Ranger Tops Perth Cup 2011 Weights

Grant Williams’ in-form galloper Ranger has been the heaviest handicapped hopeful in the 2011 Perth Cup weights which were released on Tuesday ahead of the New Year’s Eve clash.

2011 Perth Cup Odds

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Odds subject to change. Futures all-in betting showing top 24 horses.

Early favourite to snare the $400,000 Group 2 Golden River Developments Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot on December 31, Ranger is paying $4.60 in the Luxbet markets and has unsurprisingly been allocated the 58kg topweight for the race.

Eleventh to Guest Wing in the Perth Cup results back on New Year’s Day, which was officially the first 2011 Perth Cup while the 2012 Perth Cup won’t run until New Year’s Eve next year due to a Festival of Perth Racing rescheduling, Testa Rossa gelding Ranger has been in red hot form this season.

They won their opening three first-up starts on the trot including the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) before running a credible sixth to Luckygray in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 19.

Last start they came within a length of Playing God in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) carrying 59kg and will have their final Perth Cup lead-up this Saturday in the $225,000 Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m).

Following Ranger in the Perth Cup weights are then two of their stablemates with eight-year-old Lords Ransom, winner of the 2010 Perth Cup, on 56kg and last-start Kingston Town Classic fourth placegetter Battle Emblem on 53kg.

Two other Perth Cup nominees are also on 53kg with early third favourite in the markets Kincaple ($6.5 Luxbet) who won the Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie Cups earlier in the year and the Neville Parnham-trained God Has Spoken who beat home just two other runners in the Listed JRA Trophy (2200m) on December 3.

The last of the 44 Perth Cup entries above the 52kg minimum is the Bruce McClune-trained Mega Steel on 52.5kg, the Helenus six-year-old competitive in the early Ascot features but disappointing when dead last in the Kingston Town.

Meanwhile, Perth Cup betting market mover Dancin On The Wind ($14 Luxbet) is far from guaranteed a start having been allocated just 52kg.

After running away to win a 2200 metre benchmark 68 handicap last Saturday at Ascot, beating home fellow Perth Cup hopefuls including runner-up Senhor Da Gama, Shane Edward’s Al Maher five-year-old still needs to add to their rating to move up the order of entry.

“Saturday’s win does not guarantee a start,” Perth Racing’s chief handicapper David Hunter said in regards to Dancin On The Wind.

“There are a number of horses above him and there is the Cox Stakes, (WA) St Lger and ATA Handicap to be run.”

Two remaining races on the Perth Summer Racing Carnival provide a ballot exemption into the Perth Cup field to the winner with the $225,000 Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) and the $80,000 Listed WA St Leger (2100m) both on this weekend.

Dancin On The Wind is the sole chance for local Ascot trainer Shane Edwards to go back-to-back in the Perth Cup following Guest Wing’s win earlier in the year.

See below for the complete list of Perth Cup nominations and weights.

The 2011 Perth Cup final field is due to be released on Tuesday December 27.

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2011 Perth Cup Entries & Weights

# Horse Trainer Weight (kg) Hcp. Rating
1 RANGER Grant Williams 58 110
2 LORDS RANSOM Grant Williams 56 105
3 BATTLE EMBLEM Grant Williams 53 99
4 GOD HAS SPOKEN Neville Parnham 53 99
5 KINCAPLE (NZ) Mark B. Reed 53 99
6 MEGA STEEL Bruce McClune 52.5 98
7 WHIPSAW Dean White 52 95
8 NEW SPICE Elva Van Merwyk 52 94
9 TRANQUILITY Grant Williams 52 92
10 VERACIOUS Trevor Andrews 52 92
11 BIG TED Ivan Haggerty 52 91
12 DOUBLE BARREL Adam Durrant 52 90
13 GUM NUT GURU Justin Warwick 52 90
14 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson 52 90
15 WESTERN JEWEL Grant Williams 52 89
16 ELUSIVE KING Peter Moody 52 88
17 INSURGENCY Garry Delane 52 87
18 MANILA I SCREAM Adam Durrant 52 87
19 RINGMEISTER Lindsey Smith 52 88
20 LOPOV (NZ) Simon A. Miller 52 82
21 SENHOR DA GAMA Simon A. Miller 52 81
22 AMBERLYN Graeme Hammarquist 52 80
23 MISS TIPSY TOPSY Stan Bates 52 80
24 SMART TWISTER Neville Parnham 52 80
25 VOLCANIC CAUSEWAY Sonya Price 52 81
26 VISCOUNT CAMERON Angela Smith 52 80
27 PINTADA PRINCE Warren Radford 52 77
28 TEST THE ANGELS Jeremy Easthope 52 78
29 DANCIN ON THE WIND Shane Edwards 52 72
30 MOONLIGHT BAY Grant Williams 52 74
31 COME FLIRT WITH ME Deborah Murphy 52 73
32 MALAIKA Donna Baillie 52 73
33 CAMPOBELLO Lou & Dion Luciani 52 72
34 SUPREMACY (NZ) Steven Pinfold 52 72
35 GRAND APPROACH Frankie Maynard 52 71
36 BIG JOSH Daniel Morton 52 70
37 LORVE Matt Daqui 52 70
38 AITCHISON Norm Pascoe 52 68
39 LADYSEA Tony Noonan 52 64
40 CARA CARABINI Ben Perace 52 67
41 FOREVER SPECIAL Grant Williams 52 65
42 GALILETTO Daniel Morton 52 62
43 AMBERS KINGDOM Sharon Miller 52 61
44 EMAHO Sharon Taylor 52 61