2019 Melbourne Cup Field to Feature Lexus Hotham Stakes Winner Downdraft

November 2, 2019

2019 Melbourne Cup Field to Feature Lexus Hotham Stakes Winner Downdraft

The latest piece in the Melbourne Cup 2019 field puzzle fit into place following the 2019 Lexus Hotham Stakes results with the Joseph O’Brien-trained raider Downdraft blowing away his rivals on Derby Day at Flemington.

Downdraft. Photo: Steve Hart.

Downdraft is the fourth Joseph O’Brien-trained Melbourne Cup 2019 horse after his Lexus Hotham Stakes win. Photo: Steve Hart.

Offering a ballot free ride into next Tuesday’s iconic Group 1 $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m), Camelot stallion Downdraft was far too dominant for his rivals in this year’s Group 3 $300,000 Lexus Hotham Stakes (2500m).

The five-year-old was right on the cusp of a Melbourne Cup run sitting 24th on the order of entry before his powerhouse victory over Carif (2nd) and Azuro (3rd) second-up down under.

O’Brien won the ‘Loving Trophy’ two years ago with Rekindling and has a likely four-horse contingent heading towards the 2019 Melbourne Cup field.

The Irish horseman has the option to accept with Master Of Reality, Latrobe, Twilight Payment and Downdraft who are all safely inside the top 24 in the Melbourne Cup ballot.

During his three-year-old season in Europe Downdraft raced in plenty of top-level races but didn’t really come into his own until recent times.

With all the makings of a star stayer, he only broke his maiden status in July and debuted down under on Cox Plate Day when third in last Saturday’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m).

On the seven-day turnaround he was in winning form with John Allen in the saddle again on 59kg in the Lexus Hotham Stakes.

Allen had Downdraft settled-up on the pace in the Lexus Hotham Stakes with Haky pushing forward midrace to control the tempo up front.

Downdraft meanwhile was tracking fourth the inside before getting up on the inside 400m out from the line to sprint away, bolt home and secure his Melbourne Cup run.

It was a good strong win with the international travelling well into the race and relishing the Soft (7) track.

“We’ve outrun them today,” Allen said post-win.

“He’ll be in with a right chance hopefully.

“He seems to have a great attitude.”

Downdraft will be on another quick back-up racing for the third time in nine days in the two-mile classic where he will enjoy a notable drop back in weight.

“I believe Joseph was pretty confident he could handle it [the back-up],” Allen added.

“He never looked like getting beaten today.

“The run last Saturday was more like a piece of work to him.”

Currently Downdraft is allocated 53.5kg in the Melbourne Cup weights and will remain on that weight becoming the ninth Lexus Stakes winner from the 13 since the clause was introduced in 2007 to escape a weight penalty.

Shocking (2009) was the last horse to complete the Lexus Stakes – Melbourne Cup double, while last year’s Lexus Hotham Stakes winner Prince Of Arran ran a nice third in the ‘race that stops a nation’.

OTI Racing’s Terry Henderson was also confident the team had a livewire Melbourne Cup hope with Downdraft displaying the kind of tenacity needed for the quick turnaround and step-up in distance.

“Really delighted,” he said.

“It’s just a great thrill for all the owners and the stable.

“He’s not a particularly strong looking horse, but inside he’s got great determination.

“[O’Brien] was confident that if he ran well today he could back-up.”

Downdraft has firmed in from $34 to $17 in the latest all-in Melbourne Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of final acceptances closing this afternoon.

2019 Lexus Hotham Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight
1 1 DOWNDRAFT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien John Allen 1 59kg $5.50F
2 13 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Jamie Kah 1.5L 4 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $9.50
3 10 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Yendall 5.5L 5 54.5kg $9.50
4 7 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Dwayne Dunn 6.75L 8 57.5kg $9.50
5 8 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Mark Zahra 7.75L 3 57.5kg $6
6 4 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9.75L 10 57.5kg $7
7 11 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 10.5L 2 54kg $14
8 3 HAKY (IRE) John Hammond Ms Linda Meech 10.7L 9 57.5kg $8
9 12 VALAC (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 22.7L 7 54kg $26
10 6 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 28.7L 6 57.5kg $9.50
9 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Damien Oliver 0
2 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney James Winks 0
5 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 0

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Sandown Guineas 2020 Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field & Odds Update: Avilius Firming Favourite

Despite a last start failure in the Melbourne Cup the Godolphin-raced Avilius...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oli...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oliver Rides Sixth Winner on Personal

Jockey Damien Oliver celebrated his sixth success in the 162nd running of the...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020:...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020: Personal Wins The Oaks

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day continues the racing action of the Melbourne Cup...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Fleming...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

Day 3 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place at Flemington Racecourse...

Horse Racing Today

2021 Caloundra Cup Day Abandon...

America’s Breeders’...

America’s Breeders’ Cup Calls WJ Healy 2021 Winner Away Game

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Away Game was back in winning...

2021 Tattersall’s Tiara ...

2021 Tattersall’s Tiara Results: Tofane and Williams Win Again

The decision by star hoop Craig Williams to remain in Queensland aboard the...

Incentivise New Melbourne Cup ...

Incentivise New Melbourne Cup Favourite After 12 Length Tatt’s Cup Win

In his last run for trainer Steve Tregea, outstanding stayer Incentivise shot...

2021 Tattersall’s Tiara ...

2021 Tattersall’s Tiara Day: Eagle Farm Scratchings & Track Report

The action of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival and Group 1 racing for the...

Race Results

America’s Breeders’ Cup Calls WJ Healy 2021 Winner Away Game

2021 Tattersall’s Tiara Results: Tofane and Williams Win Again

Incentivise New Melbourne Cup Favourite After 12 Length Tatt’s Cup Win

2021 Stradbroke Handicap Results: Tofane Upsets Vega One, Signore Fox Third

2021 J.J. Atkins Results: Converge Scores Third Win for Gai Waterhouse

Race Previews

Sunday’s Updated 2021 Winx Guineas Field & Odds

Stockman Odds-On In Updated 2021 Caloundra Cup Field & Betting

Grafton Cup 2021 Field & Betting: Punters After Purrfect Deal

2021 Ramornie Handicap Field & Odds: Gold Coast’s Phobetor Favourite

2021 Caloundra Cup Day Rescheduled: Winx Guineas Run This Sunday

Fields & Form

Sunday’s Updated 2021 Winx Guineas Field & Odds

Stockman Odds-On In Updated 2021 Caloundra Cup Field & Betting

Grafton Cup 2021 Field & Betting: Punters After Purrfect Deal

2021 Ramornie Handicap Field & Odds: Gold Coast’s Phobetor Favourite

Punters Take Stock in Caloundra Cup 2021 Field & Odds