Australian Guineas final field and barrier draw - wide gates for favoured duo

  • Palentino (2016) and Mosheen (2012) won from outside gates.
  • CS Hayes Stakes has produced the last three winners.
Damien Oliver riding Grunt defeats John Allen riding Cliffs Edge in the CS Hayes Stakes

A capacity field of 16 plus two emergencies has been declared for Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington. 

Darren Weir’s Cliff’s Edge has been installed the $4.60 favourite and has drawn barrier 16 while the Mick Price-trained Grunt, who is on the second line of betting at $6, has also drawn wide in gate 17.

Grunt finished powerfully in the CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) to upset Cliff’s Edge last start but now meets him at level weights after carrying 3.5kg less last time. 

Grunt’s stablemate Holy Snow has also drawn wide in gate 14 following his impressive victory in the Autumn Stakes (1400m).

Tony McEvoy claimed victory in the Australian Guineas in 2017 with Hey Doc from barrier 1 and will be looking to go back-to-back with Bring Me Roses who has also come up with the inside gate and comes off a fast-finishing 2nd place in the Vanity Stakes (1400m).

Aaron Purcell will saddle up three top chances in the race with Black Sail (barrier 3) and Villermont (7) drawing ideally while classy filly Aloisia came up with barrier 13.

2018 Australian Guineas field and barriers:

1. MIGHTY BOSS Mick Price - Michael Walker (2) 56.5kg
2. CLIFF’S EDGE Darren Weir - John Allen (16) 56.5kg
3. EMBELLISH (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards - Opie Bosson (9) 56.5kg
4. LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis - Ben Melham (10) 56.5kg
5. MURAAQEB David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - Damian Lane (15) 56.5kg
6. VILLERMONT Aaron Purcell - Luke Nolen (7) 56.5kg
7. MAIN STAGE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young - Regan Bayliss (5) 56.5kg
8. ADDICTIVE NATURE Bjorn Baker - Craig Williams (8) 56.5kg
9. HOLY SNOW Mick Price - Michael Dee (14) 56.5kg
10. SALSAMOR (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young - Jordan Childs (12) 56.5kg
11. GRUNT (NZ) Mick Price - Damien Oliver (17) 56.5kg
12. BLACK SAIL (NZ) Aaron Purcell - Ben Thompson (a) (3) 56.5kg
13. PEACEFUL STATE Darren Weir - Brad Rawiller (11) 56.5kg
14. MR SO AND SO Anthony Freedman - Beau Mertens (6) 56.5kg
15. ALOISIA (NZ) Aaron Purcell - Mark Zahra (13) 54.5kg
16. BRING ME ROSES Tony McEvoy - Luke Currie (1) 54.5kg
17e. PARET Chris Waller - Craig Newitt (18) 56.5kg
18e. MAHALANGUR (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes - Dwayne Dunn (4) 56.5kg

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