Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes final field and barrier draw - outside gate for Bonneval

  • Wide gates have poor record in this race.
  • Bonneval faces her toughest test.
Damian Lane riding Bonneval

In-form mare Bonneval has come up with the outside gate in a field of 11 in Saturday’s Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

Other top mare, Winx and Atlantic Jewel, won from outside gates – albeit in a field of three and five respectively – but you have to go back to 1985 to find a winner that jumped from a gate wider than nine when Tristarc won from barrier 12.

Bonneval will no doubt face her toughest test to date as she looks to extend her winning streak to seven in a row.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained mare will be ridden by Damian Lane who steered her to victory in the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) before Hugh Bowman took over in the Underwood Stakes (1800m).

The Underwood has been a great guide to the Caulfield Stakes in recent times with six winners coming from that race in the past 11 years.

Underwood runner-up Hartnell has drawn in barrier 7, while Tony McEvoy’s import Calderon, Bonneval’s stablemate Jon Snow and the Mick Kent-trained Abbey Marie have also drawn wide in gates 8, 9 and 10 respectively.

Aidan O’Brien’s pair, Johannes Vermeer and The Taj Mahal, have fared better in barriers 6 and 2, while the other international raider, Riven Light, is between that pair in gate 4.

Nick Olive’s mare, Single Gaze, has drawn the inside gate and will be backing up next week in the Caulfield Cup, while Gailo Chop makes up the remainder of the field from barrier 5.

2017 Caulfield Stakes field and barriers:

1. HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings - Glyn Schofield (7) 59kg
2. GAILO CHOP (FR) Darren Weir - Mark Zahra (5) 59kg
3. JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) Aidan O'Brien - Ms Katelyn Mallyon (6) 59kg
4. RIVEN LIGHT (IRE) William Mullins - Glen Boss (4) 59kg
5. CALDERON (IRE) Tony McEvoy - Luke Currie (8) 59kg
6. JON SNOW (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman - Stephen Baster (9) 58kg
7. INFERENCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes - Dwayne Dunn (3) 58kg
8. SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive - Ms Kathy O'Hara (1) 57kg
9. ABBEY MARIE Michael Kent - Beau Mertens (a) (10) 57kg
10. THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Aidan O'Brien - Damien Oliver (2) 56.5kg
11. BONNEVAL (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman - Damian Lane (11) 56kg


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Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes final field and barrier draw - outside gate for Bonneval

In-form mare Bonneval has come up with the outside gate in a field of 11 in Saturday’s Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

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