2016 Hill Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

September 14th, 2016

Eight stayers have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick, following the completion of a barrier draw this morning.

Hartnell leads the 2016 Hill Stakes field. Photo: Steve Hart

Hartnell leads the 2016 Hill Stakes field. Photo: Steve Hart

Hartnell has returned to racing in exceptional form this time and has been confirmed for his third-up run in the 2016 Hill Stakes field.

Hartnell began his racing career under the guidance of notable British trainer Mark Johnston, but has undoubtedly found his best form since arriving in Australia prior to the 2015 Autumn Carnival.

Posting a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) last year, Hartnell returned in autumn this year for a hit-and-run fifth in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on February 27th.

Resuming this time for second behind Winx in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) on August 20th, the Authorized gelding delivered a handy field a resounding eight length defeat in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) two weeks ago and will only relish a step up to 2000m on Saturday.

Godolphin will launch a two-pronged attack on the Group 2 feature after trainer John O’Shea also confirmed Magic Hurricane (barrier 1) in the Hill Stakes field.

Chris Waller has dominated the 2016 Hill Stakes field; confirming four of the race’s eight runners, including 2015 winner Preferment.

A multiple Group 1 winner, Preferment has returned to racing in typically smart form this year and should prove tough to beat in the Hill Stakes from barrier 4, with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.

Posting his maiden race win in the 2014 edition of the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), Preferment progressed from his win in the Hill Stakes last year to a second win at the highest level in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

Resuming this year for fourth in the Chipping Norton Stakes, the Zabeel entire won the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) on protest before claiming his fourth Group 1 win in The BMW on March 26th.

Preferment is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from a first-up run for fourth in the Chalemsford Stakes and is another runner that will relish a return to 2000m in the Hill Stakes.

Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have confirmed Tavago in the 2016 Hill Stakes field.

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2016 Hill Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x4650x5x21 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James McDonald 5 59kg 116
2 907x4110x4 PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 4 59kg 115
3 1x90324x65 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Christian Reith 8 59kg 111
4 3x08533x72 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller Rory Hutchings 6 59kg 108
5 2314x797x3 STORM THE STARS (USA) Chris Waller Tye Angland 7 59kg 108
6 21x7966x53 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 1 59kg 106
7 4x8xD21x00 SIGNOFF (IRE) Darren Weir Craig Williams 3 59kg 106
8 2113061×0 TAVAGO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 2 58kg 109