Brayroan Backs Up in Queensland Cup 2014 Field

The final field for Saturday’s 2014 Queensland Cup at Eagle Farm is now out with last Saturday’s Caloundra Cup winner Brayroan to back-up and shoot for the double.

The Inventor

Tattersall's Cup winner The Inventor races in Saturday's 2014 Queensland Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Barry Mitchell’s locally-trained Zabeel seven-year-old is one of a bumper 16 acceptors make up the field for the $150,000 Listed bmag Queensland Cup (3200m) this year.

Running as Eagle Farm Race 7 at 3:45pm (AEST) the two mile cup clash is shaping up as a beauty.

Brayroan improved on a disappointing 10th in the Ipswich Cup two back to score an upset over Brave Ali in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) at the Sunshine Coast last weekend and is on the seven day turnaround going into the Queensland Cup.

They carried 54kg with Chris Munce in the saddle last weekend but must handle more weight (55.5kg) with Munce staying on.

Saturday will be Brayroan’s second shot at the distance having run fourth to Caravan Rolls On in the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) last November when prepared by former trainer Anthony Cummings.

The Queensland Cup weights meanwhile are led by Shaune Ritchie’s New Zealand visitor Military Move with 58kg.

Damian Browne rides the Volksraad seven-year-old who has been racing down under since the start of May on the back of a Group 2 Awapuni Cup (2000m) second back home in March.

They won the Toowoomba Cup over 2150m at the start of last month but were beaten four lengths when second last (11th) behind The Inventor in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) last start on June 21 after getting caught wide.

Tattersall’s Cup winner The Inventor also runs in the Queensland Cup on Saturday, Bevan Laming’s in-form Danasinga five-year-old out wide in barrier 14 with flying apprentice hoop Tegan Harrison in the saddle.

Shooting for their third on the trot the galloper had 54kg in the Tatt’s Cup, just half a kilo less than the weight they’ll carry looking to make it a hat trick on the weekend having been set for this race all Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

Also coming off a win are the John Thompson-trained Queensland Derby 10th placed three-year-old Pop ‘N’ Scotch who took out a 2200m Class 2 at the Gold Coast on June 22 and unknown Beaudesert visitor Back To Abilene.

One of the most exciting additions to the Queensland Cup field this year meanwhile is the Sam Kavanagh-trained import Astro Avalanche.

Drawn on the rails where they’ll have to work to stay out of trouble in the big field, the Sydney-based Galileo gelding exploded in the Stayers Cup over the distance on June 7 at Randwick when a close second to Destiny’s Kiss.

It was a brave effort to hang on after jockey Taylor Marshall, the apprentice replaced by Ryan Wiggins on Saturday, took them out to lead by over 150m during the race.

With form over the distance, the ability to stay all day and an explosive turn of foot they’ll add some enthusiasm to the race for sure.

Other notable Queensland Cup acceptors this winter include the now Tony Newing-trained Chris Waller transfer Wazn coming off a fourth in both the McKell Cup and Stayers Cup, the in-form Darren Bell-trained four-year-old Eight’s A Party and Iggi Pop.

The complete Queensland Cup 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights are detailed in the table below.

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2014 Queensland Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Eagle Farm Race 7 (3:45pm) – 05/07/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 9110929610 MILITARY MOVE (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Damian Browne 9 58kg 100
2 046×069501 BRAYROAN (NZ) Barry A Mitchell Chris Munce 4 55.5kg 95
3 5716221811 THE INVENTOR Bevan Laming Tegan Harrison (a) 14 54.5kg 93
4 0168×07044 WAZN (IRE) Tony Newing Andrew Gibbons 15 54.5kg 93
5 15×4358867 RAEBURN Brian Smith Vinnie Colgan 16 54kg 86
6 15x8x9x602 ASTRO AVALANCHE (GB) Sam Kavanagh Ryan Wiggins 1 54kg 84
7 8614×47560 IGGI POP (NZ) John Sargent Jim Byrne 12 54kg 84
8 0201×86519 DODGING EDDIE Michael Nolan Skye Bogenhuber 6 54kg 79
9 1610×76140 CLONMACNOISE (NZ) Alan L Jones Glen Killen 8 54kg 75
10 2111×38022 EIGHT’S A PARTY Darren Bell Timothy Bell 3 54kg 74
11 884153101 POP ’N’ SCOTCH John P Thompson Ric McMahon 7 54kg 67
12 542×038733 MAJOR MAJOR Bryce Heys Glen Colless 13 54kg 66
13 221×536251 BACK TO ABILENE Robert Lyford Eddie Wilkinson 5 54kg 65
14 8684732149 ROCK THE PAC Lindsay Gough Anthony Allen (a) 10 54kg 63
15 565×533122 UNSPOKEN Ben Currie 11 54kg 61
16 6433225165 DUELLING GODDESS (NZ) Dean S Smith 2 54kg 54

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