Doncaster Mile favourite Messene gets horror barrier draw

Doncaster Mile favourite Messene has to overcome a horror barrier draw if he is to win his first Group 1 race at Randwick on Saturday.

Messene has come up with a horror barrier draw in the Doncaster Mile.

Messene has come up with a horror barrier draw in the Doncaster Mile. Photo by Steve Hart.

The lightly weighted Messene with Corey Brown to ride has won his last seven starts as he heads towards the Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m).

Brown takes over from James McDonald who has been aboard the Team Hawkes trained five year old at his last three starts.

Messene hasn’t raced since winning the Group 2 $175,000 Hyland Race Colours Ajax Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 22 but co-trainer Wayne Hawkes took the gelding to Randwick for barrier trial last Friday to keep up to the mark for Saturday.

“I was at the Randwick trials on Friday with Messene and he was against Lankan Rupee and Snitzerland and he just sat behind them and did what he had to do,” Hawkes told Racing Ahead.

“It was more about just putting him on the float and giving him a little bit of a blowout.

“He has had three weeks between runs and he has only had two runs in two stakes races and won them both very impressively.”

McDonald, who won the Group 1 $3.5m Tooheys New Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill last Saturday on the Hawkes trained Mossfun will ride Dear Demi for Clarry Connors and will jump from gate two.

Topweight Boban also came up with a horror draw of nineteen but will jump from seventeen if the two emergencies don’t get a run.

The rest of Chris Waller’s six runners came up with a mixed bag with last year’s Australian Oaks winner Royal Descent also coming up with a wide gate at twenty while last year’s Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Falls faired a little better at fourteen.

Waller’s Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur will jump from gate eight with Jim Cassidy, My Kingdom Of Fife with Craig Newitt has seven while last Saturday’s Doncaster Prelude winner Weary should get a reasonable run from barrier thirteen with Tommy Berry to ride.

Glen Boss will have to be at his brilliant best after his mount El Roca came up with gate seventeen, but will jump from fifteen, while the Peter Moody trained Dissident is certain to get a good from barrier eleven with Brenton Avdulla taking over from Jim Cassidy.

2014 Doncaster Mile Field And Barrier Draw

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 11111×5417 BOBAN Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 19 58kg 114
2 1112x21x00 MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 7 57kg 112
3 32x212x566 STREAMA Guy Walter Hugh Bowman 21 56.5kg 115
4 1x47835x44 SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller Zac Purton 14 56.5kg 111
5 714570×634 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 8 56kg 110
6 x51316x855 TOYDINI Guy Walter Blake Shinn 3 56kg 110
7 14423×6272 SPEEDINESS Colin Scott Damien Oliver 1 55.5kg 109
8 12x2011x17 MOURO (USA) Tony McEvoy Luke Nolen 5 55kg 108
9 1x23205x45 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 20 54kg 110
10 x848113155 MONTON Ron Quinton Sam Clipperton (a) 4 54kg 106
11 x738320x30 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners James McDonald 2 53.5kg 109
12 x00x80x310 FAT AL Peter G Moody 15 53kg inc. 1.0kg Penalty 102
13 0x614143x3 SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees Joao Moreira 22 52.5kg 103
14 462x6983x0 HANA’S GOAL (JPN) Kazuhiro Kato Kyosuke Maruta 16 52kg 106
15 225x13x719 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody Chad Schofield 6 52kg 102
16 22264×2116 DISSIDENT Peter G Moody Brenton Avdulla 11 51.5kg 101
17 2111x11x11 MESSENE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Corey Brown 18 51.5kg 97
18 1125×1223 EL ROCA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Glen Boss 17 51.5kg 92
19 x6x244x321 WEARY (FR) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 13 51.5kg 89
20 5x52101x38 NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Craig Williams 12 51.5kg 100
21e 165640×534 MALAVIO Steve Englebrecht 9 51.5kg 101
22e 376154×249 GYPSY DIAMOND John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 10 51.5kg 91

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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