2016 Victory Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

Nine sprinters have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s featured Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Doomben Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Brisbane Winter Carnival’s most exciting prospects.

Fell Swoop will leave from barrier 2 in the 2016 Victory Stakes on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Fell Swoop will leave from barrier 2 in the 2016 Victory Stakes on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Fell Swoop has returned to racing in particularly slick form this time and will be very hard to beat in the 2016 Victory Stakes after drawing the ideal barrier 2.

Capping a standout 2015 campaign with consecutive wins in the Listed Chandler McCloud Stakes (1200m) and Listed Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m), Fell Swoop was sent off at double figure odds in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) first-up this time but produced a huge late turn of foot to finish second in a photo.

Progressing to fourth in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m), the Not A Single Doubt gelding produced a career-best effort to finish a close second behind Chautauqua in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on Day 1 of The Championships.

Knoydart has been a strong and consistent performer for Godolphin through his entire racing career so far and could very well receive the run of the race in the Victory Stakes from barrier 3.

A proven Brisbane performer, Knoydart arrived north of the border in 2015 for fourth in the Victory Stakes; progressing to second in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) and fourth in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) most notably.

Having run a close second in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) last time out, Knoydart should prove very hard to beat in the Victory Stakes with local hoop Robbie Fradd aboard.

Artlee was not included in initial nominations for the Victory Stakes on Monday but was confirmed in the race’s final field by trainer Todd Willan this morning.

Artlee was the standout of the country racing circuit in 2015; peaking with an impressive and dominant performance for success in the Country Championship Final (1400m) on Day 2 of The Championships.

Winning the Listed Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) at the conclusion of his strong autumn prep, the Excellent Art gelding resumed in spring for a credible third in the Listed Lightning (1100m) but returned to the paddock after failing to fire in the Group 3 Guvera Stakes (1400m).

Sure to have taken plenty of benefit from a first-up run in the Hall Mark Stakes, Artlee will likely require some luck in transit after drawing the outside barrier.

Group 1 winner Famous Seamus is positioned perfectly for a good run in the Victory Stakes from barrier 5 while Tony Gollan-trained stable mates Didntcostalot (barrier 1) and Fontelina (barrier 7) have also been confirmed to start.

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2016 Victory Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x41111x242 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Jay Ford 2 58.5kg 105
2 x54761x000 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith Ryan Wiggins 5 58.5kg 107
3 17111x39x9 ARTLEE Todd Willan Michael Cahill 9 58.5kg 93
4 0x2113116x DIDNTCOSTALOT Tony Gollan Ms Tegan Harrison 1 58.5kg 101
5 464238×361 CHOICE BRO Tony Sears James Orman (a) 4 58.5kg 93
6 000x59310x FONTELINA Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 7 58.5kg 105
7 4240x30x02 KNOYDART John O’Shea Robbie Fradd 3 58.5kg 104
8 11x00x8840 ROCK ROYALTY Liam Birchley Jeff Lloyd 6 58.5kg 91
9 450x213x90 PINCH RIVER Robert Heathcote Glen Colless 8 58.5kg 85


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