2015 Ballarat Cup Field and Barrier Draw Confirmed

A talented and capacity field of eighteen has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured 2015 Ballarat Cup (2200m); highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Spring Carnival’s standout stayers and several previous winners at the highest level of racing.

Junoob has been confirmed in the 2015 Ballarat Cup final field. Photo: Steve Hart

Junoob has been confirmed in the 2015 Ballarat Cup final field. Photo: Steve Hart

Robert Smerdon has set Ungrateful Ellen for an appearance in the 2015 Ballarat Cup and is confident the talented mare is in peak order for the race, who could very well receive the run of the race from barrier 7.

Posting two wins and a further five minors through 16 career starts so far, Ungrateful Ellen returned to racing this year for third in the Andy’s Earthmovers BM64 (1400m) before taking out the Anzac Centenary Cup (1600m) on April 16th.

Running a credible fifth in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m), the Grey Swallow mare progressed to third in the Group 2 SA Fillies Classic (2500m) before running a close second to Winx in the Group 2 Queensland Oaks (2200m).

Having run fourth in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) on October 2nd, Ungrateful Ellen has since also finished fourth in the Montague Tree Plate (2000m) and Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) and will relish a return to 2200m.

Leading trainer Chris Waller will launch a two-pronged attack on the feature race after confirming both Junoob and Index Linked in the Ballarat Cup field.

Claiming ten wins and nine minors through 43 career starts, Junoob is yet to hit peak condition this time but is sure to relish the conditions of a country cup.

Placing fifth in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) on September 5th, the Haafhd gelding failed to fire when 12th in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) nor when ninth in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m), but responded well in running on for second in the Listed Club Cup (2400m) on October 17th.

Index Linked was simply outclassed when eleventh in the talent-rich Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) last start but is sure to be given a great ride towards redemption from Ben Melham in the Ballarat Cup.

A standout for Waller through the Brisbane Winter Carnival, highlighted by a close second in the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2200m) and success in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m), Index Linked returned this time for fifth in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) on September 19th.

Having run on for third in the Listed Cranbourne Cup (2025m) in his only other start prior to the Mackinnon Stakes, Index Linked should find a good position off pace from barrier 10 before launching a late charge.

Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir is also offered two good chances of success in the Ballarat Cup in Akzar and Tooleybuc Kid.

Akzar will have taken plenty of benefit from his most recent run in the Kyneton Cup (2000m) on November 4th and will leave from the ideal barrier 5.

Tooleybuc Kid ran fifth in the Group 3 Bendigo Cup (2400m) last time out on October 28th and should have no issue in dropping back to 2200m for the 2015 Ballarat Cup.

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2015 Ballarat Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 084×750920 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 6 60kg 105
2 105216×530 INDEX LINKED (GB) Chris Waller Ben Melham 10 59.5kg 104
3 x684x4x803 PRINCE CHERI (FR) David Vandyke Mark Zahra 13 57kg 99
4 2124138110 DIGITALISM John Sadler Michael Dee (a) 12 56kg 97
5 3755×00774 AKZAR (IRE) Darren Weir 5 55kg 95
6 6184183005 CRAFTY CRUISER Bryce Stanaway Jye McNeil (a) 4 55kg 95
7 4651060×00 TANBY Mick Cerchi Dean Holland 17 55kg 95
8 21143×9755 TOOLEYBUC KID Darren Weir 15 55kg 95
9 146×074440 MAYGROVE Murray Baker Patrick Moloney (a) 9 54.5kg 94
10 3510×08720 PONDAROSA MISS (NZ) Jason Bridgman James Winks 3 54.5kg 98
11 08712×0000 SONNTAG Henry Dwyer Chris Symons 16 54.5kg 94
12 x452x78624 SYSMO (FR) Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 18 54kg 92
13 30×4098035 DON DOREMO (NZ) Robbie Laing Craig Robertson 8 54kg 90
14 5182424855 LORD DURANTE Simone Ferchie Darren Gauci 11 54kg 89
15 15443×5063 MUJADALE Paul A Jones Stephen Baster 2 54kg 88
16 31532×8444 UNGRATEFUL ELLEN Robert Smerdon Craig Newitt 7 54kg 85
17 x049429711 ZAYAM (FR) Matthew Smith Vlad Duric 1 54kg 80
18 x0x7872447 WALES Richard Laming 14 54kg 72


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