Australian Guineas Final Field and Barrier Draw

Australian Guineas Barrier Draw Ole Kirk (PA Images)

The Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) barrier draw was announced on Wednesday morning with a field of 16 plus one emergency announced for Saturday’s feature at Flemington.

Former Blue Diamond Stakes (1600m) winner Tagaloa returned to form last start with a one-length win in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m). Trained by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, the three-year-old colt will have jockey Luke Currie riding. Tagaloa drew barrier 10 for the Australian Guineas.

The Leon and Troy Corstens-trained three-year-old filly Zou Dancer has come up with gate eight. Zou Dancer has won her past two starts, including a massive 4.75-length victory in the Group 3 The TAB Vanity (1400m).

Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) and Caulfield Guineas (1600m) winner Ole Kirk will need to overcome a lacklustre performance in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) where he ran eighth when beaten 6.5 lengths. The Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes-trained colt will also need to overcome a bad barrier after being dealt 15.

Aysar has drawn two while Cherry Tortoni had no luck drawing the widest barrier for the $1 million race.

2021 Australian Guineas Barrier Draw and Final Field

1OLE KIRKMichael, Wayne & John HawkesKerrin McEvoy1557kg
2TAGALOATrent Busuttin & Natalie YoungLuke Currie1057kg
3AYSARTom Dabernig & Ben HayesDamian Lane257kg
4CHERRY TORTONIPatrick PayneBilly Egan1757kg
5DOM TO SHOOTSean & Jake CaseyWilliam Pike757kg
6LUNAR FOXPaul PreuskerMichael Dee657kg
7GRANDSLAMCiaron Maher & David EustaceJohn Allen1657kg
8POLANDMichael MoroneyCraig Williams157kg
9BELTORORobert HickmottJack Hill357kg
10EMBOLISMDanny O’BrienDamien Oliver1457kg
11IT’SOURTIMEDanny O’BrienBen Allen1257kg
12JET PROPULSIONCiaron Maher & David EustaceJye McNeil1157kg
13CAMBOURNEMick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)Mark Zahra957kg
14IRONEDGEMick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)Michael Walker557kg
15HERE TO SHOCK (NZ)Brent StanleyLuke Nolen457kg
16ZOU DANCERLeon & Troy CorstensMs Jamie Kah855kg
17eLOFTY STARJulius SandhuTBA1357kg