Classy Mornington Cup 2013 Field Released

This Wednesday the mid-week racing action at Mornington will see the latest Melbourne Festival of Racing stakes showdown take place with the lucrative 2013 Mornington Cup stealing the show.

Reuben Percival

Reuben Percival is the 60kg topweight of the 2013 Mornington Cup field

Scheduled as Race 8 at 4:00pm (AEST) this year’s $350,000 Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) has drawn a capacity final field of 14 starters plus three emergencies.

The 60kg top-weight and top-rated entry is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Reuben Percival who has drawn midfield with barrier seven, Tommy Berry to ride.

The Al Akbar six-year-old is a genuine stayer whose biggest career performance so far was a third to stablemate Glencadam Gold in the Group 1 The Metropolitan over the mile and a half least October.

They have been racing well throughout the summer including a first-up second to Moriarty in the Gosford Cup and a last start third behind Shadows In The Sun in the Listed Australia Day Cup (2400m) at Warwick Farm on January 26.

Australia Day Cup winner Shadows In The Sun and runner-up Travolta are both also set to back-up in the Mornington Cup this week.

Anthony Cummings’ Dane Shadow gelding Shadows In The Sun, winner of the Group 1 SA Derby as a three-year-old back in 2011, won their first race since then with a drought breaking victory at the end of last month.

They will however have to carry considerably more weight in the Mornington Cup going up from 54kg to 59kg, Peter Robl retaining the ride.

Travolta, drawn ideally in barrier two with Vlad Duric riding, meanwhile is the second acceptor for Waterhouse, the Handsome Ransom four-year-old having been in top form since transferring from New Zealand to Sydney.

Sixth in last year’s NZ Derby the gelding has won two of their five starts down under and also posted a nice third in the Gosford Cup before their Australia Day Cup second.

Following Reuben Percival in the Mornington Cup weights are then three hopefuls on 59kg with the aforementioned Shadows In The Sun, Gerald Ryan’s Zabeel seven-year-old Ironstein coming off a Australia Day Cup sixth, and Titch.

Kevin Myers’ veteran Ballarat galloper Titch (barrier nine), like Shadows In The Sun, comes off a last start victory with the Lord Ballina eight-year-old having beat home Lordoftheparrots and subsequent Hobart Cup winner Hurdy Gurdy Man to win the Terang Cup over 2150m on February 3.

The other last start winners in the mix are then the in-form Pat Carey-trained Helenus four-year-old Durnford who will be ridden by Craig Williams from barrier 11 as they look to complete the Mornington Cup Prelude – Mornington Cup double, the Danny O’Brien-trained Kutchinsky coming off a Flemington victory over 2000m who has a horror gate 14 draw to overcome, and the first emergency Award Season who has won their past three races on the trot.

Other notable chances coming off some nice recent runs then include the Dan O’Sullivan-trained Prelude runner-up Tuscan Fire out wide in barrier 13 with Glen Boss in the saddle, Peter Moody’s Australia Day Cup fourth placed Macedonian and the Michael Kent-trained Mossman four-year-old Backbone with barrier three.

Check out the full 2013 Mornington Cup field, barriers, jockeys and weights in the table below.

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2013 Mornington Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Mornington Race 8 – 4:00pm (AEST) – 13/02/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 5×53927223 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 7 60kg 100
2 x453432706 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 10 59kg 98
3 x090x20841 SHADOWS IN THE SUN Anthony Cummings Peter Robl 5 59kg 98
4 990532×421 TITCH (NZ) Kevin Myers Ms Linda Meech 9 59kg 98
5 9097431375 FIUMICINO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 2 58kg 96
6 1646×18132 TRAVOLTA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Vlad Duric 4 56.5kg 93
7 34×3722112 TUSCAN FIRE Dan O’Sullivan Glen Boss 13 56.5kg 93
8 29x0x57354 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 6 56kg 92
9 6x35176x99 BUXTED (IRE) Sam Pritchard-Gordon Jake Noonan (a) 15 55.5kg 91
10 0813557084 DAME CLAIRE (NZ) Pat Carey Peter Mertens 17 55.5kg 95
11 9000x67x30 BOOM ’N’ ZOOM Ken Keys Stephen Baster 12 55kg 90
12 x2026x0121 DURNFORD Pat Carey Craig Williams 11 54kg 87
13 307×296821 KUTCHINSKY Danny O’Brien Craig Newitt 14 54kg 87
14 117149×213 BACKBONE Michael Kent Chris Symons 3 54kg 78
15e 72P6x24111 AWARD SEASON (IRE) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 8 54kg 78
16e 4665033512 ALTONIO (NZ) Pat Carey 16 54kg 76
17e x35x325212 ANGOLA Pat Carey 1 54kg 68