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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
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|
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