Quality Field for 2012 Hawkesbury Gold Cup

While the 2012 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is in full swing there is still quality racing elsewhere and on Thursday there will be plenty of eyes on New South Wales for the Group 3 2012 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m).

A quality 12-horse field has been named to contest the $150,000 event which is headed by Gai Waterhouse-trained pair Wild And Proud and Kontiki Park.

Wild And Proud can be a hit-and-miss runner but it’s hard to deny his ability.

The four-year-old beat Manawanui to win the Hobartville Stakes in the autumn and while he was a distant 10th in the Epsom last month he ran a strong third the start before in Bill Ritchie Handicap.

Experienced gelding Kontiki Park ran last in the Epsom but also tasted some success earlier in the spring when he was a close runner-up in the Group 3 Tramway Handicap.

Bringing consistent form into the race is Merlin Mustang who is stepping up in class after three top three finishes in his past three starts.

Darley gelding Offenders hasn’t won this preparation but produced some good results in September when third in the Group 3 Cameron Handicap and second in the Group 2 Shannon Stakes.

To make an impact on Thursday Malavio will have to turn around his last-start form where he finished 10th at Rosehill but prior to that he won the Twin Willows Handicap and was fifth at Group 2 level in the Shorts.

Others in the Hawkesbury Cup field include Patinack-owned gelding Isopach, last-start runner-up World Wide and Bede Murray-trained gelding Darci Be Good.

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Hawkesbury Gold Cup 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 21176×1260 KONTIKI PARK (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 9 59kg 102
2 161103×030 WILD AND PROUD Gai Waterhouse Peter Robl 4 58.5kg 101
3 x17221x510 MALAVIO Steve Englebrecht Nathan Berry 10 55kg 94
4 080×875328 OFFENDERS Peter Snowden Joshua Parr 3 55kg 94
5 96050×5764 DARCI BE GOOD (NZ) Bede Murray TBA 8 54kg 90
6 1138336×68 ALMA’S FURY Paul Murray Grant Buckley 6 54kg 89
7 75164116×0 FROMELLES (NZ) John Sargent Jason Collett 12 54kg 88
8 250x9x2789 SAINTHOOD Rick Worthington Glyn Schofield 7 54kg 88
9 0834480×25 ISOPACH John P Thompson Christian Reith 2 54kg 87
10 2510×46440 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne Jeff Penza 11 54kg 86
11 13169×7132 MERLIN MUSTANG Michael Tubman Brendan Ward 5 54kg 85
12 0531865062 WORLD WIDE Bede Murray Rod Quinn 1 54kg 85