John O’Shea’s Stan Fox Stakes winner Impending has drawn wide with gate 10 in the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas 2016 barrier draw ahead of this Saturday’s Melbourne mile feature for three-year-olds.
The marquee race at Caulfield Racecourse on the weekend, this year’s $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) field features 14 runners and the official barrier draw took place on Tuesday morning.
Early favourite in the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas betting markets is the Godolphin-raced Lonhro colt Impending.
He won the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill in Sydney on September 24 on the back of a third to the fellow O’Shea-trained Astern in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).
Impending heads south for the Caulfield Guineas on the weekend and steps up to a mile for the first time, but the bookmakers are taking no chances after the impressive win last time out.
The past two Caulfield Guineas winners completed the double Impending is after on Saturday with Shooting To Win (2014) and Press Statement (2015) taking out the classic after a Stan Fox Stakes success.
Barrier 10 last produced a winner in the mile feature back in 2001 with Lonhro and since then just three other Caulfield Guineas champions have jumped from double-digits.
Also drawn wide are the likes of the James Cummings-trained Stan Fox Stakes third placegetter Good Standing (11) and Hey Doc (13).
Prepared by Tony McEvoy, Duporth gelding Hey Doc has won his past three on the trot and is on the quick back-up after a 1.5 length Moonee Valley win last Friday night in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m).
He is after the double won by Whobegotyou (2008), that year’s Stan Fox – Caulfield Guineas champ saluting from a wide barrier 11 of 16 draw as the punters’ pick.
Twelve months ago Press Statement won the Guineas from gate 14 of 16 and this year the widest alley (14) is drawn by the Mick Price-trained Stutt Stakes runner-up Land Of Plenty.
Drawn the opposite end of the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas field with the rails run from barrier one is Stan Fox Stakes runner-up Divine Prophet who is also the second favourite in the current markets.
The Hawkes Racing stable won the race in 2012 with All Too Hard, while co-trainer John Hawks also prepared Lonhro for his win 15 years ago.
Barrier one is the most successful Caulfield Guineas barrier in the past 10 years producing three winners, most recently Long John (2013).
Gate one has also produced at total of seven champions in the race since 1983.
The next most successful Caulfield Guineas barrier producing five winners is gate four, drawn this season by the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained Kiwi visitor Saracino.
Two back he won the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) down the Flemington straight and on Saturday is out to improve on a close fifth when beaten a length in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) on September 24.
This year’s Caulfield Guineas Prelude winner is fellow Kiwi Sacred Elixir, the Tony Pike-trained galloper proven over the mile having won the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) in Brisbane by 3.5 lengths in the winter.
He took out the JJ Atkins from barrier 11 (of 18) and the Prelude first-up from 5 (of 14).
On Saturday Damian Lane rides Sacred Elixir from gate seven, with the only Guineas champ from that alley in the past 30 plus years being Helenus (2002).
Check out the official 2016 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas barrier draw below with updated markets set for release at Ladbrokes.com.au shortly.
2016 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Barriers
Caulfield Racecourse – 08/10/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||216x161x1||SACRED ELIXIR (NZ)||Tony Pike||Damian Lane||7||56.5kg||99|
|2||13×331||IMPENDING||John O’Shea||James McDonald||10||56.5kg||89|
|3||2x105x953||GOOD STANDING||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||11||56.5kg||83|
|4||5x13x142||DIVINE PROPHET||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||1||56.5kg||86|
|5||1240×111||HEY DOC||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||13||56.5kg||84|
|6||253×115||SARACINO (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Damien Oliver||4||56.5kg||95|
|7||1216×454||SEABURGE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||9||56.5kg||80|
|8||413×6562||REVOLVING DOOR||Clinton McDonald||Corey Brown||8||56.5kg||75|
|9||1225343||WAZZENME||Stuart Webb||Luke Nolen||5||56.5kg||74|
|10||1×17||EVACUATION||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Kerrin McEvoy||3||56.5kg||69|
|11||5142||LAND OF PLENTY||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||14||56.5kg||69|
|12||2133||KACHING||Ciaron Maher||Nicholas Hall||6||56.5kg||67|
|13||26×16||SO SI BON||Robbie Laing||Michael Dee (a)||12||56.5kg||65|
|14||3×13||BARBIE’S BOY||Louise Bonella||Daniel Stackhouse||2||56.5kg||63|