2016 HDF McNeil Stakes Field: Three for Lindsay Park

The Lindsay Park training team have accepted for a trio of three-year-olds in the H.D.F. McNeil Stakes 2016 field at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend in Melbourne.

Highland Beat (outside)

Highland Beat (outside) is one of three Lindsay Park-trained runners in the 2016 HDF McNeil Stakes field at Caulfield this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

One of the key support acts on the Memsie Stakes Day card, this season’s $150,000 Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) runs at Caulfield Race 6 at 3:30pm (AEST) and features a 14-starter field.

Three of the final acceptors are prepared by David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig including Highland Beat who has come up trumps with barrier three for hoop Damian Lane.

A consistent son of Exceed And Excel, the colt comes off back-to-back seconds at the track.

Lane was aboard in late April when Highland Beat crossed a neck behind Oregon’s Day in the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m) before Craig Williams partnered the up-and-comer first-up on August 13 when a half-length second to Russian Revolution in the Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m).

Stablemate Blue Tycoon also enjoyed a nice gate in the HDF McNeil Stakes barrier draw coming up with the inside alley.

Michael Walker stays on the son of Written Tycoon after guiding him to victory over 1100m at Caulfield back in mid-May.

That was Blue Tycoon’s second win from three career starts and Saturday sees him step up to stakes’ company for the first time.

The stable’s final acceptor is Seaburge, Mark Zahra continuing his association with the Sebring colt who is best known for his Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) win at Flemington in March.

Seabruge was last seen racing at Randwick when sixth to Yankee Rose in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).

The headline HDF McNeil Stakes runner meanwhile is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Defcon in barrier four with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle.

Winner of Canberra’s Group 3 Black Opal Stakes (1400m) in early March, the progressive Choisir colt is out to atone for his last start 13th in the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) later that month.

He has trialled nicely twice since in Sydney and debuts in Melbourne this weekend having done some nice lead-up work this way of racing.

Along with Lindsay Park, Mick Price also has multiple acceptors for the set weights and penalties clash this weekend.

Price’s pair China Dream and Hardham are drawn alongside each other in barriers seven and eight respectively and both come off a last start third.

Snitzel colt China Dream ran third at Cranbourne on August 11 in a maiden set weights, while the lightly-raced Hardam was beaten only a half-length when third in the Vain Stakes in just his second career run.

Other notable HDF McNeil Stakes hopes include the John O’Shea-trained Anzac Day Stakes runner-up from April Pyx Chamber, and Clinton McDonald’s Revolving Door who finished third in the VRC Sires’ and sixth in the Vain Stakes.

See below for the full H.D.F. McNeil Stakes 2016 field, barriers and jockeys before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au – home of the weekend’s top racing odds and offers.

2016 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 6 (3:30pm) – 27/08/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2210x DEFCON Peter & Paul Snowden Dwayne Dunn 4 58.5kg 80
2 1216x SEABURGE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 6 58.5kg 80
3 12020212×2 HIGHLAND BEAT David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 3 56kg 72
4 35x45512x PYX CHAMBER John O’Shea Michael Dee (a) 13 56kg 67
5 2x11x BLUE TYCOON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 1 56kg 70
6 413×6 REVOLVING DOOR Clinton McDonald Nicholas Hall 10 56kg 70
7 1225 WAZZENME Stuart Webb Luke Nolen 9 56kg 67
8 330×23 CHINA DREAM Mick Price Craig Newitt 7 56kg 66
9 1×3 HARDHAM Mick Price Damien Oliver 8 56kg 66
10 1 AWAKE IN GRINZING (NZ) Danny O’Brien Ben Melham 5 56kg 66
11 26 SO SI BON Robbie Laing TBA 14 56kg 63
12 67×342 SIMPLY INVINCIBLE Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison TBA 2 56kg 59
13 5 I’M TOO HOT Mark Riley TBA 12 56kg 59
14 26x07x KINETIC DESIGN Stuart Webb Luke Currie 11 54kg 66


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