2016 Grafton Cup Field and Barrier Draw

A classy field of fifteen runners has been confirmed for Thursday’s featured 2016 Grafton Cup (2350m); highlighted by the inclusion of some of the winter’s standout stayers.

Index Linked has been confirmed in the 2016 Grafton Cup field. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Index Linked has been confirmed in the 2016 Grafton Cup field. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Leading trainer Chris Waller will have a representative in the feature race, after confirming Index Linked in the 2016 Grafton Cup field.

Index Linked has posted a commendable twelve race wins and ten minors through forty-three career starts so far, and while returning to racing for a forgettable twelfth in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m), responded well for second in the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) on April 16th.

Progressing to fifth in the Listed Mord Mayors Cup (2000m) before a luckless run for eighth in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) on May 28th, the Dansili gelding ran on for a credible fifth in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) before returning to winning form in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) on June 25th.

While failing to match the late pace when seventh in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) last time out on July 2nd, Index Linked should relish the conditions of the 2016 Grafton Cup.

Leading Queensland trainer Tony Gollan will launch a multi-pronged assault on the race after including both Amexed and Brave Ali in the 2016 Grafton Cup field.

Amexed stamped himself as a horse to follow through the 2014 edition of the Brisbane Winter Carnival, but was subsequently unlucky to miss more than a year of racing following a string of unfortunate ailments.

Taking out the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) during the 2014 winter, the Pentire gelding progressed to fourth in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) before running fifth in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).

Requiring a couple of runs to find form upon resuming this time, Amexed placed third in the Hot fm BM80 (1650m) on May 21st before returning to winning form in the Ipswich Provincial Stayers Cup (2150m) before repeating the dose in the Caloundra Cup last time out.

Brave Ali resumed this time for twelfth in the Listed Prime Minister’s Cup (1400m) on May 7th, before placing sixth in the Lord Mayor’s Cup three weeks later.

While failing to fire in Listed Wayne Wilson Mile (1600m) on June 11th, the O’reilly gelding ran on for fifth in the Tattersall’s Cup last time out.

A number of other notable runners have been confirmed in the 2016 Grafton Cup field, including Godolphin runner Malice and Teronado.

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2016 Grafton Cup Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 00×0258517 INDEX LINKED (GB) Chris Waller Rory Hutchings 3 60kg 104
2 250×953343 MALICE John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 8 57kg 98
3 2526×98113 FOREIGN PRINCE (NZ) David Payne Jason Collett 15 55.5kg 95
4 49×0319022 JUMBO PRINCE Michael Nolan Jim Byrne 6 55.5kg 95
5 0x69x60311 AMEXED (NZ) Tony Gollan Robbie Fradd 1 55kg 94
6 83x96x0605 BRAVE ALI (NZ) Tony Gollan Ms Tegan Harrison 10 54kg 89
7 61124×9744 JIAYUGUAN (IRE) John P Thompson Glyn Schofield 11 54kg 89
8 737662×002 TERONADO Bruce W Hill Robert Thompson 9 54kg 86
9 06328×8768 DREAM FOLK Gregory Hickman Grant Buckley (late alt) 2 54kg 83
10 x253146754 EGYPTIAN RULER Ken Lantry Andrew Gibbons 12 54kg 76
11 31×0825123 ALL CLEAR Noel Doyle Paul King 4 54kg 75
12 0x51638301 REDNAV Sally Taylor Peter Graham 13 54kg 71
13 09×6047163 SWIFT LADY (NZ) John Sargent Ms Winona Costin (a) 14 54kg 70
14 9151403688 KINGSTON TIME Paul Grills Ms Jodi Worley (a) 7 54kg 67
15 4×14168043 LIGHT MOTION Shane Everson Ms Cassandra Schmidt (a) 5 54kg 62

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