Defending Champ Heads 2013 Hobart Cup Weights

Last year’s winner Geegees Blackflash heads the weights for Sunday week’s $225,000 Group 3 2013 Hobart Cup (2400m).

Shadows In The Sun

Shadows In The Sun is one of the top chances for Sunday week's Hobart Cup

The six-year-old has been asked to carry 59.5kg which is one kilogram more than he had when saluting in Tasmania’s biggest race last summer.

Also being asked to carry heavy imposts are Gai Waterhouse-trained pair Kinnersley and Reuben Percival who have both been allocated 59kg.

If both horses travel to Hobart they will take good form with them with Group 1 placegetter Reuben Percival coming off a third-place effort in the Australia Day Cup while Kinnersley was victorious in the Magic Millions Stayers Cup on January 12.

Anthony Cummings’ Group 1 winner Shadows In The Sun made an outstanding return to the winner’s circle in the Australia Day Cup, leading from start to finish to win by 2 1/2 lengths.

The five-year-old has been given 58kg, 0.5kg more than Gerald Ryan-trained veteran Ironstein and local hope The Cleaner.

The Cleaner has been a dominant force in Tasmania this summer, winning three of four starts. The only hiccup came in the Devonport Cup when he struggled to carry 60kg and finished in 10th position.

Devonport Cup winner Fieldmaster appears well weighted with 55kg after backing up his win to finish third to The Cleaner in the Summer Cup at Hobart on January 20.

Runner-up in the Summer Cup was Norsqui who has been assigned 56kg. The Walter McShane-trained gelding must be considered among the chances are proving his ability when winning the Mornington Cup last year.

Others featuring in Hobart Cup weights include Peter Moody’s consistent gelding Elusive King (54kg), Anthony Freedman-trained import Brehat (54kg), emerging Gai Waterhouse-trained galloper Power Broker (54kg) and Ballarat-based entire Hurdy Gurdy Man.

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Hobart Cup 2013 Weights

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 GEEGEES BLACKFLASH John Luttrell 3 59.5kg 103
2 KINNERSLEY Gai Waterhouse 4 59kg 102
3 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 5 59kg 102
4 SHADOWS IN THE SUN Anthony Cummings 6 58kg 100
5 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 7 57.5kg 99
6 THE CLEANER Mick Burles 1 57.5kg 99
7 DREAM PEDLAR Troy Blacker 8 56.5kg 97
8 NORSQUI Walter McShane 10 56kg 96
9 TRAVOLTA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 9 56kg 96
10 PELICANO Tony McEvoy 11 55.5kg 95
11 FIELDMASTER (NZ) Patrick Payne 13 55kg 94
12 KEEP COOL (NZ) Danny O’Brien 14 55kg 94
13 PREVAILING David & Scott Brunton 12 55kg 94
14 YOU THINK SO (NZ) Michael Kent 15 54.5kg 93
15 BACKBONE Michael Kent 22 54kg 82
16 BREHAT (GB) Anthony Freedman 24 54kg 82
17 ELUSIVE KING Peter G Moody 17 54kg 89
18 FLASHY FELLA (NZ) Michael Moroney 20 54kg 85
19 FORTUNEFIVEHUNDRED Anthony Cummings 31 54kg 70
20 GEE GEE’S BOSS John Luttrell 32 54kg 70
21 GEE GEES BEAUTY John Luttrell 35 54kg 61
22 GEEJAYHAITCH Walter McShane 27 54kg 78
23 HURDY GURDY MAN Darren Weir 16 54kg 91
24 KENJORWOOD Darren Kenny 30 54kg 72
25 KUTCHINSKY Danny O’Brien 18 54kg 88
26 LUCKY ANGEL Tony Vasil 21 54kg 84
27 MARDEN (IRE) Chris Waller 23 54kg 82
28 NORTH LODGE Chris Crook 28 54kg 76
29 POWER BROKER (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 29 54kg 75
30 READINGS David Hayes 25 54kg 80
31 ROCK ROBSTER David Hayes 26 54kg 78
32 SKIP TO THE MOON Rhonda Hall 34 54kg 67
33 SUCCESS DOSTTA David & Scott Brunton 2 54kg 84
34 TESTA JESTA John Luttrell 33 54kg 70
35 WESTSOUTHWEST (NZ) Robert Smerdon 19 54kg 87