2020 Victory Stakes Field: Kementari Draws Barrier 13 of 16

May 20, 2020

2020 Victory Stakes Field: Kementari Draws Barrier 13 of 16

The Godolphin-raced Group 1 winner Kementari suffered an early blow in his bid to return to winning form with the galloper drawing wide out in barrier 13 of 16 for Saturday’s Victory Stakes 2020 in Brisbane.

Kementari (photo: Steve Hart). Races.com.au

Kementari has a wide barrier to overcome in the 2020 Victory Stakes field at Eagle Farm this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

A smart 16-horse field faces off in this season’s Group 2 $175,000 Victory Stakes (1200m) taking place later than it’s traditional April timeslot and running at Eagle Farm as a set weights plus penalties event (usually weight-for-age) this weekend as part of a reduced Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

Of the potential 2020 Stradbroke Handicap-bound horses in the mix, four are currently under double-figures to win in the post-acceptances Victory Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

One of those is the James Cummings-trained equal topweight Kementari, the Lonhro five-year-old racing fourth-up off a year long break and chasing his first victory since the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in March of 2018.

He may have work to do from out in barrier 13, but the bookies are taking no chances on the $1.9 million earner with Kementari at Victory Stakes odds of $5 on the back of his brave lead-up run at Doomben.

A multiple Group 1 placegetter since taking out the Randwick Guineas as a three-year-old, the horse was last seen running only a length back fifth in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1200m) and on Saturday comes back from 61kg to 58kg.

Sitting just ahead of Kementari as the narrow $4.60 Victory Stakes favourite this season is the Tony Gollan-trained local Vega One drawn well midfield in barrier nine.

Veteran hoop Jim Byrne partners the progressive Lope De Vega four-year-old for the first time on the weekend replacing apprentice Baylee Nothdurft who has ridden Vega One for the horse’s two lead-up fourths this prep.

Winner of the $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) at the Gold Coast in January, Vega One carried a big weight (62kg) when only a length beaten fresh at the Sunshine Coast on ANZAC Day before the nice fourth in the BRC Sprint.

He is two-from-three at the Eagle Farm track and presents fit third-up for his Group 2 test.

Stablemate Outback Barbie is the $6.50 third elect to win the Victory Stakes despite her Eagle Farm hoodoo, Gollan’s Magic Millions QTIS winning Spirt Of Boom mare chasing her first top three finish at start number five at the track.

She too is a BRC Sprint graduate when three-quarters back third first-up with Byrne aboard and in a jockey-swap will be ridden by Nothdurft with just 54.5kg in the Victory Stakes fitter for her last start.

Early Victory Stakes market mover Deep Image ($8.50) rounds out the single-figure fancies in gate 12 for trainer Robert Heathcote, while the BRC Sprint winner Tambo’s Mate rising in weight to 57kg is at $14 to do the double.

“We will meet just about every runner in Saturday’s race better at the weights in the Stradbroke,” Tambo’s Mate’s trainer Stuart Kendrick told AAP speaking of the horse’s 51kg light weight for the Group 1 next month.

“If he runs well on Saturday it will give us real confidence for the Stradbroke.

“My bloke is unbeaten at 1200m at Eagle Farm and hopefully the track will play truly for its return on Saturday.”

The Victory Stakes winner earns a ballot free ride into the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) back at the track on June 6 and six in the field need to win to make the Stradbroke field including Deep Image (34th on the ballot).

Click here for the latest Victory Stakes 2020 betting markets on the final field courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Victory Stakes Field & Barriers

No Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 439x27x335 KEMENTARI James Cummings Ryan Maloney 13 58kg 110
2 17x16300x9 SESAR Kacy Fogden Jag Guthmann-Chester 1 58kg 101
3 2x86436x77 TYZONE Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 16 57kg 104
4 211213×421 TAMBO’S MATE Stuart Kendrick Matthew McGillivray 6 57kg 101
5 33x413494x CHAPTER AND VERSE Desleigh Forster Michael Cahill 14 57kg 96
6 022x81412x NICCANOVA Steve Tregea James Orman 10 56.5kg 106
7 3x2814x2x0 VICTOREM Jenny Graham Mark Du Plessis 4 56.5kg 105
8 91x8211x44 VEGA ONE Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 9 56.5kg 102
9 71x1515x08 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Larry Cassidy 5 56.5kg 97
10 8×77182624 MISS FABULASS Kris Lees Andrew Mallyon 3 56kg 103
11 1213115×82 DEEP IMAGE Robert Heathcote Ms Stephanie Thornton 12 56kg 102
12 30x07x25x4 WINTER BRIDE Toby & Trent Edmonds Brad Stewart 11 55.5kg 105
13 2×04146211 FREDDIE FOX TROT Les Kelly Sean Cormack 2 55kg 99
14 x211232x11 SOXAGON Mark Currie  TBA 8 55kg 88
15 700x1281x3 OUTBACK BARBIE Tony Gollan Baylee Nothdurft (a) 7 54.5kg 104
16 1130×2005 FREE OF DEBT Chris Bieg Justin Huxtable (a) 15 53.5kg 85

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