Howard Be Thy Name Tops 2016 Grand Prix Stakes Field

Last start SA Derby winner Howard Be Thy Name will shoot for his fifth win on the trot this weekend when the Darren Weir-trained three-year-old runs in the Grand Prix Stakes 2016 field at Doomben Racecourse.

Howard Be Thy Name

SA Derby champion Howard Be Thy Name runs in the 2016 Grand Prix Stakes at Doomben in Brisbane this weekend. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

The card closer on Doomben 10,000 Day in Brisbane, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Mullins Lawyers Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) is set to run as Doomben Race 8 at 4:37pm (AEST) and features a final field of 14 gallopers.

To wear the number one saddlecloth and jumping from gate 10 with Brad Rawiller aboard is the flying Redoute’s Choice colt Howard Be Thy Name who is yet to finish out of the money in his 11 career starts.

He has won his past four on the trot including the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) at Morphettville in Adelaide on May 14.

Heading towards a run in the $600,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 11, Howard Be Thy Name is firstly down in distance for Saturday’s Grand Prix that has produced two of the past four Queensland Derby winners.

Howard Be Thy Name is the current $8 equal second favourite in futures Queensland Derby odds at with Cylinder Beach who also runs in the Grand Prix this weekend.

Prepared locally by Desleigh Forster, Showcasing gelding Cylinder Beach won the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1630m) two back before a last start second back at Doomben on BTC Cup Day in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m).

The runaway Rough Habit Plate winner a fortnight ago was the Chris Waller-trained Mackintosh who had nearly three lengths to spare on the line.

The Pins gelding now leads all-in Queensland Derby betting at $2.80 and runs again in Saturday’s Grand Prix Stakes where he is also likely to jump the punters’ pick.

Blake Shinn continues his association with Mackintosh who is drawn ideally in barrier three for the weekend and who is joined by two stablemates in the Grand Prix Stakes field.

Waller, who won the 2013 Grand Prix Stakes – Queensland Derby double with Hawkspur three years ago, is also represented on Saturday by last start Rosehill winner over 1900m Encosta De Line (13) and Kerrin McEvoy’s mount Multifacets coming off a Rough Habit ninth.

Also out of the Rough Habit Plate into the Grand Prix this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival is the Bryan Guy-trained fourth placegetter from the Gold Coast Eagle Way in barrier six on Saturday with Paul Hammersley to ride.

Guy has also accepted for the rails-drawn Captain Sonador gelding Snapper Rocks coming off back-to-back seconds over 2150m and 2190m respectively at Ipswich this month.

Other notable Grand Prix Stakes runners this year include the John O’Shea-trained Unbreakable last seen running third to 2016 Queensland Oaks hope Tavi Bay over 2000m at Caulfield a fortnight ago and Ciaron Maher’s last start Geelong winning Shocking gelding Harvard.

See below for the full Grand Prix Stakes 2016 field, barriers and jockeys below.

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2016 Grand Prix Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Doomben Race 8 (4:37pm) – 28/05/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 3322121111 HOWARD BE THY NAME Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 10 57kg 100
2 3534x31x12 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) Desleigh Forster Michael Cahill 9 57kg 85
3 32×0240208 I’M BELUCCI Desleigh Forster Jim Byrne 11 57kg 73
4 141011 MACKINTOSH (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 3 57kg 88
5 4144×16213 UNBREAKABLE John O’Shea TBA 14 57kg 78
6 314×292021 ENCOSTA LINE Chris Waller Rory Hutchings (a) 13 57kg 75
7 0074×74344 RED ALTO Paul Banks TBA 5 57kg
8 458111×284 EAGLE WAY Bryan Guy Paul Hammersley 6 57kg 73
9 59×4141389 MULTIFACETS (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 8 57kg 76
10 x11218x513 BRAZEN David Vandyke Zac Purton 7 57kg 77
11 352×14117 ESCHIELE John O’Shea TBA 12 57kg 73
12 1352×14422 SNAPPER ROCKS Bryan Guy TBA 1 57kg 62
13 2321×51090 LAST TYPHOON Robert Smerdon Glen Colless 2 57kg 65
14 5×251 HARVARD (NZ) Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 4 57kg 63


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