2016 Victoria Handicap Field and Barrier Draw

March 23rd, 2016

A talented and capacity field of sixteen has been confirmed for Saturday’s 2016 Victoria Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse, highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Autumn Carnival’s most exciting racehorses.

Red Bomber is one of three for David Hayes and Tom Dabernig in the 2016 Victoria Handicap field. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Red Bomber is one of three for David Hayes and Tom Dabernig in the 2016 Victoria Handicap field. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Black Heart Bart stormed home to finish a close second in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) last time and will be tough to beat in the 2016 Victoria Handicap.

Posting an impressive career total of ten wins and nine minors through twenty-seven competitive starts, Black Heart Bart began his racing career under the guidance of notable Perth trainer Vaughn Sigley in 2013 but has be transferred to the care of Darren Weir for his 2015 campaign.

Resuming in summer for success in the Listed Birthday Stakes (1200m), the Blackfriars gelding repeated the dose in each of the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1420m) and Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) before running on for fourth in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 21st.

Running ninth in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 5th, Black Heart Bart ended his west coast tenure a close second in the Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m).

Brad Rawiller has been confirmed to take the ride on Black Hart Bart from the central barrier 8 in the 2016 Victoria Handicap.

David Hayes and Tom Dabernig will launch a three-pronged attack in the feature race after confirming all of Red Bomber, Guest Of Honour and Petrology in the 2016 Victoria Handicap field.

Red Bomber has secured ten wins and three minors through nineteen career starts so far, and will line up for only his second start for the Euroa outfit after winning the Group 3 TAB Rewards Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago.

Guest Of Honour is yet to find peak condition through two preparations for Hayes and Dabernig but has reportedly trained well in the lead-up to his competitive return in the Victoria Handicap.

Petrology failed to make anything of an impact in spring, but resumed this time for a credible sixth in the Listed My Kitchen Rules Stakes (1400m) at Flemington a fortnight ago.

Popular veteran Sertorius laid a typically great account for himself in spring and has been confirmed to resume in the 2016 Victoria Handicap from the wide and somewhat awkward barrier 15.

Posting ten wins and fourteen minors through his 43 career starts so far, Sertorius capped a short autumn campaign with success in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m); resuming in spring for tenth in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m).

Continuing to improve through his next few starts, the Galileo gelding placed sixth in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) before running an impressive 12th in the talent-rich Melbourne Cup (3200m) most notably.

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2016 Victoria Handicap Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 0x111492x2 BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 8 58.5kg 107
2 15x5311x60 ECLAIR CHOICE Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 2 57.5kg 105
3 1111541×96 CHARMED HARMONY John Sadler Thomas Sadler (a) 4 57kg 104
4 0111x76x01 RED BOMBER David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Nicholas Hall 12 57kg 104
5 21x006904x SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards Chris Symons 15 55kg 100
6 029×342281 TRIED AND TIRED Leon & Troy Corstens Mark Zahra 10 55kg 100
7 485044106x DESERT JEUNEY Nigel Blackiston Luke Currie 13 54kg 98
8 Px570x070x GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Harry Coffey (a) 7 54kg 97
9 13x43175x3 CORONATION SHALLAN Brett Scott Daniel Stackhouse 3 54kg 95
10 39x1611x64 JIMANDO Tony McEvoy Stephen Baster 9 54kg 93
11 71x389x842 YESTERDAY’S SONGS Michael Moroney James Winks 11 54kg 93
12 90x38907x6 PETROLOGY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Regan Bayliss (a) 14 54kg 91
13 x646531x94 ZEBRINZ Leon & Troy Corstens Patrick Moloney 5 54kg 90
14 1311x9018x ARALDO JUNIOR (GER) Michael Moroney Ryan Maloney 1 54kg 89
15 36x103438x LUCKY LAGO Lee & Anthony Freedman Glen Boss 6 54kg 89
16 168×172752 WHISTLE BABY Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ms Katelyn Mallyon 16 54kg 89