Terrubi Tops 2016 JRA Plate Field & Weights

Kris Lees’ English import Terrubi will carry top weight for his Australian race debut this Saturday at Royal Randwick in the JRA Plate 2016 on All Aged Stakes Day.

Havana Cooler

Havana Cooler is the sole last start winner in the 2016 JRA Plate field on All Aged Stakes Day in Sydney this Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Set to run as Randwick Race 8 at 4:25pm (AEDT) as the penultimate event on the bumper nine-race program, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Sharp Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) has drawn a capacity field of 13 starters plus four emergencies.

Allocated 59kg and drawn in gate nine for jockey Brenton Avdulla is the now Newcastle-based Dalakhani six-year-old Terrubi.

The grey stallion is only lightly-raced for his age with three wins and six other minor placings from 10 starts, his latest a dead last when 11th behind Our Ivanhowe in a Group 1 over the mile and a half in September of 2014.

It has been over a year between runs then for the proven Group 2 winning stayer, Lees looking to get the Australian Bloodstock-owned import back to form down under starting in Saturday’s handicap clash.

The next heaviest-weighted JRA Plate acceptor with 58kg is the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Messene in gate 11 with Dwayne Dunn booked to ride the rising eight-year-old son of Lonhro.

From two previous runs over 2000m Messene has twice run second.

Two back he was beaten a nose by Sir John Hawkwood in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) before a similarly close effort behind It’s Somewhat on March 26 in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) by the Railway Stakes runner-up in Perth last November.

Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller dominates the JRA Plate field numbers-wise saddling up six starters and the second emergency Magicool.

Included in the Waller contingent are Moriarty, Beyond Thankful, Hawkspur, Index Linked, Weary and Sadler’s Lake.

The outside alley in the race belongs this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival to the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Guardini who comes off a second to Leebaz in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) over the same distance at Caulfield.

The sole last start winner in the mix is the John O’Shea-trained Havana Cooler, a six-year-old son of Hurricane Run who took out the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) late last month.

Third to Magic Hurricane in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at the Randwick track last October, the gelding has his first run at the track since and is one-from-two over the 2000m.

Also in the mix are the rails-drawn Doncaster Prelude third placed Red Dazzler gelding Rudy from the Gold Coast who was ninth last start behind Winx in the Doncaster Mile and Casino Dancer out to improve on her 12th to Azkadellia in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) last Saturday.

Check out the full JRA Plate 2016 field, barriers, jockeys and weights below.

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2016 JRA Plate Final Field & Barrier Draw

Randwick Race 8 (4:25pm) – 16/04/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 123x12310x TERRUBI (IRE) Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 9 59kg 107
2 83482×0822 MESSENE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 11 58kg 105
3 x157x80x62 GUARDINI (FR) Lee & Anthony Freedman Hugh Bowman 17 57kg 103
4 2Lx60633x1 HAVANA COOLER (IRE) John O’Shea James McDonald 2 57kg 103
5 29x00740x9 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller Tye Angland 14 57kg 103
6 14110×5885 BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE) Chris Waller Chris O’Brien 8 56.5kg 102
7 75x00035x6 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller Jason Collett 10 56.5kg 102
8 216x5300x0 INDEX LINKED (GB) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 5 56.5kg 102
9 249000×986 WEARY (FR) Chris Waller Christian Reith 13 56.5kg 102
10 320099×639 RUDY Helen Page Sam Clipperton 1 55kg 99
11 4x11947x40 SADLER’S LAKE Chris Waller Blake Shinn 7 55kg 99
12 5797x60x50 AOMEN (IRE) Anthony Cummings Mitchell Bell 6 54.5kg 98
13 513310×090 CASINO DANCER Mike Van Gestel Thomas Huet 3 54kg 100
14e 7x637x4613 HIPPOPUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Tim Clark 16 54kg 97
15e 11x00000x0 MAGICOOL Chris Waller Jay Ford 15 54kg 97
16e 12212x089x SENSE OF OCCASION Tony McEvoy Kerrin McEvoy 12 54kg 95
17e 221x120x23 MAURUS (GB) David Vandyke Blake Spriggs 4 54kg 92


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