2013 Brisbane Cup Field & Barrier Draw Released

This Saturday a bumper field of stayers will bring the Stradbroke Handicap Day racing action to a close with the final race of the card, the Brisbane Cup 2013, attracting a capacity number of runners.

Voila Ici

Voila Ici is the top weight of the 2013 Brisbane Cup field on Saturday. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Due to run as Eagle Farm Race 9 at 4:20pm (AEST) the $300,000 Group 2 Croser Brisbane Cup (2400m) features a capacity field of 18 starters plus five emergencies in one of the most exciting line-ups in years.

While the reigning Brisbane Cup winner Lights Of Heaven is not in the mix again this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival their ace Victorian-based trainer Peter Moody will still be represented vying for back-to-back wins with Voila Ici.

The imported Daylami eight-year-old may have had a lovely lead-up run when a close third beaten under a length in the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) last Saturday but they have a number of things going against them this weekend including their 59kg top-weight and also a wide barrier 18 draw.

Eagle Farm Cup winner Quintessential meanwhile will vie for the same double Lights Of Heaven achieved 12 months ago when the in-form John Sargent-trained Fast ‘n’ Famous mare backs up Saturday.

The four-year-old is after her third win on the trot having also taken out the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2100m) in the mud at Eagle Farm on May 11, the former New Zealander proving to be a specialist at the track having also won the Queensland Oaks here last year before her second in the Queensland Derby on Stradbroke Day.

Following Voila Ici in the 2013 Brisbane Cup field and weights meanwhile is the Bart Cummings-trained Precedence (58.5kg) who won the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) last start.

Premier’s Cup runner-up Less Is More (53kg) and third placed Zennista (53.5kg) are also both also in the mix this weekend, the two lightweight chances with work to do from wide gates drawn in barriers 19 and 22 respectively.

Along with Precedence and Quintessential there the other last start winner ready to line up in the Brisbane Cup is the Hawkes-trained veteran Zabeel gelding Fiumicino (56kg) drawn ideally in gate two.

Despite being a rising 10-year-old Fiumicino proved they still had what it takes to win when putting three lengths on their rivals to take out the Listed WJ McKell Cup (2400m) on a Heavy (8) Randwick track on May 25.

There’s certainly plenty of depth in the field too with other notable Brisbane Cup hopes including the local Brian Smith-trained Chairman’s Handicap runner-up Rothera (barrier five), last year’s New Zealand Oaks winner Miss Artistic in the far outside gate and Sam Kavanagh’s Monsun gelding Midsummer Sun getting the final assured spot with the No. 18 saddlecloth as they look to improve on their last start 13th in the Premier’s Cup.

“He just got fired up early, got pulling and choked himself down,” Kavanagh said of Midsummer Sun’s last run.

“It’s just one of those things – a total forget.

“He’s got a bridle with a tongue control on now and that’ll help. We’ll ride him a little bit quieter and allow him to settle and hit the line. The horse could not be in better shape.”

Check out the full 2013 Brisbane Cup field, barriers, weights and jockeys in the table below.

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2013 Brisbane Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Eagle Farm Race 9 – 4:20pm (AEST) – 08/06/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 62400×0073 VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody Glen Colless 18 59kg 106
2 06493×6851 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings Hugh Bowman 9 58.5kg 105
3 23411×5514 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 21 58kg 104
4 056×525311 QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ) John Sargent Damian Browne 14 57.5kg 107
5 313750×701 FIUMICINO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 2 56kg 100
6 24166×4956 LIGHTINTHENITE John O’Shea Glen Boss 13 56kg 100
7 5354341×82 ROTHERA Brian Smith Ryan Wiggins 5 56kg 100
8 1254×03420 FIBRILLATION Tim Martin Brenton Avdulla 11 54.5kg 101
9 1706×35068 ZURELLA (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Kerrin McEvoy 6 54.5kg 101
10 48630×4075 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney Eddie Wilkinson 16 53.5kg 95
11 57217×2743 ZENNISTA (NZ) Lisa Latta Leith Innes 22 53.5kg 99
12 21101424×0 SAVANAH RUSH (NZ) Lauren Brennan Mark Du Plessis 1 53kg 94
13 x68996x060 SHAMARDASHING John P Thompson Chris Munce 7 53kg 94
14 764×375620 MISS ARTISTIC (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Jim Byrne 23 53kg 93
15 74×9413166 MARGINS Ben Currie Timothy Bell 8 53kg 91
16 2116×48724 VERDANT (GB) Robert Smerdon Michael Walker 10 53kg 91
17 41x348x012 LESS IS MORE (FR) David Vandyke Peter Robl 19 53kg 90
18 135955×110 MIDSUMMER SUN (GB) Sam Kavanagh Christian Reith 17 53kg 89
19e 4415×80099 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Michael Cahill 4 53kg 89
20e 3×44237108 GOLD CAPE John Wheeler 20 53kg 84
21e 4138112550 DAZZLE US Bruce W Hill Craig Newitt 3 53kg 80
22e 28×8885310 TRAJET Liam Birchley 15 53kg 79
23e 1344×01063 I GOTTA FEELING (NZ) John Wheeler 12 53kg 79