This Saturday at Moonee Valley’s Cox Plate Day it’s one of the last chances for a number of long-shot Melbourne Cup hopes to stake their claims for the November classic when they run in the 2013 Drake International Cup.
Running as Race 7 at 3:40pm (AEST) this year’s $250,000 Group 2 Drake International Cup (2500m) had drawn a final field of 11 hopefuls.
One of the most notable is the Peter Moody-trained Sneak A Peek who was last seen running a brave third to Seville in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on October 5.
The imported Doyen six-year-old was a competitive eighth in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival but was kept to the Sydney races earlier this prep this season.
They are now an outside chance for the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday November 5 currently sitting 43rd on the Melbourne Cup ballot with just 52kg.
It is a similar must-win-next-start-and-earn-hefty-penalty story for Moody’s other Drake International Cup acceptor Ibicenco.
Winner of the Sandown Cup over the two miles last spring they are 42nd on Melbourne Cup ballot also with only 52kg, horses needing at least 54.5kg to be considered for a start in the capacity 24-starter Melbourne Cup field.
Ibicenco is likely to be scratched from the Moonee Valley Cup on the weekend however as they are engaged to run today in the $300,000 Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m).
“One runs in the Geelong Cup, one runs in the Moonee Valley Cup,” Moody said of his Melbourne Cup-bound duo to the Herald Sun.
“And if they didn’t win them comfortably and comprehensively, they don’t deserve to be in the Melbourne Cup.”
Another Geelong Cup acceptor who is also in Saturday’s field as a back-up is the Nicky Henderson-trained Irish raider Forgotten Voice.
Missing out on a Caulfield Cup run as the first emergency, the hurdler and flat racing stayer is yet to run down under and is the one to beat in the Geelong Cup.
Robert Hickmott’s Zipping Classic winner from last November Tanby was also to run in the Geelong Cup today but was scratched from the race, to be run in the wet on a Heavy track, in favour of Saturday’s Moonee Valley clash.
The other more notable Drake International Cup acceptors then include the Bart Cummings-trained Precedence coming off a second in the Benalla Cup, Brian Smith’s last start Doomben 2200m winner Raeburn and the evergreen Darren Weir-trained nine-year-old Gotta Take Care who ran a flashing third to Araldo in the Listed The Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington earlier in the month.
The complete Drake International Cup 2013 field, barriers and weights are listed below.
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2013 Drake International Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw
Moonee Valley Race 7 – 3:40pm (AEST) – 26/10/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||31x53x0099||TANBY||Robert Hickmott||Steven Arnold||11||57kg||105|
|2||x8578x0543||SNEAK A PEEK (ITY)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||7||57kg||105|
|3||11211×0000||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||Michael Walker||2||57kg||96|
|4||11x412x11x||FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE)||Nicky Henderson||–||9||56.5kg||105|
|5||3x68519x02||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings||Craig Williams||3||56kg||102|
|6||1x730x0513||MOURINHO||Peter Gelagotis||Craig Newitt||4||56kg||100|
|7||41×5945180||IBICENCO (GER)||Peter G Moody||Brad Rawiller||6||56kg||102|
|8||5794244521||RAEBURN||Brian Smith||James McDonald||1||55kg||86|
|9||3541224113||GOTTA TAKE CARE||Darren Weir||–||5||55kg||96|
|10||4115×62141||MUJADALE||Paul A Jones||Stephen Baster||10||55kg||81|
|11||33213×1646||SHOREHAM||Saab Hasan||Chris Symons||8||54kg||98|