Bonfire Tops 2015 Grafton Cup Nominations & Weights

Gai Waterhouse’s smart import Bonfire is installed as the 59kg top weight among the bumper crop of Grafton Cup 2015 nominations and weights for next Thursday’s July Carnival feature.

Bonfire (inside)

Bonfire (inside) is allocated the top weight for next week’s 2015 Grafton Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The headline race of the annual festival, this year’s $150,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) attracted 23 early entries with Manduro six-year-old Bonfire sitting top of the weights with 59kg.

After a first-up fourth in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m), Bonfire was last seen running second behind Kapour as the well-beaten favourite when four and a half lengths off the winner in the Listed Winter Cup (2400m) in the wet at Rosehill on June 27.

For both those runs the horse had the same 59kg he is allocated for next Thursday’s Grafton Cup where he will look to salute third-up for his first win over further than 2100m.

Following Bonfire in the Grafton Cup weights this winter are then the Bevan Laming-trained Banca Mo (58.5kg), Bagman (58kg) for Chris Waller and Brian Smith’s Jetset Lad (58kg).

Runner-up in the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) two back, Laming’s Tough Speed seven-year-old Banca Mo was last seen with 58.5kg on the Gold Coast when fourth behind Escado in the Group 3 Tatt’s Cup (2400m).

Fellow veteran, eight-year-old Easy Rocking gelding Bagman ran second over 2000m at Rosehill on June 13 and is down to run again this weekend only five days out from the Grafton Cup with the 60kg top weight in Caulfield’s $80,000 Spicer Thoroughbreds Handicap (2000m) in Melbourne.

Jetset Lad meanwhile ran fifth in black type over 1800m at home on the Gold Coast on June 20 after winning the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2200m) at Doomben the start before but will need to be improving going up from 53kg in Brisbane and 56.5kg at the Gold Coast if accepted for Grafton.

There are six last start winners among the Grafton Cup nominations this year including the Ciaron Maher-trained Kapour (56kg) who kept his trainer’s incredible winter winning streak going with a victory over Bonfire in the Winter Cup last weekend on a Heavy (8) track.

Also coming off a win is Waller’s Choisir six-year-old Reigning who beat Bagman home on June 13 with 54kg and who is allocated just half a kilo more for the Grafton showdown.

Along with Bagman and Reigning, Sydney’s premier trainer Waller’s other Grafton Cup nominees for 2015 are his recent Ipswich Cup winner Danchai (55.5kg) who ran third in the Winter Cup and imported mare Gosh (54kg) coming off a fourth in the same Rosehill lead-up.

Other notable Grafton Cup nominations include Ruth Cooper’s Grafton Cup Prelude winner Mullet Man who will get in well in the weights with just 54kg, the Gerald Ryan-trained Tatt’s Cup runner-up Shoreham (56.5kg), and the David Vandyke-trained duo of Archean and Maurus who are both last start winning four-year-olds up in class.

See below for the full 2015 Grafton Cup nominations and weights, the field and barriers out early next week.

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2015 Grafton Cup Nominations & Weights

Grafton Racecourse – 09/07/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 204x00x861 KAPOUR (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher 1= 56kg 94
2 89677×5313 DANCHAI (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 1= 55.5kg 93
3 1x6655x341 REIGNING G 6 Chris Waller 1= 54.5kg 91
4 8546135401 MULLET MAN G 5 Ruth Cooper 1= 54kg 73
5 32x2237x42 BONFIRE (GB) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 5 59kg 100
6 4323210024 BANCA MO G 7 Bevan Laming 6 58.5kg 99
7 35×7093062 BAGMAN G 8 Chris Waller 7= 58kg 98
8 400×408315 JETSET LAD (NZ) G 7 Brian Smith 7= 58kg 98
9 73×6342582 SHOREHAM G 5 Gerald Ryan 9 56.5kg 95
10 368×612337 DARCI BE GOOD (NZ) G 6 Andrew Williamson 10 55.5kg 93
11 x16x09x00x THOUGHT WORTHY (USA) G 6 Brett Cavanough 11 55kg 92
12 4x54x66x94 GOSH (IRE) M 5 Chris Waller 12= 54kg 87
13 060×016160 NOISY OCEAN G 6 Bryan Guy 12= 54kg 87
14 1927908085 PHRASES G 5 Bindi Cheers 14 54kg 85
15 9235912636 DREAM FOLK G 5 Gregory Hickman 15 54kg 80
16 7214×21221 MAURUS (GB) G 4 David Vandyke 16 54kg 78
17 0355×42141 IN MASQUERADE (NZ) M 4 Desleigh Forster 17 54kg 77
18 2x76163x71 ARCHEAN (USA) G 4 David Vandyke 18= 54kg 73
19 078×621965 MONACO DOLL (NZ) M 5 Toby Edmonds 18= 54kg 73
20 923×725575 LUCKY LIAISON G 6 Kristen Buchanan 20 54kg 72
21 9145183342 KINGSTON TIME G 6 Paul Grills 21 54kg 70
22 0587111124 RAPIDUS (NZ) G 6 Bindi Cheers 22 54kg 69
23 x022224423 DUELLING GODDESS (NZ) M 6 Dean S Smith 23 54kg 54

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