumn Classic at Caulfield. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

The Manhattan Rain colt is one of 13 three-year-olds making up the field for this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Race-Tech Australia Caulfield Autumn Classic (1800m) that runs as Caulfield Race 4 at 3:15pm (AEDT) on Saturday.

Drawn in barrier nine for Brad Rawiller to ride the Australian Guineas and Australian Cup nominated grey is after his first win since taking out the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on Cox Plate Day during the spring last October.

This time in he improved on a first-up 11th of 12 runners in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m) on Australia Day to cross a nice fourth behind San Nicasio in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield a fortnight ago, Rawiller also aboard for that ride.

One better than Moonovermanhattan in the Autumn Stakes, third placed Fastnet Rock colt Firehouse Rock also backs up in the Autumn Classic this weekend.

The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained galloper was third to Fontein Ruby in the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day before failing to run out the 2500m on November 1 when 11th in the Group 1 Victoria Derby.

He ran fifth first-up in a non-black type at Flemington on January 31 before the Autumn Stakes third leading into this weekend’s clash where he will jump from barrier 11 with Nicholas Hall in the saddle.

There are five last start winners in the mix meanwhile including the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained up-and-comer Minnesinger.

A nicely-bred son of Lonhro, the colt has won two of his four starts to date with wins at Kilmore over 1462m last month and over the Sandown mile on the Lakeside track on February 4.

He is up in grade here for his first stakes assignment but is in-form and drawn a treat in barrier three for jockey Dwayne Dunn.

Also draw well is the Mark Riley-trained Lucky Paddy who would have been scratched from the race had his disqualified trainer not been granted a reprieve from the VCAT extending until next Tuesday following his three year suspension for the cobalt saga.

Also coming off a win are Tony McEvoy’s High Chaparral colt Alpine Eagle (barrier six) who has won three from four to date, Norman Rules out wide in barrier 12 and the Wez Hunter-trained Pepperjack with the rails run from gate one.

Other higher rated hopes in the race include the Mark Kavanagh-trained Victoria Derby fifth placed Magicool in the outside gate for jockey Mark Zahra and Host gelding Hong Kong Captain coming off an Autumn Stakes fifth.

Check out the full Caulfield Autumn Classic 2015 field, barriers and jockeys below.

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2015 Autumn Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 4 (3:15pm) – 28/02/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x042710x04 MOONOVERMANHATTAN Mick Price Brad Rawiller 9 57kg 92
2 5x12155x8 MAGICOOL Mark Kavanagh Mark Zahra 13 57kg 78
3 231830×53 FIREHOUSE ROCK David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Nicholas Hall 11 57kg 75
4 1315 HONG KONG CAPTAIN David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 10 57kg 75
5 1x3x11 ALPINE EAGLE Tony McEvoy Damien Oliver 6 57kg 70
6 9×431 NORMAN RULES Colin & Cindy Alderson Chris Parnham (a) 12 57kg 65
7 1586x SAN PADRE Michael Kent Vlad Duric 5 57kg 67
8 040x1129x0 CHILL PARTY Tom Hughes Steven Arnold 8 57kg 69
9 9×45112 ZAHSPEED Danny O’Brien Chad Schofield 7 57kg 68
10 4×711 MINNESINGER Lee & Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn 3 57kg 67
11 6441 LUCKY PADDY Mark Riley Damian Lane 4 57kg 63
12 3321 PEPPERJACK Wez Hunter Jamie Mott 1 57kg 62
13 12×4 BETSY Peter G Moody Craig Williams 2 55kg 67


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