|Pillaging's chances of winning Saturday's $407,000
William Inglis Classic in Sydney have been severly dented after drawing the outside
Unbeaten after two runs the Lee Freedman
trained gelding was the early favourite for Saturday's race after his impressive last
start win in Sydney, however his luck at this morning's barrier draw is sure to see his
The gelding, who was a debut winner at Sandown before
venturing to Sydney, drew the extreme outside barrier in the field of 11.
Despite drawing the outside barrier many punters are sure
to support the gelding when it was revealed the brilliant Damien Oliver would be
travelling to Sydney to partner the two-year-old.
Pillaging's major opposition is expected to come from the
unlucky last start runner-up Choisir who drew the inside alley for Saturday.
The Paul Perry trained son of Danehill Dancer created a big
impression at his first start when he stormed home to win the listed Breeders' Stakes in
Sydney in late September. Choisir has since finished second at both runs.
The Gregory Hickman trained Sportsman, already a
metropolitan winner, has fared perfectly with barrier four. The Supremo gelding will be
ridden by Grant Buckley.
Gai Waterhouse is pinning her chances on winning the race
with the Spinning World youngster Al Megdam. Brian York, who rode Pillaging to victory
last start, will ride the Waterhouse representative.
Waterhouse is just one of four lady trainers who has a
runner in the rich race. Barbara Joseph (Mukareena), Maryann Thexton (Planagram) and
Dianne Poidevin-Laine (Desert Money) are the other three.