2015 Goodwood Handicap Final Field and Barrier Draw

May 13th, 2015

17 talented sprinters have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s featured Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville Racecourse, highlighted by the inclusion of several previous winners at the highest level of Australian racing.

Lucky Hussler has been confirmed in the 2015 The Goodwood final field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Lucky Hussler has been confirmed in the 2015 The Goodwood final field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Lucky Hussler broke through for a maiden victory at the highest level first-up this time but will need some luck in The Goodwood after drawing the somewhat awkward barrier 11.

Posting six wins and a further seven minors through his 27 career starts so far, Lucky Hussler has undoubtedly found career-best form since transferring to the care of Darren Weir following the 2014 winter; first seen via a strong win in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) and close second in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) in spring.

Having followed up his impressive first-up win in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) with a luckless sixth in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) on April 18th, the Husson gelding is sure to relish a step back in class and distance this weekend.

2014 champion Smokin’ Joey has found exceptional form this time and is positioned well for another competitive effort in barrier 8.

Ending a standout 2014 campaign with consecutive fourth place finishes in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in Perth, Smokin’ Joey placed fourth amongst classy competition in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) first-up this time.

Returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m), the Encosta De Lago gelding displayed an exceptional turn of foot late in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and finished a close second to Suavito.

Talented local Hucklebuck is yet to appear on course competitively this year but looks likely to jump clear favourite in the 2015 Goodwood Handicap after drawing the ideal barrier 3.

Also finding career-best form to date through the Spring Carnival, the son of Elvstroem won each of the Listed Durbridge Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Yellowglen Stakes (1400m) before repeating the dose in the Emirates Stakes.

Perth raider Black Heart Bart is treated particularly well in the weights and is sure to receive a good run in transit from barrier 7 and will be very tough to beat.

Unlucky to miss the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) through summer with a minor ailment, the Blackfriars gelding is undefeated in 2015 having won each of the Listed Summer Scorcher (1000m), Listed Cyril Flower Stakes (1200m), Listed Pinjarra Classic (1300m) and Listed Bunbury Stakes (1400m).

Having carried 60.5kgs to success in his most recent start, trainer Vaughn Sigley is thrilled with the condition of his stable star and is confident he will lay a great account for himself.

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2015 The Goodwood Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 18x46x111x HUCKLEBUCK Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 3 58.5kg 110
2 0x32212x16 LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Glen Boss 11 58.5kg 110
3 577444124x SMOKIN’ JOEY Wez Hunter Chris Parnham 8 58.5kg 107
4 107643×230 FLAMBERGE Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 16 56.5kg 102
5 x583536x21 THERMAL CURRENT Peter G Moody Ben Melham 4 56.5kg 94
6 44×4227042 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 15 56kg 106
7 31275×1222 RIZIZ Ken Sweeney Paul Gatt 9 56kg 105
8 513477×616 DAYTONA GREY Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Clare Lindop 14 56kg 94
9 241121111x BLACK HEART BART Vaughn Sigley Glenn Smith 7 55.5kg 108
10 313212×212 UNDER THE LOUVRE Robert Smerdon Mark Zahra 5 55.5kg 104
11 3667121749 IT IS WRITTEN Robbie Griffiths Matthew Allen 1 55.5kg 101
12 x11650x232 GREGERS David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Craig Williams 6 55kg 106
13 44571x3x16 POLITENESS Robert Smerdon 13 54.5kg 101
14 2128×41204 LIGHT IT UP Ryan Balfour 2 54.5kg 84
15 31316×12 YESTERDAY’S SONGS Michael Moroney 12 54.5kg 78
16 114441×427 VAIN QUEEN John Sadler Ms Katelyn Mallyon (a) 10 54kg 104
17 149×252702 TUDOR Doug Harrison Dean Yendall 17 53kg 80