Brambles Heads 2012 Grand Prix Stakes Field

May 23rd, 2012

Peter Moody-trained gelding Brambles headlines a full field of 16 horses ahead of Saturday’s Group 3 $150,000 2012 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Doomben.

The New Zealand-bred three-year-old was particularly impressive last start when winning the the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate ahead of Margins on May 12.

A son of Savabeel, Brambles finished strongly when recording his third career victory from eight starts suggesting he will handle the extra 200 metres when stepping up in distance this weekend.

One horse that will have no trouble handling the distance is fellow Moody-trained gelding Vatuvei who will come from one barrier outside (8) Brambles.

The son of Reset came home quickly to win the Listed VRC St Leger on April 25 (2800m) and looks on track for a tilt at the Group 1 Queensland Derby on June 9.

John Thompson-trained Isopach has consistently produced solid runs in his last three starts but has been unable to convert these into results.

The Magic Albert three-year-old ran third in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill in April and since then has produced consecutive fourth-place finished in the Group 3 Franker Packer Plate and the Rough Habit Plate.

One horse coming into the race in form is another Peter Moody-trained contender in Soros who is coming off a last-start victory at Flemington on May 5.

The Lohnro colt may have just seven starts to his name but is highly rated and sits as second favourite ($5.50) behind Zabeelionaire to win the Queensland Derby.

Other horses set to line up in the Grand Prix Stakes include New Zealand gelding Urunga, last-start winner Euryale and Brian Smith-trained Arctic.

The race will jump as the fifth on the eight-event program that features the Group 1 $650,000 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).

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Grand Prix Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

o Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 185X908344 ISOPACH John P Thompson Jeff Lloyd 11 57kg 87
2 3112X2431 BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody Brad Rawiller 7 57kg 90
3 X306X15831 VATUVEI Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 8 57kg 74
4 X971161967 REIGNING Con Karakatsanis Jay Ford 6 57kg 72
5 3X15X4021 SOROS Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 4 57kg 72
6 2X13426477 ARCTIC Brian Smith Ric McMahon 5 57kg 66
7 4X767X202 DURNFORD Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 16 57kg
8 7151420206 CAPTAIN FASTBUCK David Lawlor Andrew Spinks 15 57kg 61
9 58X15X6302 LARGO DA BARRA John Sargent Michael Rodd 17 57kg 70
10 191X86410 COLOUR ME GRAND Matthew Dunn Ryan Wiggins 3 57kg 63
11 3432311775 RED SHIFT (NZ) Roger James Chris Munce 2 57kg 69
12 4X220X2418 URUNGA (NZ) Adrian Bull Jonathan Riddell 10 57kg 66
13 3X01526 ST SULLY (NZ) Robert Heathcote Jim Byrne 12 57kg 63
14 675300X761 EURYALE Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1 55kg 81
15 04114X6391 PRECIOUS MANDY Maryann Thexton Grant Cooksley 9 55kg 73
16 3X5151 HULA LUA (NZ) Michael Kent TBA 14 55kg 70
17e 7X9X30X41 MOMENT TO REMEMBER Jeffrey Caught TBA 13 57kg 62