Lord Aspen Leads 2015 Christmas Handicap Field

Mick Huxtable’s in-form Murray Bridge-based gelding Lord Aspen is the likely favourite on Boxing Day in Adelaide to take out Morphettville’s Christmas Handicap 2015.

Lord Aspen

Lord Aspen is favourite to win Adelaide’s 2015 Christmas Handicap at Morphettville this Boxing Day. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

Due to jump as Race 8 at 5:03pm (local time), this year’s $100,000 Listed Adelaide Galvanising Christmas Handicap (1200m) has attracted 14 sprinters led in betting by Good Journey four-year-old Lord Aspen.

A winner of six of his nine career starts to date the super consistent galloper comes off a victory in the Listed City Of Marion Stakes at the track and distance from December 5 where he overcame barrier 15 of 15.

Lord Aspen is now undefeated over 1200m at Morphettville with a three-from-three record heading into the Christmas Handicap where he shoots for a black-type double.

Group 2 performed when fifth in last year’s Sandown Guineas, he is also a stakes placegetter at Flemington this spring and the one to beat according to the Christmas Handicap odds for Saturday.

Heading the Christmas Handicap weights this year with 5kg is the Paul Beshara-trained Richie’s Vibe who Jamie Kah rides from gate eight.

The Danerich six-year-old hasn’t won a race since Moonee Valley’s Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) back in January last year and is looking to atone for a string of unplaced Melbourne runs this campaign.

He returns home to Adelaide however for the first time since a third in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) in August and is tipped to enjoy getting back to a track he boasts two wins at from five starts.

The next highest weighted are the Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained Essay Raider and the Danielle Wilson-trained Whitlam both with 57.5kg and drawn beside each other in barriers five and six respectively.

Drawn wide in gate 11 but in flying form is the Richard Jolly-trained Karacatis who apprentice Caitlin Jones stays aboard third-up on the weekend.

The seven-year-old Hussonet gelding won over 1000m at Morphettville Parks in November before a third in the City Of Marion Stakes when beaten only 1.4 lengths carrying 58kg.

He drops a kilo to 57kg this weekend and has a good record over 1200m at the track despite not having posted a win with three seconds and four thirds from nine runs.

Local horseman Jolly has also accepted for Enduro in the outside alley, the Savabeel six-year-old shooting for three straight wins over the track and distance having taken out a Class 2 on November 7 and a Benchmark 82 later that month.

While he is drawn wide and up notably in class, Enduro’s record at Morphettville (9-2-2-1) and over 1200m (5-2-3-0) makes him hard to go past for a place at really juicy odds.

Drawn the opposite end of the field with the rails run from barrier one is the Lloyd Kennewell-trained Silent Whisper with WA-based hoop Chris Parnham over for the ride on the four-year-old.

Other notable hopes include 50-start veteran Hank’s Nephew coming off a fourth in the City Of Marion Stakes and David Jolly’s six-year-old Streetcar Valour coming off a string of second place efforts.

See below for the full Christmas Handicap 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2015 Christmas Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

Morphettville Race 8 (5:03pm) – 26/12/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 555×340497 RICHIE’S VIBE Paul Beshara Ms Jamie Kah 8 59kg 98
2 504x4177x9 ESSAY RAIDER Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Clare Lindop 5 57.5kg 95
3 196×120570 WHITLAM Danielle Wilson Shayne Cahill 6 57.5kg 95
4 4922964×13 KARACATIS Richard Jolly Caitlin Jones (a) 11 57kg 94
5 2622750825 JUSTIFY THAT Peter Moody Josh Cartwright (a) 13 55.5kg 91
6 x1115x1341 LORD ASPEN Mick Huxtable Matthew Neilson 10 55kg 90
7 18x8x1255x SANDHILL FLASH Sam Turner Jeffrey Maund 3 54kg 88
8 39207×3868 VATICAN Byron Cozamanis Zac Spain (a) 2 54kg 88
9 35×8267114 HANK’S NEPHEW Shylie Williams Jason Holder 4 54kg 87
10 3229×27086 BRIMARVI PRINCE Paul Seater Ms Emily Finnegan (a) 12 54kg 84
11 1x36000x57 SILENT WHISPER Lloyd Kennewell Chris Parnham 1 54kg 77
12 0446251222 STREETCAR VALOUR David Jolly TBA 9 54kg 77
13 318x223x11 ENDURO (NZ) Richard Jolly Jake Toeroek 14 54kg 74
14 44113×4384 READY SUNSHINE Ryan Balfour Todd Pannell 7 54kg 72


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