Ballarat Cup Field 2013 Released

A capacity field has been accepted to face off in the 2013 Ballarat Cup in Victoria this Sunday with 18 confirmed starters plus two emergencies lying in wait.


Last year's runner-up Pelicano is back for a shot at the 2013 Ballarat Cup this Sunday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Set to run as Ballarat Race 8 at 4:19pm (AEST), the $200,000 Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) is shaping up as an open affair with plenty of livewire chances.

The Ballarat Cup field is led by two 60kg equal top weights with the Darren Weir-trained Hurdy Gurdy Man and Tony McEvoy’s recent Murray Bridge Gold Cup winner Pelicano.

Hurdy Gurdy Man has drawn the extreme outside barrier and will be ridden by Brad Rawiller who shoots for a fourth straight Ballarat Cup win.

Rawiller enjoyed his first win in the feature back in 2010 with My Bentley before continuing his success with Domesky (2011) and King Diamond (2012).

The horse Rawiller rode to victory in the Cup 12 months ago, the Jarrod McLean-trained King Diamond, was not accepted for despite having been among the nominations earlier in the week.

Court Of Jewels gelding Pelicano meanwhile has been accepted for and is looking to improve on their close second when defeated by a mere nose in last year’s race.

As mentioned above they will carry a big 60kg, a full six kilos more than their 2012 Ballarat Cup weight.

Another recent country cups champ in with a shot on Sunday is then the Bill & Symon Wilde-trained Constant Force (barrier nine).

The veteran Jeune seven-year-old improved on some disappointing early spring runs when going to Kyneton on November 6 to win the Kyneton Cup (2000m) with Dean Yendall, staying on for this weekend, aboard.

Kyneton Cup runner-up Cornell is also in the mix for the Ballarat Cup, Anthony Freedman’s son of Elusive Quality likely to jump one of the top fancies.

Two back Cornell enjoyed a Horsham Cup win over 1800m despite having over-raced in the middle stages, then went down by the barest of margins when stepped up to the 2000m for the first time in 18 months for the Kyneton edition.

Also set to start among the better backed Ballarat Cup hopes are the likes of the Gai Waterhouse-trained Montjeu four-year-old The Offer, formerly prepared in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien, and Michael Moroney’s High Chaparral gelding Garud.

Garud drops back in class here after a last start sixth to Precedence in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington on November 9, and how they handle the shorter distance will be key.

Other notable chances include Kyneton Cup fourth placed You Think So, the David Hayes-trained Unchain My Heart who won the Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m) back in May and Durnford for Pat Carey.

See below for the complete Ballarat Cup 2013 field, barriers, jockeys and weights with betting to open at our preferred bookie shortly.

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2013 Ballarat Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Ballarat Race 8 – 4:19pm (AEST) – 24/11/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 31Px001515 HURDY GURDY MAN Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 20 60kg 101
2 118×448716 PELICANO Tony McEvoy Ben Melham 13 60kg 101
3 3211×50063 WHISPER DOWNS David Hayes Nicholas Hall 19 59kg 99
4 82533×7280 ROTHERA Brian Smith Stephen Baster 16 58kg 97
5 805274×881 CONSTANT FORCE Bill & Symon Wilde Dean Yendall 9 56kg 93
6 11152104×4 YOU THINK SO (NZ) Michael Kent Vlad Duric 14 56kg 93
7 4331414×08 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes Craig Newitt 12 55kg 95
8 0x25x54512 CORNELL Anthony Freedman Daniel Moor 6 54.5kg 90
9 x345x32356 GARUD (IRE) Michael Moroney Glen Boss 17 54.5kg 90
10 2120×90005 DURNFORD Pat Carey 8 54kg 89
11 2x424x0081 FLASHY FELLA (NZ) Michael Moroney Damian Lane 4 54kg 86
12 00x38x6423 ISOPACH Barry & Glen James Ms Nikita McLean 18 54kg 85
13 61251×9102 QUICK SHAKES Simon Morrish Dwayne Dunn 1 54kg 85
14 1x0x860162 HORNETS’ NEST (GB) James J Mcnamara Ms Holly McKechnie 3 54kg 84
15 8x1x006x32 THE OFFER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 11 54kg 83
16 439×071003 SUPREMACY (NZ) Russell Cameron Jake Noonan 5 54kg 82
17 0247263324 BIA DIAMOND Darren Weir Ms Michelle Payne 2 54kg 80
18 21261×6740 ANGOLA Pat Carey 10 54kg 76
19e 31431×5421 USE THE LOT Sharna Valli Ibrahim Gundogdu 7 54kg 75
20e 9517211433 HANNAFORD Robbie Laing 15 54kg 73


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