2015 The BMW Field & Barrier Draw – Protectionist Out Wide

Protectionist will have to overcome a wide start from the outside gate in the Group 1 The BMW.

Protectionist will have to overcome a wide start from the outside gate in the Group 1 The BMW. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

12 stayers will tackle the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill this Saturday after it was revealed Red Cadeaux would go straight to the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on April 11.

Headlining the field is the Kris Lees-trained Protectionist, who will enjoy the increase in distance however is still waiting to return to two miles. The five-year-old horse was an impressive winner of the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 4, leaving his rivals far behind to win by four lengths.

The horse resumed three and a half months later with a new trainer in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) on February 28 for which he was the $2.90 favourite. Punters were relying too heavily on his Melbourne Cup win as he failed to succeed over the shorter-course.

Protectionist then ran in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) on March 14, finishing four and a half lengths behind winner Spillway in eighth place.

Lees revealed that because horse is a “genuine two-miler” he is no good thing at the mile-and-a-half trip of The BMW but it’s still a nice lead-up race for the 2015 Sydney Cup.

Protectionist will have to overcome a wide start from outside gate on Saturday with Craig Williams to ride. No runner has won The BMW from a gate wider than 10 in the past 32 years.

Chris Waller will deliver a triple-pronged attack on the race after accepting with Who Shot Thebarman, Beaten Up, and Opinion.

Who Shot Thebarman earned a minor placing in the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup last year and the six-year-old gelding has finished strongly in both of his two starts this campaign. He resumed in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on February 28, finishing just one and a half lengths behind the winner Contributer, before running just shy of the placings in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) on March 14.

The gelding will jump from barrier nine with Glen Boss while Beaten Up will start two gates in from barrier seven with Glyn Schofield to ride.

Six-year-old gelding Opinion will enjoy a start from barrier four with Tye Angland as jockey. This has been the most successful starting gate in the race’s past 32 years, providing six winners.

Hartnell shot to the top of the 2015 The BMW betting at Ladbrokes.com.au after making his debut in Australia last month with a strong runner-up finish in the Chipping Norton Stakes followed by a dominant two length win in the Sky High Stakes a fortnight ago.

The John O’Shea-trained UK import will start from barrier three with James McDonald as jockey. Inside barriers are an advantage in the race with horses in starting gates 1-5 winning the race 15 times in the past 30 years, however it’s of note that not one of those winners has come from barrier three. Can Hartnell break the hoodoo?

Other horses that are set to run in the 2015 The BMW include Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) runner-up Extra Zero, who will enjoy the inside jump from barrier one, Japanese horse To The World, and Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) runner-up Rising Romance.

Check out the complete field and barrier draw for The BMW below. Open your Ladbrokes.com.au online betting account to receive up to $250 in a bonus match on your first bet.

2015 The BMW Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x221141x68 PROTECTIONIST (GER) Kris Lees Craig Williams 12 59kg 115
2 x071103x54 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 9 59kg 108
3 21x42x8005 BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 7 59kg 107
4 x050160x82 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller Tye Angland 4 59kg 105
5 2322122822 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 1 59kg 102
6 4366×21357 FAST DRAGON Bruce Wallace Damien Oliver 5 58.5kg 97
7 1125x20x2x TO THE WORLD (JPN) Yasutoshi Ikee Nicholas Hall 6 57.5kg 114
8 x521167x21 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James McDonald 3 57.5kg 109
9 4x4593x544 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James Kerrin McEvoy 8 57kg 115
10 x16130x493 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees Jim Cassidy 2 56.5kg 111
11 x47226x122 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) Donna Logan Tim Clark 10 56.5kg 110
12 834118×966 HAMPTON COURT Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 11 54kg 100


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