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Fourteen three-year-olds will seek black type success in New South Wales this weekend following the completion and release of the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas final field and barrier draw.
Generalissimo carries winning form into the 2017 Hawkesbury Guineas, but will undoubtedly require luck in running after drawing into the field in the wide and awkward barrier 12.
Third in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at his second start this time in on February 4th, the Dream Ahead gelding failed to make an impression when seventh in a Hawkesbury minor over 1400m on March 2nd and was again unable to make up ground when fifth in the Listed Darby Munro (1200m).
Rated only an outside chance of success in the Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) last time out on Day 2 of The Championships, Generalissimo stormed home on the rail to post a maiden black type win.
Blake Shinn retains the ride on the gelding and is likely to take a position off the pace in the Hawkesbury Guineas from his wide draw.
James Cummings has accepted a position for Good Standing in both the 2017 Hawkesbury Guineas field and that of the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday, but is yet to decide which avenue to take with the three-year-old.
Winner of the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) most notably as a two-year-old, Good Standing clearly required a run when ninth in the Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m) upon resuming in spring, but progressed to a credible fifth in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m).
Running third in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m), the son of Artie Schiller failed to produce much in the final straight at Caulfield when seventh in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), but responded with a smart win in the Group 3 Ladbrokes Classic (2000m).
Last seen finishing mid-pack amongst open company in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) on November 5th, Good Standing has trialled well leading into the Hawkesbury Guineas and will jump from barrier 13 should he take his place in the field.
Multiple black type winner Spright appears as though she will relish a step up to 1400m for the first time when she takes her place in the 2017 Hawkesbury Guineas field.
Having fast become the stable star for Hawkesbury trainer Garry Frazer, Spright resumed in spring for a comfortable win in the Chifley Financial Services Maiden (1100m), before repeating the effort in each of the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Crown Resorts Plate (1100m).
Returning to the races this time for third in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m), the Hinchinbrook filly has since run eighth in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) and fourth in the Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint (1200m).
Drawn ideally in barrier 2, Spright will be partnered by in-form and Melbourne Cup winning hoop Kerrin McEvoy.
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2017 Hawkesbury Guineas Final Field & Barrier Draw
|LINCOLN BLUE (NZ)
|Peter & Paul Snowden
|STAR OF MONSOON
|James Innes Jnr (a)
|Jean Van Overmeire (a)
|Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
|ROSA CAROLINA (NZ)
|Ms Kathy O’Hara
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