Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir will saddle up top weight Lucky Hussler in the Group 1 $1m Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Lucky Hussler has drawn barrier three in the capacity field of sixteen with Glen Boss retaining the ride on the six year old who has been burdened with 58kg.
Boss has been the regular rider for Lucky Hussler for the last twelve months and has collected two Group 1 wins on the Husson gelding in the $400,000 Brown Baldwin William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival earlier in the year and in the Group 1 $400,000 David Jones NBCF Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield two runs back.
At his latest run, Lucky Hussler with Boss on board, ran third to Turn Me Loose in the Group 2 $200,000 Schweppes Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley on October 24.
Weir will also saddle up May’s Dream who has drawn the outside of the field at sixteen with Chris Parnham getting the ride.
Kiwi trainer Murray Baker’s improved galloper Turn Me Loose is going around in the Emirates Sakes after scoring at his last two runs in Australia.
The Iffraaj four year old took out the Listed $150,000 Darley Seymour Cup (1600m) at Seymour on October 18 and followed that up with a win in the Group 2 $200,000 Schweppes Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley on October 25.
Kerrin McEvoy takes over from Opie Bosson on Turn Me Loose who will jump from barrier eleven.
European raiders Arod and Magic Artist are chasing a win on Australian soil before back home and have had mixed luck at the barrier draw for the Emirates Stakes.
English galloper Arod has drawn gate fifteen and is coming off an eleventh to Winx in the Group 1 $3m Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 24 with Craig Williams retaining the ride while German galloper Magic Artist is backing up after running fourth to Gailo Chop in the Group 1 $1m Longines Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington last Saturday.
Blake Shinn takes over from Brenton Avdulla on Magic Artist who drew favourably at gate five.
Chris Waller will have two runners in the Emirates Stakes with Moriarty and Amovatio.
Moriarty has drawn the rails with Glyn Schofield to ride while Amovatio came up with barrier seven with James Winks in the saddle.
Robert Smerdon’s in-form mare Politeness is looking to claim two Group 1 wins over the four day Melbourne Cup carnival after beating Fenway in the Group 1 $500,000 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Derby Day last Saturday.
Politeness, the winner of her last three starts, has drawn barrier eight and will be ridden by Craig Newitt on Saturday, replacing Dwayne Dunn who is riding Messene (barrier 4) for Team Hawkes.
Damien Oliver will be riding the Lee and Anthony Freedman trained Disposition (barrier 9) who was back in the winner’s circle last Saturday beating San Diego in the Group 3 $200,000 Guvera Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.
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