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.
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 Ladbrokes.com.au 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|
|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|
|19e||31431×5421||USE THE LOT||Sharna Valli||Ibrahim Gundogdu||7||54kg||75|