Peter Moody’s Stradbroke Handicap winning mare Mid Summer Music is set to make her new season debut at Warwick Farm’s Chipping Norton Stakes Day meeting this Saturday as one of nine returning gallopers in a 10-horse 2013 Liverpool City Cup field.
Set to run one race before the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes, this year’s edition of the $125,000 Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) is shaping up as a crack showdown with nine of the 10 acceptors having their first run of the autumn.
Heading the field with the 59kg topweight is Oamaru Force seven-year-old Mid Summer Music, Group 1 winner of the Stradbroke Handicap last Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
She was last seen winning the Listed Kevin Heffernan Stakes over this distance at Sandown back in November and will be ridden by Josh Parr from gate seven for her first-up start.
Moody is hoping Mid Summer Music shows good early form this time in, enough to earn her a shot at the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 20 for which she is currently rated around a $67 chance for.
Other notable returning gallopers in the Liverpool City Cup mix include last start Villiers Stakes winner All Legal, the now John O’Shea-trained Bagman to be ridden by James McDonald, Guy Walter’s Super Jet mare Skyerush, the Peter Snowden-trained Scone Cup winner Raspberries and Gai Waterhouse’s Wyong Gold Cup champ Julienas.
Boasting the fitness edge on Saturday meanwhile is the only horse to running first-up here, the Chris Waller-trained Riva De Lago.
After a win at Rosehill in January by 2.5 lengths the Encosta De Lago five-year-old backed up a month later to carry 58kg to victory at the same track and distance (1400m) on February 16, Riva De Lago to relish the drop back to 55kg in the Liverpool City Cup.
Also after their third straight win is then Jason Coyle’s returning Excites four-year-old Scream Machine to be ridden from the far outside barrier with regular rider Kathy O’Hara in the saddle who won back-to-back races at Rosehill over 2000m and 1900m in December.
Check out the full 2013 Liverpool City Cup field, barriers, jockeys and weights in the table below.
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2013 Liverpool City Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw
Warwick Farm Race 5 – 3:35pm (AEST) – 09/03/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||2919x8731x||MID SUMMER MUSIC||Peter G Moody||Joshua Parr||7||59kg||110|
|2||058x61671x||ALL LEGAL||Kevin Moses||Glyn Schofield||6||56.5kg||101|
|3||335x31152x||BAGMAN||John O’Shea||James McDonald||4||56.5kg||101|
|4||182x23442x||SKYERUSH||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||5||56kg||104|
|5||3881x4063x||RASPBERRIES||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||3||55kg||102|
|6||3180x3212x||JULIENAS (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Jim Cassidy||2||55kg||98|
|7||1006×23511||RIVA DE LAGO||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||1||55kg||98|
|8||34212x010x||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Ms Robyn Freeman-Key||9||54kg||94|
|9||7544x8939x||STRIKE THE STARS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||8||54kg||94|
|10||9x6333211x||SCREAM MACHINE||Jason Coyle||Ms Kathy O’Hara||10||54kg||87|