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Queensland trained gallopers Hopfgarten, Crack Me Up and Someday have had mixed results with the barrier draw for the Group 2 $250,000 Inglis Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Hopfgarten, above, has drawn a wide barrier in the Villiers Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Hopfgarten, above, has drawn a wide barrier in the Villiers Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Daniel Costello.

The Liam Birchley trained Crack Me Up received the best news after drawing barrier two in the final fifteen horse Villiers Stakes field while Robert Heathcote’s Hopfgarten has drawn one from the outside at fourteen.

Someday from the Desleigh Forster stable has drawn slightly worse than midfield at gate ten.

Crack Me Up and Hopfgarten have been sparing against each other over the Brisbane Summer Carnival with the results being reversed at their last two meetings.

Crack Me Up was able to win the Listed $100,000 Recognition Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on November 25 with Hopfgarten filling third spot while in the Listed $100,000 Brisbane Handicap (1600m) at Doomben last Saturday Hopfgarten finished second to Cantbuybetter with Crack Me Up a half length behind in fourth position.

Both gallopers will have a change of rider in the Villiers Stakes with Jason Collett replacing Matt McGillivray on Crack Me Up and Christian Reith taking over from Ron Stewart on Hopfgarten.

Someday has been struggling to find some good form and is coming off a last start seventh in a 1350m 1MW Handicap at Doomben last Saturday.

The in-form James Cummings trained Interlocuter has drawn nicely at barrier four with Tye Angland in the saddle again.

Interlocuter is the winner of five of his last six starts with Angland in the saddle on every occasion and made it a hat trick of wins this campaign with a last start victory in $100,000 November Topaz (1900m) at Rosehill on November 18.

The Gary Portelli trained Testashadow has found winning form at the right time and goes into the Villiers Stakes on the back of a win in the Group 3 $150,000 Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on December 2.

Ben Melham takes over the reins on Testashadow from Festival Stakes winning jockey Jason Collett.

The Bjorn Baker trained Embley (Josh Adams) has drawn the rails while Dark Eyes (Adam Hyeronimus) from the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable will jump from the extreme outside gate in the fifteen horse field.

Final field for the 2017 Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m)

# Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 9763415041 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Jay Ford 11 59kg 108
2 55×4278053 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 5 58kg 106
3 x2908x1632 HOPFGARTEN Robert Heathcote Christian Reith 14 57kg 104
4 1633030×71 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Ben Melham 8 57kg 104
5 2x2111x118 CABEZA DE VACA Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joshua Parr 12 55kg 100
6 864×722744 MIGHTY LUCKY Fred Cowell Chris O’Brien 7 55kg 100
7 x40211x214 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Liam Birchley Jason Collett 2 54.5kg 99
8 4x211x2111 INTERLOCUTER (USA) James Cummings Tye Angland 4 54.5kg 99
9 1105×75361 DARK EYES Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 15 54kg 98
10 6791127434 EMBLEY Bjorn Baker Josh Adams 1 54kg 98
11 10x3x128x2 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 13 54kg 98
12 x63773x536 FEDERAL James Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 6 53kg 96
13 73x6276x42 GOD’S IN HIM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins (a) 3 53kg 93
14 7×05148497 SOMEDAY Desleigh Forster 10 53kg 91
15 6x3941x065 SALSONIC Jason Coyle Peter Wells 9 53kg 89

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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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