A full field of 14 gallopers, including a number of key Melbourne Cup 2011 hopefuls, will face off at Rosehill this Saturday in the $100,000 Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m).
The 2011 Premier’s Cup is one of two black-type features for Luxbet punters to enjoy a Rosehill bet on this weekend along with the much awaited $125,000 Group 3 Run To The Rose where the likes of Helmet, Smart Missile and Foxwedge will take to the track.
This year’s Premier’s Cup is shaping up as a top showdown between many stayers entertaining hopes of travelling down to Victoria later this spring for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
Among the horses heading towards the $6 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November that are engaged to race in the Premier’s Cup this Saturday are the likes of the Robert Hickmott-trained duo of Mourayan and Alandi, and the Chris Waller-trained The Verminator.
The Lloyd Williams-owned The BMW runner-up Mourayan is the shortest-priced of the Premier’s Cup acceptors in the futures Melbourne Cup odds at Luxbet paying $51.
Another notable galloper that has been accepted for the Premier’s Cup but that is yet to be confirmed as a certain starter is Brian Smith’s Brisbane raider Hume.
The Zabeel eight-year-old, runner-up to Melbourne Cup winner Shocking in the Group 3 The Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington during the 2009 Melbourne Cup Carnival, has been on the comeback trail since returning from a one and a half year break back in June.
Smith, however, is awaiting to see how the track conditions are at Rosehill on Saturday before making a final decision on whether to run Hume in the Listed feature.
“He’s no good in the wet and he won’t run on anything worse than a Slow 6,” Smith said.
Hume is targeting the Group 3 Newcastle Cup (2300m) on September 15, his performance in which may see him continue on to the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on October 1 during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
There is also a chance Smith will allocate a Cups campaign for Hume in Melbourne later in the spring.
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2011 Premier’s Cup Final Field & Barriers
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rtg.|
|1||5111X0X0X0||ALANDI (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Eddie Cassar||2||61kg||111|
|2||73X82042X0||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Hugh Bowman||8||58.5kg||106|
|3||22257X2X98||LODGE THE DEEDS||Gwenda Markwell||–||3||53.5kg||96|
|4||30X64125X0||GALIZANI||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||9||53kg||94|
|5||0425X90374||HUME (NZ)||Brian Smith||Chris Munce||7||53kg||93|
|6||2X056944X8||PRAECIDO (NZ)||David Payne||Tommy Berry||6||53kg||91|
|7||11X6221143||THE VERMINATOR||Chris Waller||–||12||53kg||88|
|8||1956X03212||BRAVE THE WAY||Alan Bailey||Glen Boss||4||53kg||86|
|9||9301553443||BREAK CARD||Gerald Ryan||Jay Ford||11||53kg||86|
|10||0X421517X5||CRAFTY IRNA||Ron Quinton||Corey Brown||5||53kg||84|
|11||2044X23117||HIDDEN GEM||David Vandyke||Blake Spriggs (a)||13||53kg||82|
|12||22425X2202||STORM KITE||Ron Quinton||Ms Kathy O’Hara||14||53kg||80|
|13||00X6983856||DELAGO STAR||Kim Waugh||Nathan Berry||10||53kg||79|
|14||724112X334||THEY WON’T LAST||John P Thompson||–||1||53kg||78|