The final field has been released for the Listed Bendigo Cup (2400m) this Wednesday, with a prize pool of $240,000.
A field of nine three-year-olds and up will contest the mile and a half race under handicap condition, led by the Mick Price-trained Count Of Limonade.
The Irish international has enjoyed plenty of success on home soil before making the trek to Australia in April with less-than stellar results.
The four-year-old has had five minor racing starts since then, finishing end of the field in his first four before winning the Moe Cup Open (2050m) his last time out. It was his first step up to 2000m distance, which the stayer clearly appreciated.
Count Of Limonade will get a good start in the 2014 Bendigo Cup after drawing barrier four with Glen Boss in the saddle but will need to overcome a topweight of 58kg, 1.5kg more than all eight of his rivals.
Peter Moody’s Ancient King will enjoy the inside run after drawing barrier one with Linda Meech to ride. The four-year-old gelding has had a busy year after starting down under in the Listed Yalumba Golden Mile (1600m) back in March. He over raced during the middle stages and finished midfield.
Since then Ancient King has had seven starts with mixed results. He finished third in the William Newton VC Handicap (2600m) in April before winning the Momentum Energy Smilepower Handicap Open (2800m) the following month.
Since then the gelding has finished end of the field including coming second last in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m), his first black level race in Australia, and the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m). He will now step down to listed racing.
Gai Waterhouse will have to overcome the widest start from barrier nine with her four-year-old horse Order Of The Sun.
One of only three Australian horses on the field, Order Of The Sun has won five of his 13 career starts including the #MoetMoment (2000m) last time out. He charged over after starting wide and kept rolling most of the race, getting plenty off the bit. He ran a fast time, finishing three lengths ahead of his rivals. If he can come over from his wide start again, he’ll be one to watch.
Robert Hickmott’s Massiyn, Tony McEvoy’s Kourkam, and Ken Keys’ Bring Something are all featured among the final field.
Check out the complete 2014 Bendigo Cup final field & barrier draw below.
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2014 Bendigo Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||321x67x061||COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE)||Mick Price||Glen Boss||4||58kg||98|
|2||x85317x800||ANCIENT KING (IRE)||Peter G Moody||Ms Linda Meech||1||56.5kg||95|
|3||042x50x604||MASSIYN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Chad Schofield||6||56.5kg||95|
|4||31x16x0260||ALI VITAL (NZ)||Robbie Laing||Vlad Duric||7||56.5kg||87|
|5||1708160×01||ORDER OF THE SUN||Gai Waterhouse||Kerrin McEvoy||9||56.5kg||86|
|6||49×2541340||SURPASS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Chris Symons||5||56.5kg||86|
|7||658118×091||BRING SOMETHING||Ken Keys||Luke Nolen||2||56.5kg||78|
|8||x42x17x115||KOURKAM (FR)||Tony McEvoy||Dwayne Dunn||8||56.5kg||77|
|9||23x600x331||CAVES||Danny Curran||Ms Nikita Beriman||3||56.5kg||65|