The barrier draw for this weekend’s featured Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington has been completed, confirming all sixteen runners and one emergency with starting alleys.
Clear favourite for success in the 2014 Victoria Derby after securing an impressive victory in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) last time out, Hampton Court will have to find an extra gear this weekend if to win from barrier 11.
Securing three race wins and two minor places from his nine competitive starts so far, Hampton Court has quickly built to the task this time in; overcoming a forgettable first-up run in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) when finishing third in the TAB Early Quaddie BM70 (1400m) and fourth in the Group 3 Newcastle Spring Stakes (1600m) before winning both the Listed Dulcify Quality (1600m) and Spring Champion Stakes most recently.
Confirmed to be partnered by jockey Kerrin McEvoy, trainer Gai Waterhouse is confident the Redoute’s Choice colt will settle in prime positon from the slightly wide-of-centre gate.
While also allocated a wide draw, last-start winner Moonovermanhattan is likely to receive an ideal run in transit in the 2014 Victoria Derby from barrier 12; one outside Hampton Court.
One of two Manhattan Rain colts confirmed in the Victoria Derby field alongside Light Up Manhattan (barrier 7), Moonovermanhattan has also quickly built to the task over five starts this time in; finishing fourth in the Listed Living Legends Stakes (1400m) on September 13th and second in the Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) on September 26th.
Running a credible seventh amongst top-level company in the featured Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11th, Moonovermanhattan completed an ideal lead-in to the 2014 Victoria Derby when charging home to win the Group 3 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) last weekend.
Aiming to become the fourth horse to complete the Vase/Derby double, Moonovermanhattan will be partnered by regular jockey Craig Newitt in the 2014 Victoria Derby.
Several outside chances of success are sure to firm in Victoria Derby betting markets following this afternoon’s barrier draw, namely Lotion and Gouldian who will leave from gates five and three respectively.
Claiming two wins and four minor places from his ten competitive appearances on course so far, Lotion secured a commendable race win in the Listed Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville on October 11th, but was disappointing when finishing 12th in the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) last time out.
A strong and largely consistent performance for Godolphin over his six start career to date, Gouldian finishing fourth in the Testa Rossa @ Vinery Handicap (1400m) first-up and fifth amongst classy competition in the More Than Ready Plate (1550m) on September 24th, and will carry winning form into the Victoria Derby after poking clear to claim the Shop With The TAB App Plate (1600m) last time out.
Danny O’Brien-trained Bondeiger’s chances of 2014 Victoria Derby success took at huge boost when allocated the ideal barrier 1 on Wednesday, while kiwi import The Mighty Jrod has been charged with the unenviable task of overcoming the wide and awkward barrier 17; likely to cut into sixteen when sole emergency runner Verreaux (barrier 14) is removed from the final field.
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2014 Victoria Derby Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2710×83411||HAMPTON COURT||Gai Waterhouse||Kerrin McEvoy||11||55.5kg||104|
|2||1×04271||MOONOVERMANHATTAN||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||12||55.5kg||92|
|3||13×5575180||PRENTICE||Simon Foster||Luke Nolen||8||55.5kg||73|
|4||23183||FIREHOUSE ROCK||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Nicholas Hall||10||55.5kg||74|
|5||5×1215||MAGICOOL||Mark Kavanagh||Glen Boss||16||55.5kg||78|
|6||3×15723010||LOTION||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||5||55.5kg||71|
|7||48×65311||NOZOMI||Anthony Freedman||Dwayne Dunn||13||55.5kg||71|
|8||623×6144||LIGHT UP MANHATTAN||Ciaron Maher||Mark Zahra||7||55.5kg||68|
|9||3×2117||BONDEIGER||Danny O’Brien||James Winks||1||55.5kg||70|
|10||x552x41024||ROYAL STANDING||Brent Stanley||Damian Lane||15||55.5kg||70|
|11||5222||ATMOSPHERE (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Joao Moreira||4||55.5kg||78|
|12||743×451||GOULDIAN||John O’Shea||James McDonald||3||55.5kg||66|
|13||732242||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||6||55.5kg||68|
|14||0798×427||CUBAN FIGHTER||Robbie Laing||–||9||55.5kg||61|
|15||158||SAN PADRE||Michael Kent||Tommy Berry||2||55.5kg||63|
|16||8×839024||THE MIGHTY JROD (NZ)||Robbie Laing||–||17||55.5kg||62|
|17e||5×8307||VERREAUX (NZ)||Mark Kavanagh||Blake Shinn||14||55.5kg||58|