Small WJ McKell Cup 2013 Field Released

The final field for the 2013 WJ McKell Cup in Sydney this weekend has been released with just eight of the original 15 entries accepting for the Royal Randwick black type.


Motivado is one of the top chances in a small 2013 WJ McKell Stakes field this Saturday. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

Scheduled to run as Randwick Race 4 at 2:05pm (AEST) this year’s $100,000 Listed Dodo Electricity McKell Cup (2400m) lost a number of its early nominees to races in other states including the Chris Waller-trained Moriarty who will instead run in Brisbane’s $125,000 Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m).

Waller will still be represented in the McKell Cup field however with the 58kg topweight Permit, the six-year-old coming off a fifth in the Lord Mayors Cup, who has drawn gate six with Blake Shinn to ride.

Following Permit in the WJ McKell Cup weights is then Peter Moody’s Victorian galloper Vatuvei (57.5kg) on the rails in barrier one with Joshua Parr booked for the mount.

The Reset four-year-old hasn’t won a race since the Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) on Cox Plate Day last October but looked competitive in the Lord Mayors Cup when fourth.

The headline hopeful meanwhile is the David Hayes-trained European import Motivado in gate two with Chad Schofield in the saddle.

The Motivator gelding is a Melbourne Cup 2013 prospect for the spring having won just their second start down under on May 11 in the Group 3 Queen’s Cup (2500m) at Morphettville.

Also in the mix are the likes of the consistnet Tony McEvoy-trained Reset gelding Sky Raider (barrier eight) and Anthony Cummings’ Lord Mayors Cup third placegetter Strike The Stars (barrier three) who has also accepted for the Premier’s Cup at Doomben.

Check out the official McKell Cup 2013 field, barriers, weights and hoops below then visit for the hottest odds on all the weekend’s racing.

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2013 WJ McKell Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Randwick Race 4 – 2:05pm (AEST) – 25/05/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 050×452295 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 6 58kg 99
2 3810×77704 VATUVEI Peter G Moody Joshua Parr 1 57.5kg 98
3 4313750×70 FIUMICINO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 4 55kg 93
4 4x08144x51 MOTIVADO (GB) David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 2 54.5kg 92
5 3246×41632 SKY RAIDER Tony McEvoy Adam Hyeronimus 8 54.5kg 92
6 8939×70503 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings 3 54.5kg 92
7 3x985407x7 WINNING GLORY (NZ) David Payne Yusuke Ichikawa (a) 5 54kg 87
8 5343324640 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Sam Clipperton (a) 7 54kg 76