Adelaide Cup 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

A capacity 20-horse field has been named to contest the Group 2 $400,000 2013 Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphetville on Monday.

Tuscan Fire has drawn barrier 16 for the Adelaide Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Favourite for the gruelling staying test is Ballarat-based gelding Tuscan Fire who faces the tough ask of carrying 58.5kg from barrier 16.

The six-year-old has had an excellent lead-up, winning the Mornington Cup last month before finishing third in the Roy Higgins Quality at Flemington on Saturday.

Drawing far better in barrier nine is Danny O’Brien-trained gelding Kutchinsky ($6.50) who won the Roy Higgins Quality.

O’Brien is hoping Saturday’s black-type victory can be the start of getting him back to the heights he tasted as a three-year-old when he won at Group 3 level and placed in the Group 1 Queensland Derby.

Roy Higgins Quality runner-up Dame Claire will be out to exact revenge on Kutchinsky and has drawn favourably in barrier seven from where she will carry 54.5kg.

Perth Cup winner Talent Show has travelled east to chase a rare cups-double and trainer Graeme Ballantyne is confident after she finished runner-up in the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes on Saturday.

“She pulled up very well, as good as can be expected. It should just top her off for the Cup,” Ballantyne said.

Talent Show will carry 57kg from barrier 11.

Lord Reims Cup winner My Ex Mate is one of the best local hopes but his chances could be stifled by a forecasted 38 degree day in the South Australian capital.

Trainer Peter Blanch emphasised the importance of cool conditions for the gelding following Saturday’s win.

“All we need now is a nice cool day and if we get it we’ll do South Australia proud,” Blanch said.

Others in the Adelaide Cup field include last-start Listed winner You Think So, Launceston Cup runner-up Lucky Angel and last year’s third placegetter Norsqui.

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Adelaide Cup 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 0532x421L3 TITCH (NZ) Kevin Myers Ms Linda Meech 12 59kg 100
2 x372211213 TUSCAN FIRE Dan O’Sullivan Glen Boss 16 58.5kg 99
3 8774244152 TALENT SHOW Graeme Ballantyne Jarrad Noske 11 57kg 100
4 x5007x7264 NORSQUI Walter McShane Chris Symons 6 56kg 94
5 3918111521 YOU THINK SO (NZ) Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 18 56kg 94
6 9x0x573543 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 15 55.5kg 93
7 7×29682151 KUTCHINSKY Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 9 55kg 92
8 1355708462 DAME CLAIRE (NZ) Pat Carey TBA 7 54.5kg 95
9 0311116435 WARATONE Kylie Huxtable Dwayne Dunn 8 54.5kg 91
10 117×007301 MY EX MATE Peter F Blanch Dom Tourneur 17 54kg 94
11 470x0x0266 ENCHANTING WATERS Michael Sell Craig Robertson 14 54kg 90
12 4×55238284 CLUB ROYALE Lee Creek Ms Holly McKechnie 4 54kg 85
13 3322141242 LUCKY ANGEL Tony Vasil TBA 1 54kg 84
14 0006141110 DISTILLATION William Smart Simon Price 5 54kg 83
15 96×6146610 DUMOSA Barry Brook Ms Amy Herrmann 10 54kg 82
16 9234112142 READINGS David Hayes Paul Gatt 2 54kg 78
17 4452118234 BABY BOY Ron Daniel Jason Holder 19 54kg 76
18 322364×877 HE’S HOT TO TROT Mick Whittle Ms Amy Herrmann 3 54kg 75
19 77537×2555 RED SHIFT (NZ) Pat Carey TBA 20 54kg 72
20 215×902733 RILELILMAG Barbara Marshman TBA 13 54kg 68