2017 Australian Guineas Field: Prized Icon Dual Acceptor

March 1, 2017

2017 Australian Guineas Field: Prized Icon Dual Acceptor

James Cummings’ Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon is the top-rated three-year-old across two states this weekend accepted for both the Australian Guineas 2017 field in Melbourne and Randwick Guineas line-up in Sydney.

Prized Icon

Prized Icon is accepted into both the Randwick and Australian Guineas fields for 2017 on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

For the Sydney Group 1 the son of More Than Ready is drawn out in barrier 14 of 14, making his gun gate three in the $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) even more appealing.

If he races at Flemington Racecourse in the Australian Guineas, there is a chance Prized Icon will come into barrier two with the third emergency Hardham (1) drawn the rails.

A full line-up of 16 gallopers are set to take to the track in Flemington Race 7 at 4:30pn (AEDT) for this autumn’s edition of the Australian Guineas, the race also attracting three emergencies.

Dean Yendall is booked to ride Prized Icon, who has enjoyed two wins from three starts over the distance to date, with the colt last seen running third at Rosehill behind Man From Uncle in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) on February 18.

The Hobartville Stakes is the traditional lead-up to the $1 million Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), with a decision pending on which race Prized Icon will contest on Saturday.

The major lead-up race into the Australian Guineas meanwhile is the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m), won this year by the Tony McEvoy-trained Hey Doc.

The Duporth gelding is out to do the double last achieved by Wandjina (2015) and is drawn well in barrier two, possibly into one, with Luke Currie retaining the ride in the Australian Guineas.

The other best out of the CS Hayes Stakes this season, third-placegetter Land Of Plenty had opposite luck in the Australian Guineas barriers.

Grahame Begg’s Stratum colt is out in barrier 15, coming into 12 if the three emergencies fail to gain a start.

Recent history shows that two of the past five Australian Guineas winners jumped from double-digit barriers with the filly Mosheen (16 of 16 in 2012) and Palentino (15 of 15 in 2016) last autumn.

The widest-drawn Australian Guineas hopefuls in 2017 are the John O’Shea-trained Morton’s Fork and Oak Door one on his inside.

Dual Australian Guineas winning jockey Craig Williams, who also rode his first Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes winner with Catchy last weekend, will steer Ad Valorem colt Morton’s Fork from the outside alley on Saturday.

Winner of the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) over the distance last November, the galloper is third-up on Saturday coming off a fourth when under three lengths off the winner Hey Doc in the CS Hayes Stakes.

The Robert Smerdon-trained Commands colt Oak Door meanwhile comes off a one length win in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 11.

He is yet to step out over the 1600m but is putting together a tidy record and has Damian Lane retaining the ride for his maiden Group 1 assignment in the Australian Guineas.

Three fillies are accepted to take on the colts and geldings meanwhile with: Crown Oaks runner-up Harlow Gold (7), winner of the Manfred Stakes defeating Hey Doc (3rd) two back Legless Veuve (6) and Lindsay Park’s last start Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes winner by two lengths Fuhryk (14).

Check out the full Australian Guineas 2017 field, barriers and jockeys below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for access to all the autumn’s best betting at the home of Odds Boost (T&Cs apply).

2017 Australian Guineas Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 7 (4:30pm) – 04/03/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x463351x6 PRIZED ICON James Cummings Dean Yendall 3 56.5kg 108
2 x13x1421x9 DIVINE PROPHET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 10 56.5kg 105
3 6x454282x0 SEABURGE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 4 56.5kg 107
4 0x11134x31 HEY DOC Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 2 56.5kg 100
5 21x1521x54 MORTON’S FORK John O’Shea Craig Williams 19 56.5kg 85
6 710210×524 ATTENTION Peter & Paul Snowden TBA 11 56.5kg 90
7 x216321141 OAK DOOR Robert Smerdon Damian Lane 18 56.5kg 85
8 6x165344x4 SO SI BON Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 17 56.5kg 78
9 323211×3 ANAHEIM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Noel Callow 12 56.5kg 75
10 11x3307x0 THROSSELL Ciaron Maher Luke Nolen 8 56.5kg 70
11 6162×85 INSIDE AGENT (NZ) Nigel Blackiston Brad Rawiller 16 56.5kg 74
12 6×11417 SNITZSON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Andrew Mallyon 5 56.5kg 74
13 51429×33 LAND OF PLENTY Grahame Begg Steven Arnold 15 56.5kg 71
14 3x611562x3 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 7 54.5kg 94
15 72x110x15 LEGLESS VEUVE (NZ) Stuart Webb Ms Katelyn Mallyon 6 54.5kg 88
16 5×11141 FUHRYK David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 14 54.5kg 82
17e 5x2210x41 THEANSWERMYFRIEND Robert Smerdon TBA 9 56.5kg 71
18e 137×254 REDOUBLE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes TBA 13 56.5kg 69
19e 1x3670x6 HARDHAM David Brideoake TBA 1 56.5kg 66

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