2013 Grafton Cup Field Announced – Capacity for Centenary

A classy capacity field of stayers is accepted to face off in the 100th edition of the Clarence River Jockey Club’s premier event with the Grafton Cup 2013 acceptances closing today.

Destiny's Kiss

Winter Cup winner Destiny's Kiss has drawn a horror gate for the 2013 Grafton Cup this Thursday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Lighting up Grafton Racecourse this Thursday, July 11, the $150,000 Listed Dougherty Constructions 100th Grafton Cup (2350m) features a full 16 starters plus three emergencies lying in wait.

Heading the field in the number one saddlecloth with 59kg is the Peter Moody-trained import Voila Ici (barrier 10) coming off a second to Zennista in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) on June 29.

Caloundra Cup winner Zennista then follows in the Grafton Cup field and weights on 57kg, the Lisa Latta-trained Kiwi raider in gate eight with her last start winning jockey Damien Browne retaining the ride.

At the sunshine coast the Zenno Rob Roy mare carried 55kg to victory and must be at her best with the two kilo increase for the Grafton classic this week.

Also on 57kg is then Fiumicino (barrier 7), the rising Zabeel 10-year-old a brave second in the Listed Winter Cup (2400m) in the mud at Rosehill last Monday when second with a big 59kg.

Winter Cup winner Destiny’s Kiss is also accepted for a Grafton Cup re-match with 56kg, Joe Pride’s consistent Power Of Destiny gelding suffering an early blow with gate 17.

They will come into 14 should all three emergencies fail to gain a start which is still a big ask after they had a lovely run from barrier four in the Winter Cup with 55.5kg.

Other notable Grafton Cup hopefuls drawing out in the carpark for Thursday’s feature then include the Ciaron Maher-trained Group performer Mr O’Ceirin (19) and Zar Zar Binks (18).

Zar Zar Binks is one of the locally-trained hopefuls, Bindi Cheers’ progressive Zariz three-year-old coming off a gutsy win in the Grafton Cup Prelude (2120m) from last week.

The Grafton Cup Prelude victory followed a four and a half length winning effort by the up-and-coming gelding in the Murwillumbah Cup in the mud, the barrier the only thing going against them for their acid test this week.

Cheers also accepted for her Casino Prince three-year-old Phrases who drew barrier three but who looks unlikely of gaining a start as the third emergency.

Other notable chances that are assured of a spot in the starting 16 then include the Gai Waterhouse-trained Reuben Percival (barrier 12), Michael Moroney’s Caloundra Cup fourth placed Shenzhou Steeds (barrier 15) and Peal Of Bells drawn ideally in barrier four.

Peal Of Bells will gallop between races at their home course at Kembla Grange on Tuesday in front of Racing NSW stewards to prove their fitness before being allowed to run on Thursday.

The Gwenda Markwell-trained gelding was in flying form when winning the Stayers Cup over the two miles by seven lengths at Randwick last month but was well below par when beaten nearly 24 lengths finishing dead last in the Winter Cup.

The full 2013 Grafton Cup field, barriers, jockeys and weights are listed in the table below.

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2013 Grafton Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Grafton Race 7 – 3:53pm (AEST) – 11/07/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 400×007352 VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody Glen Colless 10 59kg 103
2 217×274331 ZENNISTA (NZ) Lisa Latta Damian Browne 8 57kg 103
3 3750×70102 FIUMICINO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 7 57kg 99
4 635×644211 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Christian Reith 17 56kg 97
5 41x520x616 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher Blake Shinn 19 56kg 97
6 9272239×55 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 12 55.5kg 96
7 660×070118 PEAL OF BELLS Gwenda Markwell Tim Clark 4 54kg 93
8 30×4075024 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney Eddie Wilkinson 15 54kg 93
9 132×708818 ANAGOLD Bryan Guy Anthony Pattillo 11 54kg 91
10 5545×51234 DEVISED Tim Donnelly John Kissick (a) 6 54kg 85
11 415×800990 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Timothy Bell 9 54kg 84
12 32846×6857 RAEBURN Brian Smith Ryan Wiggins 1 54kg 83
13 76x550x077 YULALONA Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 14 54kg 81
14 1366312311 ZAR ZAR BINKS Bindi Cheers Matthew Paget 18 54kg 79
15 3811255065 DAZZLE US Bruce W Hill Jim Byrne 16 54kg 78
16 43×0813132 PIAZZA SAN PIETRO (NZ) Bede Murray Ms Kathy O’Hara 2 54kg 77
17e 8×88853108 TRAJET Liam Birchley Robert Thompson 13 54kg 76
18e 06×0851112 HANDSOME DANE Owen Glue Brenton Avdulla 5 54kg 73
19e 133512117 PHRASES Bindi Cheers 3 54kg 65