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