2015 Victoria Handicap Field Features Disposition

Consistent Group 1 placed Perth import Disposition is one of the headline acceptors for the Victoria Handicap 2015 at Caulfield Racecourse this Easter Saturday.

Green Moon

2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon is one of three Victoria Handicap hopes for owner Lloyd Williams this weekend at Caulfield. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The weekend’s feature Melbourne meet is spearheaded by two Group 3 races including the $150,000 Victoria Handicap (1400m) running as Race 8 at 4:50pm (AEDT).

The handicap clash features a capacity field of 16 confirmed starters plus three emergencies, including Wez Hunter’s Rest three-year-old Disposition.

Runner-up in the WA Guineas and Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in Perth during the summer, the up-and-coming gelding ran in Melbourne for the first time first-up on February 21 at Flemington.

There he was runner-up and beaten just a neck by subsequent Australian Guineas winner Wandjina in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m).

He’s been freshened-up since and returns in the Victoria Handicap where WA hoop William Pike takes the reins from barrier eight on the 54kg minimum.

This year’s Victoria Handicap weights are led by the Robert Hickmott-trained 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon (59kg) who is first-up here along with stablemate Gallante (58.5kg).

Eight-year-old Montjeu stallion Green Moon hasn’t won a race since his Melbourne Cup success three years ago and was last seen running fifth in the Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) in mid-November.

Fellow Irish import and son of Montjeu, four-year-old Gallante meanwhile debuts down under in the Victoria Handicap for owner Lloyd Williams who also has a third import The United Stakes in the race.

Progressive stayer Gallante has won three of his six starts back in Europe, including a Group 1 over the mile and a half at Longchamp in the wet last July.

He hasn’t raced since September and could take a bit more acclimatising until Aussie punters see the best out of him, as is the case with the Darren Weir-trained French import Calvin Williams also down to have his maiden run in Australia but drawn wide in 17 (into 15).

Following the Williams-owned duo in the weights is then the Archie Alexander-trained Amorino (57.5kg) drawn a peach in barrier five and shooting for his third win on the trot.

Mark Zahra has the ride on the Snitzel gelding who won a Group 3 at Flemington over this distance on March 7 before his Listed Super Saturday (1400m) success at the same track and distance a week later.

Also coming off wins are the Bart & James Cummings-trained The Peak (54.5kg) who won at the Sunshine Coast on March 7 and Tony McEvoy’s Echuca Cup champ Jimando on the 54kg minimum but drawn out in barrier 13 for jockey Dean Yendall.

Other notable hopes include Winterbottom Stakes runner-up Watermans Bay from WA, Aeronautical coming off a Newmarket Handicap fifth, Lindsay Park’s Super Saturday third placed Gracious Prospect and last year’s Victoria Handicap winner Sistine Demon.

Check out the full Victoria Handicap 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and weights below.

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2015 Victoria Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 8 (4:50pm) – 04/04/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x427x6095x GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Jamie Mott 11 59kg 106
2 1x3311x6x GALLANTE (IRE) Robert Hickmott Steven King 15 58.5kg 105
3 6687760311 AMORINO Archie Alexander Mark Zahra 5 57.5kg 103
4 1161x5x95x CALVIN WILLIAMS (FR) Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 17 56kg 100
5 x76621x259 WATERMANS BAY Daniel Morton Steven Arnold 7 56kg 100
6 3×66654825 AERONAUTICAL Lionel Cohen Ben Melham 18 55kg 98
7 110x507x04 SISTINE DEMON Andrew Noblet Patrick Moloney (a) 2 54.5kg 97
8 66542×5731 THE PEAK Bart & James Cummings Stephen Baster 9 54.5kg 97
9 x938x11x07 HOSTING Greg Eurell Chris Symons 4 54kg 96
10 111122×2 DISPOSITION Wez Hunter William Pike 8 54kg 95
11 00x39x1611 JIMANDO Tony McEvoy Dean Yendall 13 54kg 95
12 1330321133 GRACIOUS PROSPECT David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 3 54kg 93
13 1084x1120x QUAYSIDE Peter G Moody Regan Bayliss (a) 6 54kg 93
14 14x69915x2 SAINT OR SINNER (NZ) Michael Moroney Jake Noonan 1 54kg 93
15 321x70050x TRADE COMMISSIONER (IRE) Chris Waller Robbie Fradd 10 54kg 91
16 x6x11x4x3x THE UNITED STATES (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ms Michelle Payne 14 54kg 90
17e x603870914 VIBRANT ROUGE Glenn Thornton Damien Thornton (a) 12 54kg 90
18e 31315x1x24 WRITTEN UP George Osborne Dean Holland 19 54kg 85
19e 2236x317x0 VENTURE ON Mitchell Freedman Jye McNeil (a) 16 54kg 85

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