The 2011 Herbert Power Stakes final field has reached maximum capacity with 16 thoroughbreds set to charge across Caulfield Racecourse in Race 3 this Saturday afternoon.
The Herbert Power Stakes is worth $200,000 and rated at Group 2 level across a healthy trip of 2400m.
The biggest story that’s going to come out of the race and the aspect that will carry the most attention is the performance of the international runners as they have their first starts on Australian soil.
The top three runners in the race are all European imports here for European trainers on their way to the Melbourne Cup and maybe even the Caulfield Cup in between.
That means their runs will be heavily scrutinised first up and the pressure will be on to etch out solid performances.
Bauer has been here before, he’s from the Luca Cumani camp and knows what it’s like to run during the spring carnival.
The same can’t be said for the other two though which are here for Brian Ellison.
Moyenne Corniche and Saptapadi will have plenty to prove both to their trainer as well as the wider Australian public.
There’s been a lot made of the number of internationals that are likely to make up the 2011 Melbourne Cup field with some questioning their depth of talent.
As a result this is a real make or break race first up and they can’t afford to start slowly, especially in such a strong Herbert Power Stakes field.
In terms of the Australians we’re not without hope, Lucky Eighty Eight, Midnight Martini, Tanby and Shewan are all expected to give a real sight at some stage down the home stretch.
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2011 Herbert Power Stakes Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||7X12X54X01||BAUER (IRE)||Luca Cumani||Damien Oliver||11||57kg||103|
|2||02DX223501||MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB)||Brian Ellison||Mark Zahra||5||57kg||103|
|3||12534X7555||SAPTAPADI (IRE)||Brian Ellison||Kerrin McEvoy||16||57kg||103|
|4||8X08580X00||MASTER O’REILLY (NZ)||Judy Mawer||Stephen Baster||12||56kg||100|
|5||1111X5X373||LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Ms Michelle Payne||14||55kg||98|
|6||119435X006||MACEDONIAN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||10||54.5kg||96|
|7||11X00X0800||REBEL SOLDIER (IRE)||David Hayes||James Winks||3||54.5kg||92|
|8||32322X0044||ANUDJAWUN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||Corey Brown||2||54.5kg||89|
|9||6X9111X581||MIDNIGHT MARTINI||Mark Kavanagh||Glyn Schofield||6||54.5kg||87|
|10||0314134105||LOPOV (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Dwayne Dunn||8||54.5kg||78|
|11||62X78X0009||EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Danny Nikolic||15||54.5kg||95|
|12||11X4X9X145||MY SCOTSGREY (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||Ms Lisa Cropp||9||54.5kg||95|
|13||X32114X031||TANBY||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||7||54.5kg||95|
|14||X33313X162||SHEWAN||Robert Smerdon||Chris Symons||4||54.5kg||88|
|15||22109X4103||TWO FOR TEA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Craig Newitt||13||54.5kg||85|
|16||2541125X08||PRUSSIAN OFFICER||Steve Richards||Steven King||1||54.5kg||78|