Rampage Heads 2016 Inglis Classic Field & Barriers

The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Rampage is the top rated acceptor for the lucrative Inglis Classic 2016 this weekend in Sydney and has come up with barrier one in the Royal Randwick feature.

Rafha's Choice

Rafha’s Choice is one of the top rated juveniles facing off in the 2016 Inglis Classic at Royal Randwick this weekend in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

Running as Randwick Race 5 at 3:05pm (AEDT) on the Breeders Classic Day card on Saturday, this season’s $250,000 Restricted Listed Inglis Classic (1200m) attracted a capacity field of 16 starters plus an emergency.

Already that spare, Dream Faith, gets a run from barrier two after the early scratching of the unraced Gerald Ryan-trained Deodara (15).

To wear the number one saddlecloth and jumping from the inside alley in the big field with Blake Shinn booked for the ride is Lindsay Park’s promising All American colt Rampage.

A winner on debut over 1000m at Moonee Valley last November, Rampage was last seen running sixth to current 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes favourite Extreme Choice in the Inglis Nursery (1000m) at Randwick on December 12.

Just three other Inglis Classic hopes this year have previous winning form including the Bede Murray-trained Rafha’s Choice, also drawn well in barrier four for jockey Jason Collett.

Prepared at Kembla Grange the I Am Invincible colt won his opening two career starts before a seventh in the Inglis Nursery he is out to atone for.

Rafha’s Choice thrived on a Heavy (10) track to win a barrier trial over 900m at Nowra at the start of the month and any rain around will aid his chances of returning to form first-up on Saturday.

Murray has also accepted for Snippetson filly Can’t Find Snippy (barrier eight) who ran second over 1000m at Canberra first-up on January 22 and Flash Fibian (barrier five) coming out of a fifth in the same lead-up.

Not as lucky in the Inglis Classic barrier draw were last start winners Walk Right In (14) and Cogliere (13) both coming off back-to-back victories.

The Paul Perry-trained Hinchinbrook colt Walk Right in has had one previous black-type run when fifth on debut to current favourite for the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m), Capitalist, in the Listed Breeders Plate (1000m) last October.

Since then he has won twice on provincial tracks around Sydney including over 1100m last time out at Scone on June 21 with Christian Reith, who retains the ride this Saturday, in the saddle.

Port Macquarie trainer Marc Quinn prepares Pluck colt Cogliere who saluted at Coffs Harbour two back before a last start Grafton win as the odds-on favourite on January 24.

Third to Walk Right In in both of his previous starts and also backing up in the Inglis Classic, the Louis Baudron-trained Mossman colt Man To Love was beaten only a length last start at Scone but has barrier 11 to overcome this weekend.

Other notable hopes include recent Rosehill trial winning Street Sense colt Wonderful Story for Chris Waller, Kris Lees’ Beneteau filly Twist Tops who ran fourth to Calliope in last year’s Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) at the track and the spring’s Listed Merson Cooper Staeks (1000m) runner-up Soviet Secret.

See below for the full Inglis Classic 2016 field, barriers and jockeys.

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2016 Inglis Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw

Randwick Race 5 (3:05pm) – 06/02/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt.
1 13 RAMPAGE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Blake Shinn 1 56.5kg
2 117 RAFHA’S CHOICE Bede Murray Jason Collett 4 56.5kg
3 5×511 WALK RIGHT IN Paul Perry Christian Reith 14 56.5kg
4 6×11 COGLIERE Marc Quinn Hugh Bowman 13 56.5kg
5 4 ENGAGING Gary Nickson Brenton Avdulla 16 56.5kg
6 33 MAN TO LOVE Louis Baudron Tye Angland 11 56.5kg
7 5×5 FLASH FIBIAN Bede Murray TBA 5 56.5kg
8 CHIMBORAA David Payne TBA 3 56.5kg
9 CHINA PLATE Michael Costa Sam Clipperton 17 56.5kg
10 WONDERFUL STORY Chris Waller TBA 9 56.5kg
11 40×2 TWIST TOPS Kris Lees Tommy Berry 10 54.5kg
12 2x SOVIET SECRET Sam Pritchard-Gordon James McDonald 12 54.5kg
13 2 CAN’T FIND SNIPPY Bede Murray TBA 8 54.5kg
14 DEODARA Gerald Ryan 15 54.5kg
15 MADDISON AVENUE Marc Conners TBA 6 54.5kg
16 OUR BELISA John P Thompson TBA 7 54.5kg
17e DREAM FAITH Gregory Hickman Ms Winona Costin (a) 2 54.5kg

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