Hot Snitzel Tops Prime Minister’s Cup 2013 Field

Gerald Ryan’s last start Sydney winner Hot Snitzel will look to bring their good form to the Gold Coast this Saturday in the 2013 Prime Minister’s Cup on AD Hollindale Stakes Day.

Hot Snitzel

Sydney raider Hot Snitzel is the 2013 Prime Minister's Cup top-weight at the Gold Coast this Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

The talented Snitzel four-year-old leads a capacity field of 16 starters plus five emergencies for this year’s $175,000 Listed Carlton Draught Prime Minister’s Cup (1300m) which is due to jump as the Gold Coast Race 7 at 3:10pm (AEST).

They will carry the 59.5kg top-weight with Brenton Avdulla in the saddle from a wide barrier 14 draw, into 10 if all emergencies come out, Hot Snitzel having carried only 56.5kg to victory last start when winning the Group 3 Sebring Stakes (1200m) by two and a half lengths at Rosehill on April 6.

The multiple Group winner has an outstanding record in the sunshine state having thrived in Queensland as a juvenile back in 2011 winning a Listed race at the Gold Coast by six and a half lengths on this day two years ago.

From there they went on to run top three in three Group races in Brisbane including a three length win in the Group 2 Sires Produce (1400m) and their second in the Group 1 TJ Smith (1600m) – Ryan hoping they can reproduce that form this winter.

Along with Hot Snitzel the other major last start winner in the Prime Minister’s Cup field this year is the Noel Mayfield-Smith trained Famous Seamus who has come up trump with barrier three and Glen Colless to ride.

The Elusive City four-year-old enjoyed their sixth career win on April 20 at Eagle Farm beating home a similar field of rivals in the Listed Hinkler Handicap (1200m), an effort they will be looking to reproduce on the glitter strip.

Also coming via the Hinkler Handicap are the likes of the now Brent Stanley-trained God’s Own gelding Utah Saints (2nd), formerly with Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra, and Sunshine Coast galloper River Lad (3rd).

Prior to their Hinkler Handicap run Top Echelon five-year-old River Lad enjoyed back-to-back March wins firstly in the Carbine Club Gold Coast Stakes and then at Eagle Farm in the Listed Bribie Handicap – both over the 1200m.

Other highly-weighted PM Cup chances meanwhile are the likes of former Hong Kong champion Happy Zero (58.5kg) and Phelan Ready (57kg) who hasn’t won a race since the 2009 Golden Slipper.

Other notable hopes in the mix then include Pat Duff’s Bribie Handicap fourth placed Steel Zip and local Danbird four-year-old Morning Captain last seen winning at Eagle Farm back in January.

Check out the table below for the full 2013 Prime Minister’s Cup field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2013 Prime Minister’s Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Gold Coast Race 7 – 3:10pm (AEST) – 04/05/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 150x942x61 HOT SNITZEL Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 14 59.5kg 107
2 8053x950x0 HAPPY ZERO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Cahill 6 58.5kg 105
3 x1327x4113 RIVER LAD Natalie Mccall 9 57.5kg 103
4 2x010x6351 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith Glen Colless 3 57kg 102
5 3506x2237x PHELAN READY Jason McLachlan Damian Browne 7 57kg 102
6 7x52117x0x BELLTONE Kelso Wood Chris Munce 15 56kg 100
7 3507x128x4 STEEL ZIP Pat Duff Brad Stewart 2 56kg 100
8 103x0308x0 WILD AND PROUD David Pfieffer Luke Nolen 17 55.5kg 99
9 x32143251x MORNING CAPTAIN Kelly Doughty Jim Byrne 20 55kg 98
10 8x5735x852 UTAH SAINTS Brent Stanley Nathan Stanley 10 55kg 98
11 080x100x00 KING SAUL Kelly Schweida Ric McMahon 18 54.5kg 97
12 69x1811x59 MAHISARA Paul Messara Jim Cassidy 16 54.5kg 97
13 1211x514x6 FIRE UP FIFI Robert Heathcote Ryan Wiggins 1 54kg 97
14 0x612210x0 BIGGLES Noel J Doyle Tim Clark 11 54kg 96
15 307x2230x7 LATIN NEWS Bryan Dais Larry Cassidy 19 54kg 96
16 041x68996x SHAMARDASHING John P Thompson Nathan Berry 5 54kg 95
17e 0x609690x8 CELTIC DANCER Noel J Doyle Kirk Matheson (a) 21 54kg 95
18e 13333×9012 WAR ENDS Toby Edmonds 12 54kg 95
19e 030×421111 TOKAMAK Barry Lockwood Paul Hammersley 4 54kg 93
20e 9065x060x0 MR ARMSTRONG John P Thompson Ms Tegan Harrison (a) 8 54kg 87.5
21e 140x1115x0 DELAGO PILLI Graham Pollock 13 54kg 77.5