All the talk this week is of course about Caulfield Guineas Day on Saturday, which means the 2012 Cranbourne Cup (2025m) on Sunday has become something of a forgotten race.
But a big field including plenty of decent stayers will ensure it is as exciting as always, with 16 horses named to contest the $200,000 event.
Included in the field is the Sam Kavanagh-trained Bagman who heads into the race on the back of consecutive Listed wins in South Australia.
The six-year-old gelding won the Balaklava Cup in early September and backed up the performance to score a convincing win in the Tokyo City Cup.
Kavnanagh is confident the son of Easy Rocking is capable of producing another tough effort this weekend.
“He has a great attitude and is a real trier, we couldn’t ask for more,” Kavanagh said.
Also heading into the race in terrific form is four-year-old gelding Destiny’s Kiss who is stepping up in class after delivering a six-length romp at Mornington late last month.
He has won six of his even most recent starts, with the other result a runner-up finish to Bianmick who has since gone on to win at Group 3 level.
Last year’s winner Boom ‘N’ Zoom returns to defend his title but will have to break a long winless drought to do so, having not recorded victory since that day.
The seven-year-old’s most recent start was a sixth-place finish in the Gold Nugget at Ballarat.
Consisten Adelaide gelding Finiguerra will make the trip east for Sunday’s Cranbourne Cup, bringing solid form with consecutive placings this spring including a second to Bagman in the Tokyo City Cup.
Other Cranbourne Cup runners include the Mark Kavanagh-trained Midnight Martini, former Americain horse Unusual Suspect and New Zealand Oaks winner Miss Artistic.
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Cranbourne Cup 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||69x6908x90||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||Craig Williams||2||58.5kg||104|
|2||3x1335x311||BAGMAN||Sam Kavanagh||Brad Rawiller||17||58kg||103|
|3||3439×01136||STREETS AWAY (NZ)||Darren Weir||Nicholas Hall||1||54.5kg||96|
|4||3511420×76||MISS ARTISTIC (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||Craig Newitt||11||54kg||97|
|5||5551210518||STREAKY FELLA||Aaron Purcell||Andrew Mallyon||4||54kg||94|
|6||2210136×32||FINIGUERRA||Darryl Dodson||Christian Reith||9||54kg||93|
|7||581430×653||MIDNIGHT MARTINI||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||14||54kg||93|
|8||400x9000x6||BOOM ’N’ ZOOM||Ken Keys||Glen Boss||5||54kg||92|
|9||x000011837||OURFOREIGNMINISTER||Shaun Dwyer||Steven King||16||54kg||91|
|10||11x2750x04||PROLIFERATE||Mick Price||Michael Walker||7||54kg||88|
|11||8×44111121||DESTINY’S KISS||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||6||54kg||87|
|13||x24157x073||MISS WITH ATTITUDE||Mick Price||Peter Mertens||13||54kg||86|
|14||222x3211x4||ERUPTIOUS (NZ)||Michael Kent||Dean Yendall||12||54kg||85|
|15||1583125×03||VATUVEI||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||3||54kg||82|
|16||x90188x095||HEAVEN’S RICHES||Robbie Laing||Dean Holland||15||54kg||80|