Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas 2017 Barrier Draw: Royal Symphony in 9

October 10, 2017

Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas 2017 Barrier Draw: Royal Symphony in 9

After hoping for four or six, jockey Dwayne Dunn has been forced to settle for gate nine for race favourite Royal Symphony in the 2017 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas barrier draw.

Royal Symphony

2017 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas favourite Royal Symphony drew barrier nine in the 16-starter field coming into eight if the emergency fails to run. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Dunn partners the Tony McEvoy-trained Domesday colt in Saturday’s capacity Group 1 $2 million Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) field, Royal Symphony bred and part-owned by Dunn’s wife.

There was a slight controversy ahead of the mile classic however when at Tuesday morning’s barrier draw, Dunn originally believed his mount had come up trumps with barrier six.

As it turned out, there was a line under the number and Royal Symphony officially drew nine, while the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Stan Fox Stakes winner Gold Standard is allocated barrier six.

Both could come in one position on Saturday however with this year’s Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas emergency Mighty Boss drawing barrier five.

Dunn rode last year’s Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet to victory from the inside alley and was also aboard All Too Hard (barrier three of eight) for success in the 2012 edition of the race.

Barrier nine hasn’t produced a Caulfield Guineas winner in over 30 years, but four champions (since 1986) have saluted from gate eight including Helmet (8 of 8 in 2011) and Shooting To Win (8 of 13 in 2014).

Royal Symphony has eased out slightly in Caulfield Guineas betting at race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au to $4 and is followed in the updated odds by the Godolphin-raced Kementari ($5).

One of two James Cummings-trained hopefuls in the race, Lonhro colt Kementari comes off a third in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) from October 1 where he finished one ahead of Royal Symphony.

Kementari is out in barrier 10 for the weekend’s rematch, while stablemate Sanctioned suffered a blow drawing the second outside alley coming into 15 of 16.

Since 2008 just one Caulfield Guineas winner, Press Statement (14 of 16 in 2015), has jumped from wider than barrier eight.

The other best in Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas betting this year is the Lindsay Park-trained filly Catchy ($5.50) who is drawn a treat in barrier three.

One of Dunn’s past winners All Too Hard (2012) was the last to salute from gate three, while Catchy is the first filly to line-up in a Caulfield Guineas field since 2007 looking to become just the sixth to salute over the boys and the first since Surround (1976).

Caulfield Guineas Prelude winner Perast ($9) is also under double-figures to salute again and do the double for the first time since Helmet (2011) after drawing gate two.

The inside alley, which produced Divine Prophet last spring and a further seven Caulfield Guineas champions (since 1983), belongs on Saturday to Showtime.

The Team Hawkes-trained Snitzel colt was last seen saluting over the mile under the lights at The Valley on September 29 in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) and now chases the double achieved by Whobegotyou (2008).

At the opposite end of the field in the widest alley is the Kiwi-trained Group 1 winner Summer Passage.

Check out the full Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas 2017 Field & Barriers below before heading to race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au for the latest odds on the classic.

2017 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Barrier Draw

Caulfield Racecourse – 14/10/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 234161×706 THE MISSION Paul Perry Beau Mertens (a) 11 56.5kg 97
2 2112×82 SUMMER PASSAGE Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Glen Boss 17 56.5kg 90
3 14x24x1477 AZAZEL Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 4 56.5kg 77
4 6x214x013 SIRCCONI Peter Morgan Ms Linda Meech 13 56.5kg 94
5 x4342x2151 SHOWTIME Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Oliver 1 56.5kg 84
6 111×14 ROYAL SYMPHONY Tony McEvoy Dwayne Dunn 9 56.5kg 85
7 21214 GOLD STANDARD Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 6 56.5kg 85
8 136×67371 PERAST Paul Perry Ben Melham 2 56.5kg 82
9 31×3224 SANCTIONED James Cummings Glyn Schofield 16 56.5kg
10 112×558 AL PASSEM Ken Keys Ben Thompson (a) 12 56.5kg 70
11 21×43 KEMENTARI James Cummings Damian Lane 10 56.5kg 72
12 2x26x1x225 ECLAIR SUNSHINE Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 14 56.5kg 68
13 12×22 SALSAMOR (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brad Rawiller 8 56.5kg 70
14 1×16 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Anthony Darmanin 7 56.5kg 68
15 4213 HOLY SNOW Mick Price Michael Dee 15 56.5kg 67
16 11110×213 CATCHY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 3 54.5kg 102
17e 0x1274 MIGHTY BOSS Mick Price Michael Walker 5 56.5kg 64

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