A capacity field of Stradbroke Handicap hopefuls...
Late entry The Velvet King was out of luck in the barrier draw for the 2018 Group 2 $500,000 Sky Racing W.A. Guineas (1600m) at Ascot in Perth on Saturday.
The Velvet King was added into the W.A. Guineas mix when connections paid the $11,000 late entry fee after the Darren McAuliffe trained three year old scored a comprehensive win in the Listed $100,000 Fairetha Stakes (1400m) at Ascot in Perth on November 10.
The Velvet King raced on the pace in the Fairetha Stakes after jumping from barrier one, but the gelding won’t get it that easy in the W.A. Guineas after drawing barrier fifteen in the final sixteen horse field plus two emergencies.
Only one of the emergencies, Regal Power, has drawn inside of The Velvet King, and if both reserves fail to gain a start, he will jump from gate fourteen with Mitchell Pateman back in the saddle.
Lightly raced filly Arcadia Queen is set to back up in the W.A. Guineas after winning the Group 3 $200,000 W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) at Ascot last Saturday at only her fourth race start.
Arcadia Queen has drawn nicely at barrier three with Perth’s leading jockey William Pike replacing Chris Parnham.
“We’ll enter her in the Guineas,” owner Bob Peters said after Arcadia Queen’s win in the W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes.
“She’ll probably go to that and William Pike will ride her.”
Junipal is coming off a last start second in the Listed $150,000 TCL TV Stakes (1800m) at Flemington on November 8 while Orcein is tackling tougher opposition after a second in an 1800m BenchMark 70 Handicap at Randwick on Melbourne Cup Day.
Betting for the W.A. Guineas at Ladbrokes.com.au has Arcadia Queen as the $3.50 favourite ahead of The Velvet King at $5.50 and Junipal at $8.
2018 W.A. Guineas betting at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.50 Arcadia Queen, $5.50 The Velvet King, $8 Junipal, $11 Lady Cosmology, Orcein, $12 Lordhelpmerun, $15 Black Sabbath, Platoon, $16 Regal Power, Ulusaba, $18 Blackwood River, True Defender, True Attraction, $26 Flirtini, $81 Fingermark, The Fugazi, $101 Regal Counsel, Zetorio.
Final field of the 2018 W.A. Guineas (1600m)
|1||LORDHELPMERUN||9||56.5||m79||SHAUN MC GRUDDY||STEVE WOLFE|
|2||THE VELVET KING||15||56.5||m75||MITCHELL PATEMAN||DARREN MC AULIFFE|
|3||BLACK SABBATH||17||56.5||m73||JASON BROWN||ROBERT & TODD HARVEY|
|4||ORCEIN||10||56.5||m64||CRAIG WILLIAMS||CHRIS WALLER|
|5||PLATOON||18||56.5||m66||STEVEN PARNHAM||NEVILLE PARNHAM|
|6||BLACKWOOD RIVER||7||56.5||m67||JARRAD NOSKE||STEPHEN MILLER|
|7||ULUSABA||1||56.5||m66||DAMIAN LANE||GAI WATERHOUSE & A. BOTT|
|8||TRUE DEFENDER||2||56.5||m66||CRAIG NEWITT||GRANT & ALANA WILLIAMS|
|9||TRUE ATTRACTION||5||56.5||m66||PETER HALL||GRANT & ALANA WILLIAMS|
|10||JUNIPAL||6||56.5||m68||BEN ALLEN||DARREN WEIR|
|11||REGAL COUNSEL||14||56.5||m62||GLENN SMITH||TREVOR ANDREWS|
|12||FINGERMARK||4||56.5||m63||BEN MELHAM||NEVILLE PARNHAM|
|13||ZETORIO||12||56.5||m65||JASON WHITING||ROY ROGERS|
|14||LADY COSMOLOGY||13||54.5||m78||PAUL HARVEY||SIMON A. MILLER|
|15||ARCADIA QUEEN||3||54.5||m78||WILLIAM PIKE||GRANT & ALANA WILLIAMS|
|16||FLIRTINI||8||54.5||m66||LUCY WARWICK||SIMON A. MILLER|
|17||THE FUGAZI||16||56.5||m63||SHAUN O’DONNELL||CHRIS GANGEMI|
|18||REGAL POWER||11||56.5||m62||–||GRANT & ALANA WILLIAMS|
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