Weights have been released for one of the nation’s true staying tests, with the Group 2 $400,000 2013 Adelaide Cup (3200m) to take place at Morphetville on March 11.
Run over the Melbourne Cup distance of 3200m, the Adelaide Cup is a gruelling staying race that always attracts a quality field.
Forty three horses have been nominated for what is one of South Australia’s biggest races, with Victorian veteran Titch allocated the topweight of 59kg.
The eight-year-old has earned the topweight as a result of strong performances in his former home of New Zealand. Titch has won 15 of 51 starts including the Group 1 Auckland Cup in 2011.
Also due to carry big imposts if they make the trip to Adelaide are Shadows In The Sun (58.5kg), Tuscan Fire (58.5kg) and Shewan (58g).
Anthony Cummings’ gelding Shadows In The Sun is familiar with the Morphetville track, having taken out the Group 1 South Australian Derby in 2011.
Tuscan Fire has been in outstanding form this preparation, running second in the Mornington Cup Prelude before going one better to claim top honours in the Mornington Cup last start.
Dance With Her (57.5kg) has proven herself a genuine stakes stayer in the past 12 months, having won the Listed Warrnambool Cup and finished second in both the Group 2 Brisbane Cup and the Group 3 JRA Cup.
Perth Cup winner Talent Show will be asked to carry 57kg if he attempts a rare cups double after producing an upset win in Perth’s biggest staying race on New Year’s day.
Well weighted for the Adelaide Cup is four-year-old mare Bells Of Troy who has been allocated just 54.5kg.
The four-year-old mare is still relatively untapped but has won three of 10 starts and has not missed a place in her four most recent starts.
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Adelaide Cup 2013 Weights
|1||TITCH (NZ)||Kevin Myers||3||59kg||100|
|2||SHADOWS IN THE SUN||Anthony Cummings||4||58.5kg||99|
|3||TUSCAN FIRE||Dan O’Sullivan||5||58.5kg||99|
|5||DANCE WITH HER||David Brideoake & David Feek||1||57.5kg||101|
|6||TALENT SHOW||Graeme Ballantyne||2||57kg||100|
|7||HURDY GURDY MAN||Darren Weir||10||56kg||94|
|9||YOU THINK SO (NZ)||Michael Kent||9||56kg||94|
|10||MACEDONIAN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||12||55.5kg||93|
|11||FIELDMASTER (NZ)||Patrick Payne||13||55kg||92|
|12||BELLS OF TROY||Wendy Kelly||7||54.5kg||95|
|13||DAME CLAIRE (NZ)||Pat Carey||8||54.5kg||95|
|15||ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE)||Jim Smith||28||54kg||80|
|16||AGGREGATOR (NZ)||Michael Kent||37||54kg||72|
|17||BABY BOY||Ron Daniel||33||54kg||76|
|18||BOOM ’N’ ZOOM||Ken Keys||17||54kg||88|
|19||CLUB ROYALE||Lee Creek||20||54kg||85|
|20||DEALER PRINCIPAL||Dean Saxon||39||54kg||66|
|23||ENCHANTING WATERS||Michael Sell||15||54kg||90|
|25||GRAND DUCAL (IRE)||Eric Musgrove||31||54kg||77|
|26||HE’S HOT TO TROT||Mick Whittle||34||54kg||75|
|27||HEAVEN’S RICHES||Robbie Laing||30||54kg||77|
|29||LINKA (NZ)||Wayne Walters||41||54kg||62|
|30||LUCKY ANGEL||Tony Vasil||22||54kg||84|
|31||LUCKZAT (NZ)||Wayne Walters||42||54kg||62|
|32||MARY JO (NZ)||Wayne Walters||43||54kg||51|
|33||MONTGOMERY (NZ)||Colin & Cindy Alderson||16||54kg||88|
|34||MY EX MATE||Peter F Blanch||19||54kg||85|
|35||PRAECIDO (NZ)||Michael Hickmott||21||54kg||84|
|37||RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ)||Michael Moroney||26||54kg||82|
|38||RED SHIFT (NZ)||Pat Carey||36||54kg||72|
|40||ROCK ROBSTER||David Hayes||35||54kg||74|
|41||STREETS OF SEATTLE||John Moloney||24||54kg||84|
|42||UNCHAIN MY HEART||David Hayes||23||54kg||84|
|43||VITTORIA (NZ)||Michael Kent||32||54kg||76|