Voila Ici Heads 2013 Grafton Cup Weights

Weights for next week’s Grafton Cup 2013 have now been released with the Peter Moody-trained Voila Ici the highest handicapped of the 32 stayers entered for the centenary edition of the Clarence River Jockey Club’s showcase race.

Voila Ici

Voila Ici is the 59kg topweight for Thursday's Grafton Cup 2013. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Set to light up Grafton Racecourse on Thursday July 11, this year’s $150,000 Listed Dogherty Constructions 100th Grafton Cup (2350m) is shaping up as a cracker with a high class list of early entries.

Heading the early Grafton Cup weights with 59kg is progressive European import Voila Ici who comes off a brave second with a similarly large handicap (59.5kg) on a Heavy (9) track in the Caloundra Cup last Saturday.

The New Zealand-trained Caloundra Cup winner Zennista is also among the Grafton Cup nominations with trainer Lisa Latta opting to bypass the Queensland Cup over the two miles at Eagle Farm this Saturday in favour of the New South Wales feature.

Zennista is on 57kg for the Grafton Cup as one of the two next heaviest weighted hopefuls along with dual Group 1 winner Fiumicino.

The Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Fiumicino was brave in defeat in the mud at Rosehill on Monday when they carried 59kg to second in the Listed Winter Cup (2400m).

While the Hawkes have been very vocal over their disapproval of the veteran Zabeel nine-year-olds big weight there which they believe cost him the race, they should be happier as they go back two kilos for the Grafton Cup.

Winter Cup champ Destiny’s Kiss is another set to back up at Grafton, Joe Pride’s Power Of Destiny four-year-old getting in on 56kg.

Shooting for their third straight win following back-to-back Rosehill victories, Destiny’s Kiss had 55.5kg for their Winter Cup success and should be able to handle a half kilo rise without any problems.

Destiny’s Kiss is also one of three horses equal first on the Grafton Cup 2013 ballot along with Zennista and Zar Zar Binks.

The Bindi Cheers-trained Zar Zar Binks is guaranteed a run then and is extremely well weighted on the 54kg minimum.

A rising Zariz four-year-old Zar Zar Binks is so high up the order of entry as they managed to win the Grafton Cup Prelude (2120m) on Thursday which was her second on the trot following a massive 4.5 length effort in the Murwillumbah Cup.

Meanwhile there are just two other horses above the 54kg minimum with the Ciaron Maher-trained Mr O’Ceirin (56kg) and Gai Waterhouse’s Reuben Percival (55.5kg).

Other notable hopes getting in with the light weight then include Murwillumbah Cup runner-up Handsome Dane, De Fine Lago coming off a Moonee Valley win from last weekend and Peal Of Bells.

A seven length winner of the Stayers Cup (3200m) at Randwick two back, the Gwenda Markwell-trained Peal Of Bells was a shock dead last in the Winter Cup on Monday.

Beaten over 23 lengths Markwell put it down to the Heavy track and failing to be able to complete some crucial lead-up work because of other washed out trials around Sydney.

They were to back up on Saturday in the Listed Queensland Cup (3200m) at Eagle Farm but have been scratched from the race with a pending veterinary inspection before being cleared for the Grafton Cup.

Check out the full 2013 Grafton Cup nominations, ballot and weights in the table below.

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2013 Grafton Cup Weights & Ballot

Grafton Racecourse – 11/07/2013

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody 5 59kg 103
2 FIUMICINO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 6 57kg 99
3 ZENNISTA (NZ) Lisa Latta 1= 57kg 103
4 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride 1= 56kg 97
5 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 7 56kg 97
6 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 8 55.5kg 96
7 ANAGOLD Bryan Guy 1= 54kg 91
8 BID SPOTTER Toby Edmonds 13 54kg 86
9 BRAVE ALI (NZ) Craig Martin 23 54kg 71
10 BUFFETT (NZ) Bruce W Hill 24 54kg 70
11 CASTLEMAGNE KING Basil Ryan 29 54kg 63
12 CIRCLE OF FAME Ruth Cooper 31 54kg 59
13 DAZZLE US Bruce W Hill 19 54kg 78
14 DE FINE LAGO Tony Vasil 11 54kg 92
15 DEVISED Tim Donnelly 14 54kg 85
16 GOLD CAPE John Wheeler 18 54kg 80
17 HANDSOME DANE Owen Glue 22 54kg 73
18 LUCKY IMA CUGAT Steve Hodge 30 54kg 60
19 PEAL OF BELLS Gwenda Markwell 9= 54kg 93
20 PHRASES Bindi Cheers 27= 54kg 65
21 PIAZZA SAN PIETRO (NZ) Bede Murray 20 54kg 77
22 RAEBURN Brian Smith 16 54kg 83
23 RETUNE David Kelly 26 54kg 66
24 RHETORIC Maryann Brosnan 27= 54kg 65
25 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson 15 54kg 84
26 SHABANA Mark Lynch 25 54kg 67
27 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney 9= 54kg 93
28 TRAJET Liam Birchley 21 54kg 76
29 VOLCANIC TRADER John A Sprague 32 54kg 55
30 WORLD WIDE Bede Murray 12 54kg 90
31 YULALONA Peter Snowden 17 54kg 81
32 ZAR ZAR BINKS Bindi Cheers 1= 54kg 79