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Matt Laurie’s upset JRA Cup winner last Friday night Escado is one of the headline final acceptors set to face off on the short back-up into this Saturday’s Herbert Power Stakes 2015 at Caulfield Racecourse.
The Casino Prince six-year-old is one of 13 confirmed starters for this year’s $400,000 Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m), the mile and a half clash running as Caulfield Race 5 at 3:20pm (AEST) on Guineas Day.
Drawn in barrier eight with Hugh Bowman to ride on 58 kg, Escado goes up one and a half kilos from the weight he carried to victory under the lights at Moonee Valley to beat home Magnapal as a 41/1 outsider in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m).
He is up in distance as well, but has a solid 2400m record (2-1-1-0) as he prepares to run in the race offering a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption to the winner.
Escado is not among the current third acceptors for Saturday week’s $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), but a host of his Herbert Power Stakes rivals are including the Robert Hickmott-trained Amralah (58.5kg).
The imported Teofilo stallion is the shortest priced Herbert Power hopeful in the futures Caulfield Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, the six-year-old paying $34 as he looks to improve on a seventh in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) this weekend where he was defeated under two lengths.
The equal Herbert Power Stakes top weights this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival are the Darren Weir-trained Prince Of Penzance who comes off a fifth when under two lengths off Escado in the JRA Cup and Galileo eight-year-old Sertorius both allocated 59kg.
Along with Escado the only other last start winner in the mix this year is the Michael Moroney-trained Black Tomahawk who hasn’t run out of the top three in his past six runs.
A 54kg lightweight this weekend jumping from a gun gate two draw with Glen Boss retaining the ride, the Seul Amour-trained six-year-old’s last start produced a long neck win in the Listed Harry White Classic (2400m) over this track and distance on September 26.
Runner-up in that same lead-up was the Gai Waterhouse-trained Monsun stallion Excess Knowledge, the fellow six-year-old carrying 57.5kg from the outside alley (13 of 13) for the rematch on Saturday.
Also coming off a nice lead-up run into the Herbert Power Stakes this season are Pat Carey’s Harry White co-third placegetter Ethiopia and the Darren Weir-trained At First Sight who was equal third in the same race.
Also in the mix are last year’s Victoria Derby runner-up Bondeiger who comes off a third over 2000m here from September 26 and Waterhouse’s other runner Bohemian Lily, the four-year-old O’Reilly mare coming off a second in the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) in Sydney.
Check out the full Herbert Power Stakes 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and weights below.
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2015 Herbert Power Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race 5 (3:20pm) – 10/10/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||782123×855||PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ)||Darren Weir||Ms Michelle Payne||12||59kg||104|
|2||6798x21x00||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards||Ryan Maloney||5||59kg||104|
|3||6211x0x017||AMRALAH (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Hugh Bowman||8||58.5kg||103|
|4||200281×971||ESCADO||Matt Laurie||Ben Melham||9||58kg||102|
|5||715x11x572||EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||Blake Shinn||13||57.5kg||101|
|6||x21172x003||BONDEIGER||Danny O’Brien||James Winks||3||56kg||98|
|8||x018323331||BLACK TOMAHAWK||Michael Moroney||Glen Boss||2||54kg||94|
|9||4x2121x692||BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Kerrin McEvoy||1||53kg||95|
|10||46Lx644615||ALBONETTI||Sue Jaensch||Dwayne Dunn||4||53kg||91|
|11||25×7462643||AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE)||Darren Weir||Craig Williams||11||53kg||86|
|12||8x007141x0||MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB)||Michael Moroney||Daniel Moor||6||53kg||85|
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