Pelicano Ready for 2013 Werribee Cup Rematch

December 12, 2013

Pelicano Ready for 2013 Werribee Cup Rematch

A rematch with the horse that they beat home one spot at Ballarat last start, Hurdy Gurdy Man, is on the cards for the Tony McEvoy-trained Pelicano in the Werribee Cup 2013 this weekend.

Pelicano

Pelicano will carry 5.5kg more than the weight they carried to fifth last year in Sunday's Werribee Cup 2013. Photo: Steve Hart.

On November 24 Court Of Jewels five-year-old Pelicano ran a brave second in the wet when beaten by The Offer in the Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m).

They carried 60kg to the winner’s 54.5kg for that run, an equal weight with the equally brave third placed Hurdy Gurdy Man from the local stables of Darren Weir.

Now the duo is set to face off again, both carrying 60kg again, in the $120,000 Listed TAB Werribee Cup (2600m) on Sunday.

They’re drawn beside each other in the 10-horse field too with Pelicano (5), set to be ridden by Luke Nolen, one inside of Hurdy Gurdy Man (6).

The Angaston-based McEvoy is looking forward to Sunday’s showdown and believes Pelicano has what it takes to improve on their Ballarat run and take out the Werribee Cup for their fourth stakes victory of 2013.

They’re after their second provincial cup win in three starts too having also taken out the Listed Murray Bridge Gold Cup (1600m) from the outside barrier, 16, back in mid-October whey carrying 59kg.

The only query however could be how they handle the step up to 2600m, a distance they haven’t seen since last year’s Werribee Cup.

Last summer they came off a narrow Ballarat Cup second when defeated just a nose by King Diamond to finish one and three quarters of a length away fifth as the beaten odds-on ($1.75) favourite behind Unusual Suspect at Werribee.

It’s an effort McEvoy believes they will do better than this year despite Pelicano going up five and a half kilos from their Werribee Cup weight from 12 months ago.

“I thought his run in the Ballarat Cup this year was probably a bit better than last year considering the weight he had to carry on a heavy track,” McEvoy told Racing Victoria.

“He probably didn’t quite stay the 2600m in the Werribee Cup last year but in saying that he was only beaten a length-and-a-half so he wasn’t far away.

“Glen Boss gave him a beautiful ride but he was on the inside locked away and he just couldn’t quite build his momentum.”

One thing McEvoy is certain of is that barrier five is an ideal starting position for his horse.

“He’s been frustrated with wide barriers lately but he should get a nice run from there,” he said.

“I’m hoping that from the barrier Luke will be able to ride him really patiently and I’m really pleased with him going into the race.

“He’s done really well since Ballarat. He’s trained on beautifully and he’s a very fit horse. He’s just been doing long staying work and is really thriving.”

If all goes well and Pelicano proves they can handle the distance then McEvoy will consider backing them up in the $150,000 Listed Bagot Handicap (2800m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day.

When it comes to enjoying a Sunday punt on the Werribee Cup make sure you’re ready to lock in the top prices by opening an account with Ladbrokes.com.au – home of the $250 bonus sign-up offer!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field