2015 Grafton Cup Field Features Kapour

Ciaron Maher’s last start Winter Cup winner Kapour is one of the headline final acceptors for the Grafton Cup 2015 field this Thursday at the Clarence River Jockey Club’s biggest race day.


Winter Cup winner Kapour backs up in the 2015 Grafton Cup this Thursday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Held on the second meeting of the two-day July Grafton Cup Carnival in New South Wales, this year’s $150,000 Listed Blanchard Haulage Grafton Cup (2350m) features 16 hopefuls.

Four are last start winners, most notably Maher’s Toylsome five-year-old Kapour who atoned for some poor recent form to win the Listed Winter Cup (2400m) at Rosehill on June 27.

Relishing a Heavy (8) track and the mile and a half, which he sees close to again this week, Kapour put an easy four and a half lengths on his closest rival Bonfire in the lead-up to Grafton.

In the Winter Cup the winner carried only 54kg with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle, McEvoy retaining the ride for the Grafton Cup where Kapour will go up two kilos to 56kg.

Heading the Grafton Cup field and weights with a hefty 59kg is then Gai Waterhouse’s Winter Cup runner-up Bonfire.

While Kapour has drawn well in gate six for the rematch, Bonfire has another tough test with the weight and an outside barrier 14 draw with Blake Shinn riding.

Shinn takes over for Danny Beasley aboard the imported Manduro six-year-old who ran a first-up fourth in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) before the distant winter stakes second late last month.

The next heaviest-weighted and also drawn wide with the outside barrier (16) is Bevan Laming’s Mornington Cup winner from March Banca Mo (58.5kg).

The veteran Tough Speed seven-year-old followed the Mornington Cup win with two unplaced Doomben runs before a good second to Danchai in the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) on June 13 and then a fourth when only one and a half lengths off Escado on the Gold Coast in the Group 3 Tatt’s Cup (2400m) on June 20.

Also coming via a good run in the Tatt’s Cup is Gerald Ryan’s Reset five-year-old Shoreham who ran second and crossed just a neck off the winner when carrying 55.5kg.

He goes up a kilo to 56.5kg on Thursday and will have Brenton Avdulla aboard from barrier four.

Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller meanwhile has a trio of Grafton Cup chances this winter led by the nicely-drawn Ipswich Cup winner Danchai (55.5kg) in gate two with Hugh Bowman booked for the ride.

The in-form son of Authorized backed up from the Ipswich success to finish third behind fellow Grafton Cup rivals Kapour and Bonfire in the Winter Cup last time out and will appreciate a firmer track than the Heavy (8) that day as he shoots for his first win over further than 2150m.

Waller’s two other runners are the rails-drawn Choisir six-year-old Reigning who won over 2000m two back before a third over 1900m behind Sir Mako last Saturday at Rosehill and imported mare Gosh.

Jumping from gate 10 on the 54kg minimum this week, Peintre Celebre five-year-old Gosh was last seen crossing a distant fourth to Kapour in the Winter Cup and she’ll be looking to finish closer third-up at Grafton.

Other notable Grafton Cup hopes this year include Ruth Cooper’s Grafton Cup Prelude winner Mullet Man and runner-up in that same race Kingston Time drawn in barriers 12 and 7 respectively for the black-type final.

See below for the full Grafton Cup 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2015 Grafton Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Grafton Race 7 (3:55pm) – 09/07/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 32x2237x42 BONFIRE (GB) Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 14 59kg 100
2 4323210024 BANCA MO Bevan Laming Timothy Bell 16 58.5kg 99
3 73×6342582 SHOREHAM Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 4 56.5kg 95
4 204x00x861 KAPOUR (IRE) Ciaron Maher Kerrin McEvoy 6 56kg 94
5 89677×5313 DANCHAI (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2 55.5kg 93
6 368×612337 DARCI BE GOOD (NZ) Andrew Williamson Brad Pengelly 11 55.5kg 93
7 x6655x3413 REIGNING Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 1 54.5kg 91
8 4x54x66x94 GOSH (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 10 54kg 87
9 060×016160 NOISY OCEAN Bryan Guy Tommy Berry 15 54kg 87
10 1927908085 PHRASES Bindi Cheers Andrew Gibbons 3 54kg 85
11 9235912636 DREAM FOLK Gregory Hickman Ms Winona Costin (a) 5 54kg 80
12 7214×21221 MAURUS (GB) David Vandyke Jason Collett 13 54kg 78
13 2x76163x71 ARCHEAN (USA) David Vandyke Blake Spriggs 9 54kg 73
14 8546135401 MULLET MAN Ruth Cooper TBA 12 54kg 73
15 9145183342 KINGSTON TIME Paul Grills Ms Jodi Worley (a) 7 54kg 70
16 0587111124 RAPIDUS (NZ) Bindi Cheers Raymond Spokes 8 54kg 69


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