Chester Road Draws Wide – 2013 Perth Cup Barrier Draw

Early 2013 Perth Cup (2400m) fancy Chester Road has suffered a blow in the lead-up to the $500,000 feature on Tuesday after drawing wide in barrier 17.

Cantonese

Cantonese, like many of the top Perth Cup chances, has drawn wide

The Adam Durrant-trained gelding is the top elect in early markets and heads into the race on the back of a runner-up finish to stablemate Mr Moet in the CB Cox Stakes on Saturday.

But many believe he is well placed to turn the tables on Mr Moet as he meets the Railway Stakes winner five kilograms better at the weights with just 54kg.

Mr Moet has received better luck than his stablemate at the barrier draw but jockey Daniel Staeck will still have his work cut out to find an ideal position when he comes from barrier 10.

The draw was not kind to most of the top chances, with Sydney stayer Cantonese receiving barrier 19 and talented local mare Pop Culture barrier 20.

Cantonese arrives in Perth on the back on excellent Sydney campaign with his most recent start highlighting his staying ability as he took out the Listed Christmas Cup at Rosehill by six lengths.

Pop Culture, one of the most highly-regarded horses in the west, also brings terrific form into the race and backed up a Kingston Town Classic fourth with a win in the WA St Leger last weekend.

One horse who has drawn well is Justin Warwick’s six-year-old gelding Global Flirt who earned a berth in the Perth Cup on the back of good form so far this campaign.

Up until a last-start fourth in the ATA Handicap, the son of McFlirt produced three straight wins including in the Listed Towton Cup (2200m) on December 8.

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Perth Cup 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No. Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 MR MOET ADAM DURRANT DANIEL STAECK 10 59kg
2 PLAYING GOD NEVILLE PARNHAM TBA 18 58kg
3 GOD HAS SPOKEN NEVILLE PARNHAM TBA 9 56kg
4 WESTRIVER KEVYDONN PAIGE KENNEY TAKAHIDE IKENUSHI 11 56kg
5 RANGER GRANT WILLIAMS WILLIAM PIKE 7 55.5kg
6 LORDS RANSOM GRANT WILLIAMS PETER HALL 6 55kg
7 CANTONESE BJORN BAKER JIM CASSIDY 19 54kg
8 CHESTER ROAD ADAM DURRANT SHAUN O’DONNELL 17 54kg
9 BRIDGESTONE(NZ) NEVILLE PARNHAM BRAD PARNHAM 5 53kg
10 DREAMAWAY GRANT WILLIAMS JEROME LERMYTE 16 53kg
11 GLOBAL FLIRT JUSTIN WARWICK MITCHELL PATEMAN 4 53kg
12 LOPOV(NZ) ADAM DURRANT LUCAS CAMILLERI 14 53kg
13 MOONLIGHT BAY GRANT WILLIAMS JASON WHITING 15 53kg
14 POP CULTURE COLIN WEBSTER TROY TURNER 20 53kg
15 SHAMARDASHING JOHN P THOMPSON PATRICK CARBERY 13 53kg
16 STARLIGHT LADY KAREN KERSLEY SHAUN MEERES 1 53kg
17 Emg TALENT SHOW GRAEME BALLANTYNE JARRAD NOSKE 3 53kg
18 Emg BIG JOSH DANIEL MORTON TBA 8 53kg
19 Emg BATTLE EMBLEM GRANT WILLIAMS TBA 12 53kg
20 Emg MALAIKA DONNA BAILLIE TBA 2 53kg