2011 Melbourne Cup Prospects Take on Premiers

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