2012 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup Field & Barriers

This Friday an always popular black type will run in New South Wales ahead of the weekend’s racing with the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup 2012.

A full field of 16 starters plus two emergencies has been accepted for this year’s edition of the $140,00 Jam Media 2012 Wagga Wagga Cup (2000m), the event set to run as Wagga Race 7 at 4:15pm on Friday afternoon.

The top-rated and weighted of the contenders is the David Hayes-trained Extra Zero with 58kg.

Winner of the Albury Gold Cup two back Extra Zero comes off a disappointing ninth in the Group 3 HKJC Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on April 7 and has drawn wide with barrier 15 for Friday.

The only other two horses weighted above the 54.5kg minimum in the race this year are then Flemington visitor Lucky Eighty Eight (57kg) and former New Zealander Roi D’Jeu (55kg) who hasn’t raced since their sixth in the Hobart Cup back in February.

Last year’s Wagga Gold Cup winner Voice Commander came off a win in the Queanbeyan Cup.

While this year’s Queanbeyan Cup victor isn’t backing up at Wagga on Friday, the race has attracted two last-start winners with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Rain Drum and Gwenda Markwell’s Agent Bauer.

Drawn in barrier 10, into eight with emergencies out, with Tommy Berry to ride is the ultra-consistent Rain Drum.

The Fastnet Rock four-year-old is only lightly raced with four starts, four of which they have won and the other four they have finished top three in.

Most recently the progressive gelding was seen putting an easy three and a half lengths on their rivals over 1900-metres at Canterbury on April 13, and they are sure to be one of the top fancies in the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup odds once released.

Five-year-old Jeune gelding Agent Bauer meanwhile lines up for their 26th start on Friday having won the Murrumbidgee Cup (1800m) at Wagga last start on April 15.

Wagga Gold Cup runner-up from 2011 World Wide is back looking to go one better, but their recent form leaves a lot to be desired with the Bede Murray-trained galloper having run 11th and 10th respectively in their two most recent outings in Sydney.

Other notable hopefuls include the Chris Waller-trained Group 2 winner Vintedge, Ross Stitt’s up-and-coming stayer Southern Shimmer and the John O’Shea-trained Legsman looking to bounce back after their first-up 10th in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1600m) at Randwick on April 14.

See below for the complete 2012 Wagga Wagga Cup field, barriers, weights and jockeys.

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2012 Wagga Wagga Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Wagga Race 7 – 4:15pm – 04/05/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 0225X58719 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes Hugh Bowman 15 58kg 100
2 73971X7046 LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ms Michelle Payne 4 57kg 98
3 X675X2126X ROI D’JEU (NZ) Craig Ritchie Josh Adams (a) 9 55kg 94
4 5321X75876 VINTEDGE Chris Waller 7 54.5kg 96
5 X0770X5958 BID SPOTTER Graeme Rogerson Christian Reith 12 54.5kg 93
6 1X785333X0 LEGSMAN (NZ) John O’Shea James McDonald 11 54.5kg 92
7 890568X008 LODGE THE DEEDS Gwenda Markwell Blake Shinn 6 54.5kg 90
8 9X66262400 WORLD WIDE Bede Murray Peter Robl 17 54.5kg 85
9 1521221354 COLISEO Norm Gardner Jeff Penza 13 54.5kg 83
10 3121X3131 RAIN DRUM Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 10 54.5kg 82
11 06X7255171 AGENT BAUER Gwenda Markwell Brendan Ward 16 54.5kg 78
12 123164X043 SOUTHERN SHIMMER Ross Stitt Robert Thompson 2 54.5kg 76
13 640281X962 ILRINGYA Luke Pepper Jay Ford 1 54.5kg 75
14 4911497114 COSMIC FURY Kevin Hanley Bradley Vale 14 54.5kg 73
15 X8119X4136 DEVISED Tim Donnelly John Kissick (a) 18 54.5kg 73
16 8749664740 CODE WORD John Marzol Nathan Berry 8 54.5kg 72
17e 432X511003 RIVERINA HIGHWAY Geoff Duryea William Pearson 5 54.5kg 70
18e 4468148170 BON DIA Peter W Stanley Ms Robyn Freeman-Key 3 54.5kg 50