Fiumicino Heads Christmas Cup 2012 Field

Evergreen Hawkes-trained veteran Fiumicino heads a 10-horse 2012 Christmas Cup field for the feature race in Sydney this weekend, the nine-year-old Zabeel gelding after back-to-back stakes wins.

Fiumicino improved on their third to early 2013 Melbourne Cup betting fancy Puissance De Lune in the Bendigo Cup over the mile and a half when they


ATC Cup winner Fiumicino is the 59kg top-weight for Saturday's Christmas Cup 2012

went to Warwick Farm at the start of the month and beat home King Utah in the Listed ATC Cup (2200m) by three quarters of a length.

They race again this Saturday as the 59kg top-weight of the $100,000 Listed Uncle Toby’s Christmas Cup (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens.

While the 59kg impost is a minimum four kilos more than their rivals, Fiumicino handled the weight in the ATC Cup when they carried the same – runner-up King Utah having had just 54kg.

Wayne Wilkes’ Bradbury’s Luck five-year-old King Utah will be on the minimum again in the Christmas Cup as they look to turn the tables on their last start conqueror when they jump from barriers 10 and nine respectively.

Also backing up in Saturday’s classic is ATC Cup third placegetter Moriarty who will jump mid-field from barrier five with regular rider Corey Brown retaining the ride.

Last start they jumped from a comparative barrier (4) but had 57kg on their back, Chris Waller’s imported Clodovil gelding going down to 55kg this weekend.

Other notable chances in the 2012 Christmas Cup then include Bjorn Baker’s consistent Redoute’s Choice five-year-old Cantonese in gate four with Jim Cassidy riding, and Brisbane visitor Trajet from the stables of Liam Birchely who was last seen going down by a mere short half-head to Poste Restante over 2118m at Eagle Farm two weeks ago.

The final field, barrier draw and weights for the Christmas Cup – part of the Sydney Summer Racing Series – can be found below.

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2012 Christmas Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Rosehill Race 6 – 4:20pm (AEST) – 15/12/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 38×9097431 FIUMICINO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Nash Rawiller 9 59kg 97
2 439×111223 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller Corey Brown 5 55kg 89
3 5331112114 CANTONESE Bjorn Baker Jim Cassidy 4 54kg 86
4 64116×0036 FROMELLES (NZ) John Sargent Nathan Berry 1 54kg 84
5 7657261122 KING UTAH Wayne Wilkes Christian Reith 10 54kg 76
6 857×351232 TRAJET Liam Birchley Peter Robl 6 54kg 74
7 6x1145x663 IGGI POP (NZ) John O’Shea Glyn Schofield 2 54kg 72
8 2×48626427 DREAMWORKER David Pfieffer Blake Shinn 8 54kg 70
9 1352×04315 WATERTIGHT Robert Price Ms Kathy O’Hara 3 54kg 68
10 94212×3474 PLATINUM JACK Scott Singleton 7 54kg 62