Geelong Cup Field Has It All To Play For In 2011

The 2011 Geelong Cup field has a lot to live up to this year as they seek to repeat the success the event has had in recent times.

Just last year Americain passed through this race on his way to winning the 2010 Melbourne Cup title in tremendous circumstances.

A group of 13 will be out to replicate his performance in 2011 and for many of them success in the Geelong Cup is there only option.

With so much interest, especially from overseas, in the 2011 Melbourne Cup spots in the field are a hard thing to earn.

In fact for many of this year’s Geelong Cup runners they are relying on this event to squeeze their way into the Melbourne Cup field.

With that in mind there’s no doubt it’s going to be a frantic 2400m with $225,000 up for grabs at Group 3 level.

The good thing about Geelong is that it’s a wide surface so every horse should get its chance up the straight.

Among those expected to show a sight are the imports Dunaden from France as well as Bauer for Luca Cumani.

They will have a tough time of it though as they carry 58kg and 56kg respectively, a fair chunk more than the 53kg being lugged by the majority of the field.

They are also coming up against a good group of locally trained stayers boasting solid recent form.

Tanby is perhaps the best example, he finished second to Shewan in the Herbert Power Stakes, a race where Bauer crossed in sixth.

Also with a good last start run is I’m Jake, he won the Listed Ansett Handicap at Mornington however it is a big jump in class to the Geelong Cup.

Back In Black is another interesting runner, John Steffert brought him across from New Zealand specifically for the Melbourne Cup but he desperately needs to win here to qualify.

Spechenka comes in for Ben Ahrens after just missing out on the Caulfield Cup as first emergency.

Others worth mentioning include Hume, Red Eye Special and Perfect Pecs.

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2011 Geelong Cup Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 112X3X12X9 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles Craig Williams 8 58kg 109
2 X12X54X016 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani Damien Oliver 9 56kg 103
3 819129X803 SHOWCAUSE Frank Ritchie Luke Nolen 13 53.5kg 98
4 32114X0312 TANBY Robert Hickmott Steven King 6 53kg 97
5 X53230X946 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Anthony Freedman Ms Lisa Cropp 11 53kg 95
6 103132X581 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake & David Feek Dwayne Dunn 1 53kg 95
7 454X594158 BACK IN BLACK (NZ) John Steffert Craig Newitt 5 53kg 93
8 X207155309 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens Michael Walker 10 53kg 93
9 11X00X0800 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes James Winks 3 53kg 92
10 X903745070 HUME (NZ) David Brideoake & David Feek Stephen Baster 12 53kg 89
11 22114X6125 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Anthony Cummings Chris Symons 2 53kg 89
12 242113X006 DIYARAKA (FR) Michael Moroney Kerrin McEvoy 4 53kg 77
13 X456330121 PERFECT PECS Rick Hore-Lacy Dean Yendall 7 53kg 75