Signoff Tops 2016 Adelaide Cup Weights & Odds

Darren Weir’s smart six-year-old Signoff is the headline nominee for the Adelaide Cup 2016 heading the entries, weights and early betting markets for the Morphettville two mile classic next Monday.

Signoff

2016 Adelaide Cup top weight Signoff is favourite to win the two mile classic after success in the Lord Reims Stakes at the track. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

A total of 25 stayers make up the nominations for this season’s $400,000 Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m), including two from the Melbourne Cup winning stables of Weir.

Heading the Adelaide Cup weights allocated 59kg is Authorized gelding Signoff who is undefeated at the Morphettville track.

Fourth in his only other 3200m run behind upset winner and stablemate Prince Of Penzance in last November’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup, Signoff was last seen winning the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) over the weekend.

He blitzed his rivals carrying 57kg to an impressive six and a half length win as the odds-on favourite in the traditional Adelaide Cup lead-up.

Now he shoots for the double in the Group 2 on Monday, March 14, and he pays around $2.30 in futures Adelaide Cup betting at bookies around the country.

He is followed in the weights and all-in Adelaide Cup odds by stablemate Real Love (55.5kg) who is hot on his heels in the early markets.

Formerly prepared in Perth, the five-year-old Desert King mare also won her last start over 2600m defeating Dandy Gent by a more conservative quarter-length in the Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) on the weekend.

This followed a third in Moonee Valley’s Listed Torney Cup (2500m) from February 19, a race stablemate Signoff finished second to Swacadelic in.

Third in this January’s Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m), Real Love is yet to be tested over the two miles or run in Adelaide.

The third heaviest weighted Adelaide Cup nominee this autumn is the local Richard Jolly-trained Kushadasi (54.5kg) who is out to atone for a Lord Reims seventh.

A winner of six of his 14 starts at the track, Jolly’s Choisir gelding’s last win was in the Rain Lover Stakes (1800m) carrying 58.5kg back in early February.

Following the Lord Reims Stakes form, the other best past the post were runner-up Celtic Prince and third placegetter Tunes who are also both nominated to take on Signoff again in next week’s Group 2.

Murray Bridge horseman Grant Young prepares O’Reilly six-year-old Celtic Prince who was $151 roughie in the Lord Reims and who gets in on the 53kg minimum in the Adelaide Cup rematch.

While he hasn’t won since November last year, he does have two mile form having run second to the now Chris Waller-trained Who Shot Thebarman in the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) in March of 2014.

Tunes is also a Young-trained stayer who comes off a string of top three runs.

The veteran Viscount seven-year-old hasn’t finished out of the money since New Year’s Day at Flemington and has a strong Morphettville record of two wins, three seconds and a third from seven starts at the track.

It is Dee I Cee however who is rated the best Adelaide Cup hope outside of Weir’s duo.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Sydney raider is currently 21st on the Adelaide Cup ballot order, the race having a field limit of 20 starters.

A lightweight hope in the feature, the four-year-old hasn’t run in Group company down under, only back in New Zealand.

He was fourth to Murray Baker’s subsequent Caulfield Cup (2015) winner Mongolian Khan in last year’s Group 1 NZ Derby (2400m) and was last seen finishing second over the same distance in Sydney on February 27.

The other best fancied hopes in the mix for next Monday are the Tony McEvoy-trained Last Wish (53kg) coming off a Moonee Valley 2500m win and Aaron Purcell’s Warrnambool-trained Swacadelic (53.5kg) who won the aforementioned Torney Cup.

See below for the full Adelaide Cup 2016 nominations and weights, the final field and barrier draw out on Thursday.

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2016 Adelaide Cup Nominations & Weights

Morphettville Racecourse – 14/03/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2314x8x121 SIGNOFF (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 1 59kg 105
2 8×17843331 REAL LOVE M 5 Darren Weir 2 55.5kg 102
3 x43x056107 KUSHADASI G 5 Richard Jolly 3 54.5kg 96
4 2x607x2236 GAMBLIN’ GURU G 5 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 4 54kg 95
5 6393621111 UP CUPS G 5 David Brunton 5 54kg 95
6 x000544x97 LIKE A CAROUSEL G 6 Ken Keys 6 54kg 95
7 11x36x7018 GO DREAMING G 6 Grant Kluske 7 54kg 95
8 7x8x900x77 CAFE SOCIETY (FR) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 8 54kg 95
9 4×88213821 SWACADELIC (GER) G 5 Aaron Purcell 9 53.5kg 94
10 6×52404193 BLACK JAG G 7 Chris Waller 10 53kg 92
11 71312×1824 JIM’S JOURNEY G 4 Peter F Blanch 11 53kg 90
12 0x17154134 LUCQUES G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 12 53kg 85
13 322×436170 STIMULATTE G 5 Gordon Richards 13 53kg 84
14 2411012223 TUNES G 7 Grant Young 14 53kg 84
15 7244720106 WALES H 6 Richard Laming 15 53kg 82
16 8x8514x711 LAST WISH (NZ) G 5 Tony McEvoy 16 53kg 81
17 946x7x9929 GALLATIN G 5 John Macmillan 17 53kg 81
18 5145434462 CELTIC PRINCE (NZ) G 6 Grant Young 18 53kg 81
19 64x6933x00 DISTILLATION G 8 Nick Smart 19 53kg 81
20 34×5526141 TIDY PROPHET M 5 Will Clarken 20 53kg 80
21 211246×32 DEE I CEE (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse 21 53kg 74
22 1336184483 PURPLE SMILE G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 22 53kg 74
23 16×4644101 PARADANZA M 6 Tony Noonan 23 53kg 71
24 x151042x45 BAYANOVA (NZ) M 5 Michael Kent 24 53kg 67
25 9×12872188 DANE HUSSLER M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 25 53kg 66

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