2014 Victoria Derby Barrier Draw Released

October 29th, 2014

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.

Outright favourite Hampton Court will leave from barrier 11 in the 2014 Victoria Derby. Photo: Steve Hart

Outright favourite Hampton Court will leave from barrier 11 in the 2014 Victoria Derby. Photo: Steve Hart

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