Metaphorical Tops 2016 Hobart Cup Field

Peter Moody’s visiting Victorian stayer Metaphorical headlines the Hobart Cup 2016 final acceptances for Monday’s Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival feature.


Peter Moody’s mare from Melbourne Metaphorical carries top weight in Monday’s 2016 Hobart Cup in Tasmania. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

Set to run as Hobart Race 7 at 4:35pm (local time), this summer’s $200,000 Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) has attracted a field of 15 gallopers.

Drawn wide in gate 14 for jockey Damien Oliver to overcome is the 58kg top weight from Melbourne, Dylan Thomas mare Metaphorical.

The five-year-old comes off a string of good summer runs including her Listed Lord Stakes (1700m) third at Caulfield on Boxing Day and a last start fourth over 2000m at Flemington on January 16.

She is right up in weights however and is yet to win over further than 2040m so faces a tough Tasmanian assignment on Monday.

The only other hopeful above the 55.5kg minimum in the Hobart Cup weights this year is the Stuart Gandy-trained Geegees Goldengirl (56.5kg) who has apprentice Sigrid Carr in the saddle from gate 11.

The Brighton-trained Wordsmith four-year-old is in top form this season having finished top three in her four most recent runs dating back to December 9 when runner-up to Admiral in the Listed Conquering WFA (1400m) at Launceston.

Since then the classy mare has run third in the Listed Tasmanian Stakes (1600m), won the Devonport Cup (1880m) on the Synthetic track and finished second last time out behind Up Cups over 2200m at the Hobart track in the Summer Cup.

Gandy has also accepted for Gee Gee’s La Quita (barrier six) who is an outside chance not having finished in the money since a 1400m Hobart win in September of 2014.

David Brunton’s Summer Cup winning five-year-old Up Cups also backs-up in the Hobart Cup on Monday looking to complete the double, the Helike gelding having also saluted over 2100m at the track two back.

Up Cups carried 59kg to victory last start and drops to 55.5kg this weekend with jockey David Pieres continuing is association.

Summer Cup third placegetter Player One is another in-form Hobart Cup hope this season, the Max Cowen-trained Host six-year-old beaten four lengths last time out.

Third in the Conquering WFA in December, Player One was also second to Up Cups on January 8 and is out to turn the tables having drawn nicely in barrier four for jockey Anthony Darmanin for round three.

Drawn nicely in gate two with star interstate and internationally performed hoop Craig Williams riding is the Chris Waller-trained Sydney galloper Quick Strike.

A four-year-old son of High Chaparral, the up-and-comer was last seen running fourth with 60kg on his back over 2406m at Caulfield on Boxing Day ahead of his Tasmanian debut.

Along with Up Cups the other last start winners are the Richard Laming-trained Redoute’s Choice stallion Wales (12) who saluted over 2040m at Moonee Valley on January 23 and Brendan McShane’s Magnus five-year-old Hugo (3) who won at Launceston over 2100m late last month.

Other notable hopes include Scott Brunton’s runner-up to Hugo last start Oerter with the outside alley to overcome, the John Blacker-trained Smoke ‘N’ Whisky who was third in the same lead-up and Settler’s Stone coming off a fourth.

See below for the full Hobart Cup 2016 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2016 Hobart Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Hobart Race 7 (4:35pm) – 08/02/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 43198×4334 METAPHORICAL Peter G Moody Damien Oliver 14 58kg 96
2 135×202312 GEEGEES GOLDENGIRL Stuart Gandy Ms Sigrid Carr (a) 11 56.5kg 93
3 x442134524 QUICK STRIKE Chris Waller Craig Williams 2 55.5kg 86
4 x71x996706 GEE GEE’S LA QUITA Stuart Gandy Ms Georgie Catania 6 55.5kg 85
5 7872447201 WALES Richard Laming Steven King 12 55.5kg 85
6 2263936211 UP CUPS David Brunton David Pires 8 55.5kg 82
7 154×213723 PLAYER ONE Max Cowen Anthony Darmanin 4 55.5kg 79
8 01223×4570 MISTER MONEYPENNY Glenn Thornton Boris Thornton (a) 10 55.5kg 76
9 754911×092 BELIVEAU Clinton McDonald Ms Michelle Payne 5 55.5kg 74
10 4124372251 HUGO Brendan Mcshane Bulent Muhcu 3 55.5kg 74
11 3481211347 AVENTADOR Barry Campbell Damien Thornton 13 55.5kg 73
12 8408×64032 OERTER Scott Brunton TBA 15 55.5kg 72
13 114×763223 SMOKE ’N’ WHISKY John Blacker Ms Kim Moore 9 55.5kg 72
14 x533212364 MILSON Julie Richards Luke Currie 1 55.5kg 67
15 1114×72644 SETTLER’S STONE Troy Blacker Jarrod Todd 7 55.5kg 67


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