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Gold Fields seeks hat-trick in Villiers

Gold Fields has provided Logan McGill with the biggest moments of his training career at his past two starts.

The seven-year-old gelding won the $200,000 Listed Sale Cup (1600m) on October 27 followed by the $160,000 Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m) on November 16.

Those wins were McGill's first Stakes victories in Victoria. Now Gold Fields travels to Sydney, aiming to complete a hat-trick of wins in Saturday's $250,000 G2 Quincy Seltzer Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.

"I'm really happy with him, he's been racing in really good form and I'm just hoping that he can hold it on Saturday," McGill said.

"He has always been a good, honest old horse but he's just gone to another level."

Gold Fields prepared for the Villiers by winning his 1100-metre trial at Traralgon last Thursday by five lengths in an overall time of 1:07.76.

Nash Rawiller has been booked to ride Gold Fields after his regular rider Stephen Baster retired following the Sandown Stakes victory.

McGill describes the task of Gold Fields carrying 58.5kg in the Villiers and giving as much as 5.5kg to the opposition as his main concern ahead of Saturday.

"But he's drawn well (barrier four) and he looks like he'll get a favourable run," he said.

Gold Fields is $9.50 with BetEasy to win the Villiers Stakes with Quackerjack ($3 favourite), El Dorado Dreaming ($8) and Ranier ($8.50) ahead of him in betting.

Villiers Stakes meeting at Randwick on Saturday, picture ThoroughbredNEWS

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