Sydney Cup Favourite Kelinni Heads 2013 JRA Plate Field

2013 Sydney Cup favourite Kelinni will have a final tune-up for Saturday week’s staying test in Saturday’s Listed 2013 JRA Plate (2000m) at Randwick.

Kelinni heads the JRA Plate field. Photo: Steve Hart.

The import heads a full field of 14 plus four emergencies where he will carry the topweight of 60kg.

Trainer Chris Waller said the five-year-old needs the run ahead of the 3200m Sydney Cup.

“He has just been one run behind all preparation which is through him coming back as a stronger horse, he came back a lot heavier,” Waller told TVN.

“I can’t see running on Saturday taking away his chances in the Sydney Cup, I think it will top him off nicely.”

After running fourth in the Melbourne Cup during the spring, Kelinni has only been solid this autumn but showed promising signs when fourth in the BMW.

He is one of of four Waller-trained runners in the JRA Cup field, joined by Hoylonny, Said Com and Lunayir.

Among the gelding’s main rivals on Saturday are mares Crafty Irna and Fibrillation who are both consistent performers at black-type level.

Heading into the race in good form but stepping up in class is Tony McEvoy’s French import Sysmo.

The lightly-raced gelding is coming off a mid-week win at Canterbury which was preceded by a second at Bendigo. He gets in with the minimum weight of 54kg.

Also in the field is Doncaster emergency Strike The Stars who is coming off a fifth-place finish to Lights Of Heaven in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes.

Others in the JRA Plate field include Wyong-based veteran Gazza Guru, Kris Lees’ import Pirate Bay and Craig Carmody-trained gelding Single.

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JRA Plate 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 41214×5964 KELINNI (IRE) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 10 60kg 105
2 212813×627 CRAFTY IRNA Ron Quinton Sam Clipperton (a) 3 56.5kg 102
3 x11254x034 FIBRILLATION Tim Martin TBA 12 56.5kg 102
4 21112×4262 HOYLONNY Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 2 56kg 97
5 13620×4483 SAID COM (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 9 55.5kg 96
6 4111×92586 SINGLE Craig Carmody Nathan Berry 6 55kg 95
7 3712931417 COURT CONNECTION Danny Williams Blake Shinn 4 54kg 93
8 19434×8128 LUNAYIR (FR) Chris Waller Corey Brown 1 54kg 93
9 857568×000 MAULES CREEK John P Thompson Craig Williams 7 54kg 93
10 4x8939x705 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings Peter Robl 16 54kg 92
11 333211×986 SCREAM MACHINE Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 8 54kg 87
12 238×805836 GAZZA GURU Stephen Farley Brenton Avdulla 14 54kg 84
13 3431×51330 SINDARIN Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 15 54kg 83
14 x131355x58 PIRATE BAY (GB) Kris Lees Christian Reith 13 54kg 82
15e x16x533x21 SYSMO (FR) Tony McEvoy Glyn Schofield 5 54kg 80
16e 6×60742835 OUR GIRL CHARLIZE Clarry Conners Craig Newitt 11 54kg 68