The 2016 field for the Group 1 $500,000 IG Markets Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday has pulled together a strong group of tough milers.
The early favourite He’s Our Rokkii has won over the 1600m on two previous occasions and has drawn the rails in the thirteen horse field with Dwayne Dunn to ride.
Dunn has been aboard He’s Our Rokkii in his last seven starts which includes five wins, four of them at his last four starts and he is jumping up to Group 1 class after scoring a very impressive three and a quarter lengths win in the $90,000 1400m Caulfield Handicap on September 17.
The former New Zealand trained four year old’s two best wins were at Randwick during this year’s Sydney Autumn Carnival in the Group 3 $200,000 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) on April 2 and in the Group 3 $150,000 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) a fortnight later.
The Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig will also saddle up Jacquinot Bay with jockey Damian Lane facing a stiff task from the outside barrier.
Jacquinot Bay has put in a couple of fair performance in Group 1 company at his last two starts and faces up in the Toorak Handicap following a fourth in the $500,000 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 10 and a last start fourth in the $500,000 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on September 24.
Melbourne’s premier trainer Darren Weir will also saddle up two runners in the Toorak Handicap, Japanese import Tosen Stardom and Royal Rapture who lining u for his sixth win on the trot.
Caulfield trainer Ciaron Maher gives Bon Aurum a great chance of winning another Group 1 after declaring the four year old in great shape following his win in the Group 1 $500,000 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 24.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy will be able to give Bon Aurum a similar run from barrier seven as he did from gate five when he won the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller will saddle up Counterattack who is coming off a last start sixth as favourite in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and six year old Cosmic Cube who is stepping up in class and distance after running third to Toorak Handicap rival Moral Victory in the Group 2 $175,000 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on September 24.
James McDonald takes the ride on Counterattack who has drawn barrier eight while Cosmic Cube will jump from gate eleven with Craig Newitt in the saddle.
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