The weekend’s sole Group race runs at Caulfield Racecourse and the Sir John Monash Stakes 2016 field and barrier draw for Saturday are now out.
Due to run as Caulfield Race 8 at 4:15pm (AEST), this winter’s $150,000 Group 3 PFD Food Services Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) has attracted a full field of 16 sprinters.
Heading the line-up for the weight-for-age feature is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Fast ‘N’ Rocking in barrier six with one of the season’s leading hoops Dwayne Dunn booked for the ride.
Dunn last rode the Fastnet Rock five-year-old on April 16 at Randwick for a third in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) when defeated only a quarter-length.
Stephen Baster had the mount for the horse’s last start run on May 21 in Adelaide’s Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m), Fast ‘N’ Rocking finishing an eye-catching fourth as a $20 outsider.
With a freshen-up between runs, a return to Caulfield where he has a credible record (16-3-2-1) especially when fresh and a better barrier than in The Goodwood (15), there’s lots of boxes ticked by Fast ‘N’ Rocking.
Hayes & Dabernig have also accepted for fellow Lindsay Park hopeful Kayjay’s Joy who has suffered an early blow with the outside alley 16 of 16 for apprentice Dylan Dunn to overcome.
The Snitzel mare has won three of her five Caulfield starts to date and was last seen running fifth to Runway Star at Morphettville on The Goodwood Day in the Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m).
Also drawn wide for this year’s Sir John Monash Stakes include the returning Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained Trevinder (15) who has a good first-up record (5-1-3-0), David Brideoake’s Stratum five-year-old Weinholt (14) who hasn’t raced since a Black-Type placing at Doomben in mid-February and Strategic four-year-old Tudor (13) who is yet to finish in the money from eight previous starts at the track.
Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir saddles-up the only last-start winner in the Sir John Monash Stakes field with Thermal Current drawn far better in barrier four.
Dean Yendall stays aboard the Exceed And Excel five-year-old who was last seen taking out the Gold Topaz (1200m) at Swan Hill on June 10.
He has subsequently won a 900m trial in the wet and has a solid 1100m record of two wins and two seconds from eight runs over Saturday’s distance.
Weir has a total of three final acceptors for the Group 3 with Thermal Current joined by Hard Spun six-year-old Mirage (8) and a last start runner-up at Morphettville Olivier (12) who boasts two wins from three runs over Saturday’s track / distance.
Adding another level of interest to this season’s Sir John Monash Stakes is the acceptance of former Hong Kong sprinter The Cynic (11) who is yet to race down under.
The Group 1 placed Magic Albert six-year-old is now prepared at Plumpton by Patrick Payne, but is far from a confirmed runner on the weekend.
“David Hall [former trainer] just found he was jarring up on the harder training and racetracks in Hong Kong but he still thought he had some life in him so he recommended he came back to me over the winter time,” Payne told Racenet.
“In his work, he wants to be competitive but his work has only been reasonable.
“His trial was a bit better but he’s not jumping out of the ground so I think we’re better waiting for the option next week [in Adelaide].”
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2016 Sir John Monash Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race 8 (4:15pm) – 16/09/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||7143×04834||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||6||58.5kg||105|
|2||x2x5x90x9x||THE CYNIC||Patrick Payne||Steven Arnold||11||58.5kg||105|
|3||042270x00x||LORD OF THE SKY||Robbie Laing||Patrick Moloney||9||58.5kg||103|
|4||x06029x019||GENERAL TRUCE||Tony Vasil||Andrew Mallyon||5||58.5kg||97|
|5||520x310x80||LE BONSIR||Mick Price||Michael Dee (a)||1||58.5kg||94|
|6||778×314501||THERMAL CURRENT||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||4||58.5kg||99|
|7||7x7141303x||WEINHOLT||David Brideoake||Ryan Maloney||14||58.5kg||90|
|9||420994140x||TUDOR||Doug Harrison||Craig Newitt||13||58.5kg||89|
|10||0x8125328x||TREVINDER||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Chris Symons||15||58.5kg||86|
|11||x1091x1192||OLIVIER||Darren Weir||Harry Coffey (a)||12||58.5kg||86|
|12||75x11534x2||RUNSATI||Bryan Maher||Ms Linda Meech||2||58.5kg||80|
|13||121x22126x||WILD RAIN||Mark Kavanagh||Damien Oliver||10||56.5kg||95|
|14||0x8800x28x||GIRL GUIDE||Ciaron Maher||Craig Williams||7||56.5kg||96|
|15||3x5080x70x||ATMOSPHERICAL||Robert Smerdon||Nicholas Hall||3||56.5kg||95|
|16||x131170x15||KAYJAY’S JOY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dylan Dunn (a)||16||56.5kg||89|