Short priced favourite Redzel has drawn towards the outside of the field after the barriers were decided for the Group 1 $750,000 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington on Saturday.
A field of ten will contest the 1000m dash down the famous Flemington straight with Redzel from barrier nine likely to match strides in the early stages with the speedy Super Too who will jump from gate five with Stephen Baster in the saddle.
The Joe Pride trained Ball Of Muscle, with Craig Williams to ride, is also a rocket out of the barriers and will make sure that there is plenty of pressure on up front from barrier two.
Pride will also saddle up eight year old backmarker Terravista who will be looking for back to back wins in the Black Caviar Lightning after beating Spieth by a nose last year.
Mark Zahra takes the ride on the veteran sprinter who will jump from barrier four.
The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Redzel with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle again, is chasing his seventh win on the trot and will go into the Black Caviar Lightning as the one to beat after being crowned the nation’s number one sprinter following his feats during the 2017 Spring Carnival that include wins in the $10m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick and in the Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington.
The Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig has accepted with two runners in the Black Caviar Lightning, Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior and classy three year old filly Formality.
Redkirk Warrior has drawn barrier seven with Regan Bayliss to ride and the seven year old chestnut will wear the blinkers for the first time after impressing co-trainer David Hayes in a recent trial down the Flemington straight.
“He trialled brilliantly up the straight and he has got the addition of blinkers for the first time, with the older horses it can really give them a lift and his training suggests with them on he could go to another level,” Hayes told racing.com.
“He has got Redzel to beat, who is obviously a superstar, but if there is a horse in the field capable of an upset I think it is Redkirk Warrior.
“I think Redkirk Warrior at his best can test anything so hopefully I think he will do what I think he can do.”
Redkirk Warrior has won twice down the Flemington straight over 1200m when he was a first up winner in the Group 1 $1.25m Lexus Newmarket Handicap during the 2017 Melbourne Autumn Carnival and was then a first up winner in the Spring in the Group 2 $200,000 Bobbie Lewis Quality.
Dwayne Dunn has taken the ride on Formality who will jump from gate eight and will also being the blinkers for the first time.
Final Field for the 2018 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m)
|#||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2211x1111x||REDZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||9||58.5kg||116|
|2||20x100x02x||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||Mark Zahra||4||58.5kg||113|
|3||1196x1401x||HEY DOC||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||3||58.5kg||113|
|4||1x105x100x||REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||7||58.5kg||111|
|5||011x43765x||ROCK MAGIC||Chris Gangemi||Michael Dee||1||58.5kg||106|
|6||3394x2531x||BALL OF MUSCLE||Joseph Pride||Craig Williams||2||58.5kg||105|
|7||13x930x15x||SUPIDO||Michael Kent||Beau Mertens||10||58.5kg||103|
|8||2x1449729x||MISSROCK||Robbie Laing||Damien Oliver||6||56.5kg||104|
|9||1423x5112x||SUPER TOO||Marc Conners||Stephen Baster||5||56.5kg||95|
|10||302x11013x||FORMALITY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||8||53.5kg||102|