My Ex Mate Heads Port Adelaide Cup 2012 Field

In-form gelding My Ex Mate will be out to extend his sensational run of form when he lines up in the 2012 Port Adelaide Cup (2500m) at Morphetville on Saturday.

The local four-year-old has been in stellar form recently, winning his last four starts in a streak that began at Broken Hill on March 17 with a phenomenal 10-length victory.

Trained by Peter Blanch, the son of Not A Single Doubt has drawn a favourable barrier three position and the main question seems to be how he will handle the distance after previously racing at a maximum of 2000 metres.

He will have 11 rivals this weekend including Darryl Dodson-trained pair Texan Warney and Finiguerra.

The experienced Texan Warney will carry the top weight of 59kg from barrier four and boasts a reasonable record of 10 wins and 11 placings from 44 starts while Hamilton Cup winner Finiguerra will be ridden by Dwayne Dunn from barrier 12.

One horse coming into the race with form on his side is Darren Weir-trained four-year-old Hurdy Gurdy Man who is fresh off a third-place effort in the Warrnambool Cup.

Prior to the solid Warrnambool effort, Hurdy Gurdy Man had won twice and placed three times from his five previous starts.

The distance should not be a problem for the son of Street Cry who faces only a slight step up after racing over 2350 metres in his last two starts.

Also coming into the race in good form is Mark Minervini-trained Andronica who is chasing a third consecutive victory.

Other horses set to line up in the Listed $100,000 event include local mare Beautiful Soul, Mark Kavanagh-trained Faltastic and Miss Phromly who will be ridden by in-form jockey Damien Oliver.

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Port Adelaide Cup 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 X569111660 TEMPER TANTRUM Alex Macpherson Ms Michelle Payne 12 56kg 69
2 6851X39148 RED TYPHOON Robert Smerdon Glen Boss 5 56kg 67
3 320365X420 GIOE Michael Kent Luke Nolen 13 56kg 62
4 312X36580 PRINCESS ROCK Darren Weir Michael Walker 4 56kg 65
5 4X14136 CRIMSON LADY (NZ) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 9 56kg 69
6 163X671005 CALL ME BISCUIT Stuart Gower TBA 14 56kg 60
7 33225 QUICK RETORT Stephen Theodore Damien Oliver 6 56kg 63
8 4235222210 S’AMUSE Ricky Moore Chad Lever 10 56kg 60
9 2310198 ELLDAMI Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 1 56kg 69
10 5166X100 PENTIMENTO Michael Kent Ibrahim Gundogdu (a) 8 56kg 65
11 331340 CRYSTALISED (NZ) Anthony Freedman Vlad Duric 7 56kg 61
12 1522 BELLS OF TROY Wendy Kelly Matthew Neilson 2 56kg 64
13 7X4213060 ALESSANDRA Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 15 56kg 61
14 9N03421 FONSSAGRIVES David Hayes Paul Gatt 11 56kg 62
15 6962 WEEKEND DAZZLER William Smart Todd Pannell 3 56kg 57