Canberra Cup 2012 – Field headed by Zavite

New Zealand horse Zavite will look to add a Canberra Cup 2012 title to his impressive resume in what is the second feature race of Canberra’s eightrace card this Sunday.

The final field of 15 horses was released this morning and the Anthony Cummings trained top weight (62kg) will run from barrier 13 in the 2000 metre stayers’ event.

Having collected more than $1.9 million in prize money, the nine-year-old boasts an impressive record that has included victories in the Launceston Cup, Adelaide Cup and the Ranvet Stakes.

Zavite & Descarado

Zavite (Inside) is the headline act in the 2012 Canberra Cup

The two time Group 1 winner, who has also run in two Melbourne Cups, will use Sunday’s Canberra Cup as preparation ahead of a Ranvet Stakes defence.

Gai Waterhouse trained Tullamore will come from barrier seven on Sunday and is coming off a sixth-place first up effort in the Apollo Stakes on February 25.

The New Zealand gelding has five victories from 26 starts but has not won since June last year.

Peter Moody trained King Diamond will be looking to improve on his five wins from 17 starts and will be ridden by Danny Nikolic from barrier 14.

One horse in good form that will contest the Canberra Cup this weekend is last weekend’s Parramatta Cup winner Praecido.

The New Zealand horse may only have two wins from 28 starts but he looked particularly impressive in the wet last Saturday when taking top honours in the Listed race.

With experienced jockey Corey Brown in the saddle, the four-year-old gelding will start from barrier 11.

Other horses named in the final field for the 2012 Canberra Cup include German horse Budai, Rainbow Styling, Solid Billing, World Wide and Sharp Princess.

The Canberra Cup is a Listed event worth $200,000 in prize money.

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2012 Canberra Cup – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 070X0189X0 ZAVITE (NZ) Anthony Cummings Blake Shinn 13 62kg 111
2 1X838320X6 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 7 59kg 105
3 X65680X618 RAINBOW STYLING (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 4 57kg 101
4 011212X0X0 BUDAI (GER) David Hayes Kerrin McEvoy 12 56kg 99
5 112115X848 KING DIAMOND Peter G Moody Danny Nikolic 14 55kg 97
6 0003X0054X SOLID BILLING Craig Ritchie Jay Ford 6 54kg 95
7 824409X251 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne Corey Brown 11 54kg 94
8 26X1030404 SHARP PRINCESS (NZ) Bjorn Baker Ms Kathy O’Hara 9 54kg 94
9 25319X6626 WORLD WIDE Bede Murray Peter Robl 1 54kg 85
10 3372216542 PALASPORT Gregory Hickman TBA 10 54kg 80
11 X915132127 FILL THE PAGE Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones Tommy Berry 2 54kg 75
12 33X1521221 COLISEO Norm Gardner Jeff Penza 3 54kg 73
13 002706X725 AGENT BAUER Gwenda Markwell Chad Schofield (a) 15 54kg 70
14 011X606542 BILLYBOUGG Keith Dryden Kevin Sweeney 8 54kg 63
15 24X4664551 WATERTIGHT Robert Price TBA 5 54kg 62