Wednesday’s Listed Ballarat Cup Final Field & Barrier

Today the highlight of thoroughbred racing in Victoria will take place in Ballarat at Dowling Forest racecourse, with the running of the $130 000 Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m).

Current favourite for the race, Mark Kavanagh’s Itstheone at $4.60, will start from the ideal barrier two with Kerrin McEvoy aboard. A win today will be a beautiful end to a sensational spring season for Kavanagh, who took out the coveted Melbourne Cup with the up-and-coming stayer Shocking back on November 3.

Close second favourite at $5, is the legendary Bart Cummings entry Dandaad. Coming off a brave second place in the Geelong Cup on October 21 to Leica Ding, Dandaad stands a good chance today starting from barrier seven and ridden by Chris Symons.

Another star runner is Daryl Cannon‘s Bourbonstreetblues, currently a $6 chance. The in-form stayer has drawn widely with barrier 17 and is aiming for his fifth straight country cup victory.

The 18 horse field has a strong local presence this year, with six horses representing Ballarat stables. The best two chances for the cup to remain in its home-town look to be the Barry James-trained Sylvan O’Reilly ($12) from the outside gate one and Darren Weir’s Oak Heart ($14) with barrier 14.

The Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup is scheduled as race eight at Ballarat today.

Listed Ballarat Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw:

No

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Barrier

Weight

Penalty

Handicapper Rating

1
GALLIONS REACH (NZ)
Richard Yuill Dwayne Dunn 9 57.5 102
2
DAVCON
Heath Conners 13 55 96
3
BOURBONSTREETBLUES
Daryl Cannon Dean Yendall 17 54.5 95
4
DANDAAD (NZ)
Bart Cummings Chris Symons 7 54.5 95
5
DAKA’S GEM
David Brideoake Ben Melham 11 53.5 92
6
LADIES IN LUCK (NZ)
Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Brian Park 12 53 92
7
BOLLE
Barbara Marshman Nathan Rose (a) 10 53 89
8
DIAMONDSONDINSIDE
Luke Oliver Craig Newitt 18 53 89
9
ITSTHEONE (NZ)
Mark Kavanagh Kerrin McEvoy 2 53 89
10
SENTIRE (NZ)
Robbie Laing Jason Maskiell (a) 6 53 87
11
ESCAPE ARTIST
Peter White Roger Booth 15 53 84
12
SYLVAN O’REILLY (NZ)
Barry James Danny Nikolic 1 53 82
13
GOLDEN CHARMER
Dan O’Sullivan Peter Mertens 5 53 77
14
SPEAK OF THE DEVIL
Damien Hunter Garry Murphy 3 53 77
15
KINUGAWA
Go Shigemi Jarrod Fry (a) 4 53 76
16
OAK HEART
Darren Weir Linda Meech 14 53 72
17
RED RIVIERA
Terry Kelly Matt Pumpa 16 53 70
18
SEEK THE STARS
Mick Cerchi Jason Lyon 8 53 68