Prince Of Penzance Included In 2014 Mornington Cup Field

Prince Of Penzance has been included in the 2014 Mornington Cup final field; with trainer Darren Weir electing to keep the progressive stayer in Victoria rather than head to Tasmania for the Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m).

Prince Of Penzance will be chasing his second straight win when he runs in the Mornington Cup this Wednesday.

Prince Of Penzance will be chasing his second straight win when he runs in the Mornington Cup this Wednesday. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

The Pentire gelding has performed strongly throughout his summer preparation, winning at Moonee Valley on December 28 by an impressive three lengths, and stamped himself as the favourite for the Mornington Cup with a tough win in the Listed Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m) at Caulfield on February 1.

Prince Of Penzance will jump from barrier three with regular jockey Michelle Payne on board this Wednesday and Weir told Racing Victoria that the four-year-old would head into the race in excellent condition.

“He’s come through his win really good; Michelle galloped him yesterday and he went well,” Weir said.

“The plan was put in process a long time ago to head to either the Mornington or Launceston Cup.

“Obviously if we did go to Mornington and he could qualify for the Caulfield Cup that would be a bonus.”

Another talented stayer taking winning form into the Mornington Cup is Gai Waterhouse-trained Travolta, who has returned to his best form during his summer preparation.

Travolta (barrier 12) scored his first race win in almost 12 months when he took out the Listed ATC Cup (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens and was narrowly denied a maiden win at Group level in the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) before having no luck when second in the Listed Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m).

The Handsome Ransom gelding returned to the winners stall with a victory in the Listed Australia Day Cup (2400m) at Royal Randwick on January 25, but will need to be at his very best if he is going to win the Mornington Cup with 60kg on his back on Wednesday.

Travolta is joined in the 2014 Mornington Cup field by stablemate Laidback Larry, who had an impressive winning streak ended by Prince Of Penzance in the Mornington Cup Prelude just after a week ago.

Laidback Larry (barrier seven) started his summer campaign with three straight victories, highlighted by a five and a half lengths win in the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick on January 1, and Waterhouse believes that the son of O’Reilly has the talent to be competitive at Group level.

Chris Waller also has multiple runners in the 2014 Mornington Cup field; with He’s Your Man (barrier nine) and Instrumentalist (barrier four) both chasing their maiden black type wins in Australia in the Listed race.

Instrumentalist has scored three race wins since starting his preparation in October, while He’s Your Man is chasing his first win since arriving in Australia after producing impressive performances in the George Watson Handicap (1400m), Craftsman Handicap (1720m) and the Mornington Cup Prelude.

Pat Carey (Durnford, Angola and Altonio) and Peter Moody (Oregon Spirit and Macedonian) will also have multiple runners in the $350,000 race pm Wednesday.

The 2014 Mornington Cup field is rounded out by New Zealand-bred stayer Gottino (barrier ten) and Robert Smerdon-trained Cooldini (barrier eight).

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2014 Mornington Cup Final Field And Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2242×81221 TRAVOLTA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 12 60kg 105
2 13121×7121 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) Darren Weir Ms Michelle Payne 3 55kg 95
3 3226×59182 OREGON SPIRIT Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 6 54.5kg 94
4 5901113×86 COOLDINI Robert Smerdon Glen Boss 8 54kg 93
5 6×06462120 GOTTINO (NZ) Dan O’Sullivan Ryan Maloney 10 54kg 91
6 x51625x234 HE’S YOUR MAN (FR) Chris Waller Craig Williams 9 54kg 91
7 0x90005725 DURNFORD Pat Carey Damian Lane 5 54kg 89
8 x942213141 INSTRUMENTALIST (IRE) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 4 54kg 88
9 3595113×89 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 2 54kg 88
10 x9161x1115 LAIDBACK LARRY (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 7 54kg 87
11 1×67403931 ANGOLA Pat Carey Chris Symons 11 54kg 83
12 5x8016P743 ALTONIO (NZ) Pat Carey James Winks 1 54kg 80


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