2016 Memsie Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

August 24th, 2016

Fourteen runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of several previous winners at the highest level of racing.

Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance has been confirmed in the 2016 Memsie Stakes field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance has been confirmed in the 2016 Memsie Stakes field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Melbourne Cup hero Prince Of Penzance is a noted first-up performer and has been confirmed in the 2016 Memsie Sakes field.

Posting seven wins and nine minors through twenty-five career starts so far, Prince Of Penzance resumed last spring for eighth in the Memsie Stakes; progressing to fifth in the Gold Nugget Handicap (1600m) at Ballarat before again finishing fifth in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m).

Failing to produce much when eighth in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) on October 10th, the Pentire gelding mustered an impressive late kick in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) to finish second behind The United States.

Given no chance of success in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) as a $101 chance, Prince Of Penzance mustered a scintillating turn of foot following an ideal run in transit to win the country’s feature race.

Having run second in a hit-and-run appearance in the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville on May 21st, Prince Of Penzance should find a good position off pace in the Memsie Stakes from barrier 11 and will be partnered by Harry Coffey.

Black Heart Bart is a proven performer at the course and should prove extremely tough to beat in the Memsie Stakes from barrier 5 and with regular hoop Brad Rawiller in the saddle.

Debuting for Darren Weir second in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on March 12th, the Blackfriars gelding returned to winning form in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield.

Running second in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) on April 16th, Black Heart Bart broke through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m), and has not been seen at the races since finishing a close second in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) on June 11th.

Weir will saddle four runners in the 2016 Memsie Stakes field after also confirming Mahuta (barrier 2) and Palentino (barrier 10).

Lord Of The Sky should be able to dictate terms from the outset in the Memsie Stakes after drawing the ideal barrier 1.

Unlucky not to post a win at the highest level of racing, Lord Of The Sky resumed this time for fourth in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) before returning to winning form in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) on July 30th.

While failing to handle the late pace when fifth in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago, trainer Robbie Laing believes the horse has only taken benefit from the run.

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2016 Memsie Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x855821x2x PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) Darren Weir Harry Coffey 11 59kg 113
2 492x21212x BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 5 59kg 113
3 270x00x415 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 1 59kg 105
4 41×9621008 CHARMED HARMONY John Sadler Thomas Sadler 3 59kg 105
5 2415x2018x HE OR SHE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 12 59kg 103
6 21511246×3 TASHBEEH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 14 59kg 95
7 1112x26x5x ALPINE EAGLE Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 6 59kg 103
8 1111110×36 MAHUTA Darren Weir John Allen 2 58.5kg 104
9 1731x4214x TARZINO (NZ) Mick Price Craig Newitt 9 58.5kg 109
10 2113061x TAVAGO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 8 58.5kg 108
11 211x7212x4 PALENTINO Darren Weir Mark Zahra 10 58.5kg 105
12 215x11113x TALLY John O’Shea Michael Dee (a) 13 58.5kg 98
13 27x063540x RISING ROMANCE (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 4 57kg 107
14 7x1F1x121x SOFIA ROSA (NZ) Stephen Marsh Michael Walker 7 56.5kg 105