Akzar Heads 2014 Warrnambool Cup Field

Darren Weir’s veteran galloper Akzar looks the one to beat in Thursday’s Warrnambool Cup 2014, the rising eight-year-old shooting for their fourth win of the year.


Akzar has opened favourite to win Thursday's 2014 Warrnambool Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

In flying form the Selkirk gelding is topping the early markets for this week’s $200,000 Listed Sungold Milk Warrnambool Cup (2350m) despite having come up with the outside draw.

A capacity field of 16 starters plus four emergencies has been accepted for the Warrnambool major, favourite Akzar to jump from the widest barrier with Brad Rawiller in the saddle.

Set to carry 57kg they go up three kilos from the weight they had on their back when second last time out to Our Voodoo Prince in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) when blocked for a run at Caulfield on April 19.

Before that they were a second at Flemington on the back of three straight wins.

They get a chance to return to the winners’ stall again here and atone for their failed run in last year’s Warrambool Cup when a distant 13th to Banco Mo 12 months ago.

The David & Scott Brunton-trained reigning Warrnambool Cup winner Banco Mo meanwhile is back to defend their title as the 59.5kg top-weight on Thursday.

A now six-year-old Tough Speed gelding, Banco Mo carried 58kg to a big five length win over Muirfield in last year’s race.

This time they’ve got the bigger weight and also a disappointing last start seventh after over racing in the Easter Cup in the lead-up.

They’re still one of the single figure fancies in the Warrnambool Cup odds however and won’t be without their admirers as they go back up in distance.

Last year’s Warrnambool Cup third placegetter Shiny Buttons is also in the mix again this year, a stable mate of the favourite Akzar.

Drawn in gate 13, into nine if all the emergencies come out, the Reset seven-year-old was last seen running second in a 2000m handicap out at Donald.

The next best in betting behind Akzar meanwhile are Westsouthwest and first emergency St Jean.

The Robert Smerdon-trained Westsouthwest is a last start winner having beaten home Beilveau over the mile and a half at Caulfield on April 12 with 54kg which they carry again here.

St Jean meanwhile needs an early scratching to earn a start, but the bookies are taking no chances with the Aaron Purcell-trained local stallion.

Purcell has also accepted for his consistent six-year-old Haylaman who won at Cranbourne two back before their second to Gottino, another runner backing up in Thursday’s clash, in the Terang Cup.

Other notable hopes then include Reset four-year-old Shoreham coming off an Easter Cup fifth, the Peter Gelagotis-trained son of Fastnet Rock Havasstan and Wez Hunter’s Bendigo Golden Mile runner-up Bel Thor.

See below for the complete Warrnambool Cup 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2014 Warrnambool Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Warrnambool Race 8 – 3:12pm (AEST) – 01/05/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 342111×537 BANCA MO David & Scott Brunton Ben Knobel 14 59.5kg 104
2 x16462x755 SHOREHAM Saab Hasan Chris Symons 15 57.5kg 100
3 0x60011122 AKZAR (IRE) Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 20 57kg 99
4 6783875×76 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher Steven Arnold 12 56.5kg 98
5 51340×2650 MOURINHO Peter Gelagotis Anthony Darmanin 19 56kg 97
6 9618×07208 HVASSTAN Peter Gelagotis Damien Oliver 10 55.5kg 96
7 6462120591 GOTTINO (NZ) Dan O’Sullivan Dean Yendall 18 54kg 93
8 4213×69209 BEL THOR Wez Hunter Ms Jackie Beriman (a), (late alt) 3 54kg 92
9 255x13x0x3 FIELDMASTER (NZ) Patrick Payne Ms Michelle Payne 1 54kg 90
10 P7x07987x9 VATUVEI Peter G Moody Ms Linda Meech 9 54kg 90
11 33217×5402 SHINY BUTTONS Darren Weir 13 54kg 89
12 32201×9031 WESTSOUTHWEST (NZ) Robert Smerdon Jack Hill 8 54kg 86
13 140254×312 HAYLAMAN (IRE) Aaron Purcell Ryan Maloney 6 54kg 82
14 0710038×97 SUPREMACY (NZ) Russell Cameron Dean Holland 17 54kg 82
15 6224613×04 PICTURE EDITOR (GB) Michael Moroney Darren Gauci 16 54kg 81
16 4114252625 MAGNAPAL Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Ms Nikita Beriman 4 54kg 78
17e 316342×412 ST JEAN (IRE) Aaron Purcell Stephen Baster 2 54kg 76
18e 3951245202 BELIVEAU Clinton McDonald 5 54kg 73
19e 51364820×8 CAROUN (IRE) Patrick F Ryan Ms Jamie Kah (a) 7 54kg 73
20e 7776461827 LUCKZAT (NZ) Wayne Walters 11 54kg 67


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