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

No. Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 OLE KIRK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Kerrin McEvoy 15 57kg
2 TAGALOA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Luke Currie 10 57kg
3 AYSAR Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damian Lane 2 57kg
4 CHERRY TORTONI Patrick Payne Billy Egan 17 57kg
5 DOM TO SHOOT Sean & Jake Casey William Pike 7 57kg
6 LUNAR FOX Paul Preusker Michael Dee 6 57kg
7 GRANDSLAM Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 16 57kg
8 POLAND Michael Moroney Craig Williams 1 57kg
9 BELTORO Robert Hickmott Jack Hill 3 57kg
10 EMBOLISM Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 14 57kg
11 IT’SOURTIME Danny O’Brien Ben Allen 12 57kg
12 JET PROPULSION Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 11 57kg
13 CAMBOURNE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 9 57kg
14 IRONEDGE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Walker 5 57kg
15 HERE TO SHOCK (NZ) Brent Stanley Luke Nolen 4 57kg
16 ZOU DANCER Leon & Troy Corstens Ms Jamie Kah 8 55kg
17e LOFTY STAR Julius Sandhu TBA 13 57kg