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10/04/02 Prudent's Terrible Draw in Back to Back Cup Bid
Last year's Sydney Cup winner Mr Prudent will have his work cut out for him this year in his attempt to win back to back Group One Sydney Cups after receiving an outside barrier for Saturday's big race.

The George Hanlon trained stayer, who was seen hitting the line well in his lead up race in Melbourne recently, drew barrier 20 in a final field of 21, which includes one emergency.

Only one horse, the Gai Waterhouse trained last start runner-up Mr Nelson, will jump from a wider gate.

It was a better story for Waterhouse's other runner, the reigning Metropolitan Handicap winner Dress Circle. The hard fit galloper drew perfectly in four for the $822,000 race.

The New Zealanders had a mixed result with the draw. Soldier Blue (13), Ebony Honor (17) and Hail (18) drew awkardly while Cavallo Bruno (3), Lottery Prize (2) and Armstrong (7) fared much better.

The David Hall trained AJC Derby placegetter Pentastic drew barrier 12 for jockey Brett Prebble.

The emergency, the Chris Waller trainer Star of the Seas, has drawn barrier seven. He will be ridden by Chris Munce if he gains a run on Saturday.

The final field for the Sydney Cup and barrier draw is as follows:

01 DRESS CIRCLE (NZ) (Gai Waterhouse) Brian York (4) 56.5
02 HAIL (NZ) (Bruce Marsh) Jim Cassidy (18) 56.5
03 SPIRIT OF WESTBURY (NZ) (Cliff Brown) Damien Oliver (10) 56.0
04 KARASI (IRE) (David Hall) Steven Arnold (1) 55.5
05 MR. PRUDENT (George Hanlon) Corey Brown (20) 55.5
06 EBONY HONOR (Trevor McKee) Kerrin McEvoy (17) 55.0
07 SOLDIER BLUE (NZ) (Royce Dowling) Glen Boss (13) 54.5
08 ASIA (Jack Denham) Darren Beadman) (19) 54.0
09 HENDERSON BAY (NZ) (Neville McBurney) Darryl McLellan (8) 54.0
10 ARMSTRONG (NZ) (Jeff Lynds) Rod Quinn (6) 53.5
11 BONDI ICEBERG (Tony Wildman) Berndatte Cooper (14) 53.5
12 CONAIR (NZ) (Gerald Ryan) (16) 53.5
13 HOMEWRECKER (NZ) (Ray Lawson) Jason Patton (11) 53.5
14 MEET THE STARS (Joe Cleary) (5) 53.5
15 MR. NELSON (Gai Waterhouse) Danny Beasley (21) 53.5
16 ROYAL TREEN (Peter Wolsley) Mark De Montfort (9) 53.5
17 CAVALLO BRUNO (Keith Flynn) Greg Childs (3) 52.5
18 LOTTERY PRIZE (NZ) (John Wheeler) Michael Walker (a) (2) 52.5
19 PLEA (NZ) (Graeme Rogerson) (15) 52.5
20 PENTASTIC (David Hall) Brett Prebble (12) 51.5
21 STAR OF THE SEAS (Chris Waller) Chris Munce (7) 51.0

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