Royal Rapture Tops 2016 Balaklava Cup Field & Weights

Royal Rapture is the highest-rated and weighted of the milers accepted for the Balaklava Cup 2016 field in South Australia this Wednesday.

Royal Rapture

The Darren Weir-trained Royal Rapture leads Wednesday’s 2016 Balaklava Cup field and weights in South Australia. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

An early highlight of the Adelaide Spring Racing Carnival, this season’s $100,000 Listed The Advertiser Newspapers Balaklava Cup (1600m) drew a capacity field of 16 starters plus the full six emergencies.

Running as Race 8 at 4:10pm (local) on Wednesday, the Balaklava Cup weights are topped by the Darren Weir-trained Royal Rapture with 59.5kg.

Harry Coffey is booked for the ride on the in-form Clangalang seven-year-old who has won his past three starts over the winter.

His latest saw him carry 55.5kg to a three length victory over 1500m at Moonee Valley.

Weir has Royal Rapture accepted for Wednesday’s race in SA, but has also thrown in a Moonee Valley nomination in Melbourne for the $250,000 Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) on Saturday.

If Royal Rapture doesn’t run at the mid-week meeting, the new Balaklava Cup top weight will be the returning Tony McEvoy-trained Big Memory (58.5kg).

Drawn wide with barrier 19 (into 15 with emergencies out), the French-bred Duke Of Marmalade gelding hasn’t raced since his second over 2530m at Flemington on Anzac Day.

The stayer is yet to win over less than 1800m, but had plenty of official placings at a mile with two seconds and a third from four runs over the distance.

In the autumn Big Memory also ran second at Bendigo in the Listed Golden Mile (1600m) and second in the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) so is a versatile galloper.

Also high up the weights are the Ken Sweeney-trained local Riziz (58kg) and the Mick Price-trained Melbourne raider Mighty Like (57.5kg).

Prepared at Morphettville, Zariz eight-year-old Riziz is an evergreen veteran coming off back-to-back seconds.

The first was in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) on August 6, while the last was on August 20 at Parks behind Rocket Commander in the Listed Penny Edition Stakes (1400m).

The Penny Edition was run on a Heavy (9) track and Riziz’s close effort showed he was likely to handle a mile without issue, dropping a kilo for Wednesday’s race.

Mighty Like will have Joe Bowditch aboard in the Balaklava Cup, the Host seven-year-old from Caulfield looking to atone for his 12th in the Penny Edition where he was unsuited to the track conditions.

The best out of the Penny Edition results accepted for the Balaklava Cup field is the Will Clarken-trained third placed mare Cavaloce.

The six-year-old daughter of Testa Rossa crossed three lengths off the winner and has form at Wednesday’s track (3-1-1-0).

Before the Penny Edition she ran fourth in the Spring Stakes and won earlier races in Adelaide in July.

She also drops from 57kg last start to the 54kg minimum this week and has Jamie Kah back in the saddle replacing her Penny Edition Stakes hoop Shayne Cahill.

One of the other in-form runners is the David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Petrology, the Fastnet Rock five-year-old coming off a fourth to Royal Rapture at Flemington over 1700m from early August.

Before that he ran second in the Listed Winter Championship (1600m) at the same track as a 41/1 roughie, the former Group 2 Sandown Guineas winner and Group 1 performer racing outside of Melbourne for the first time this week.

Other notable hopes include Penny Edition Stakes fourth placegetter Go Dreaming, the Richard Jolly-trained Alcohol, Jim’s Journey who ran fourth in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) over the autumn and Jolly’s in-form mare Our Exchange.

See below for the full Balaklava Cup 2016 field, barriers, jockeys and weights with betting to open shortly at our preferred online sportsbook Ladbrokes.com.au.

2016 Balaklava Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Balaklava Race 8 (4:10pm) – 31/08/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 4543217111 ROYAL RAPTURE Darren Weir Harry Coffey 8 59.5kg 100
2 x486x8222x BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy Damien Thornton 19 58.5kg 98
3 4x290x9422 RIZIZ Ken Sweeney Todd Pannell 5 58kg 97
4 951630×150 MIGHTY LIKE Mick Price Joe Bowditch 12 57.5kg 96
5 x695918024 PETROLOGY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Matthew Neilson 4 56.5kg 94
6 6x701893x4 GO DREAMING Grant Kluske Justin Potter 1 56kg 93
7 319×098243 ALCOHOL Richard Jolly Jake Toeroek 6 55.5kg 92
8 4x241537x0 EXCITES ZELADY Chris Bieg Ryan Hurdle 10 55.5kg 92
9 12x18244x6 JIM’S JOURNEY Peter F Blanch Dom Tourneur 21 55.5kg 92
10 7809x11x47 LIGHTINTHENITE Marilyn Smith Clare Lindop 18 55.5kg 92
11 6216×03200 BY THE GRACE Andrew Noblet TBA 17 54.5kg 90
12 5×54124211 OUR EXCHANGE Richard Jolly Matthew Poon (a) 14 54kg 90
13 6224328015 FLOW METER John Hickmott Ms Georgina Cartwright (a) 9 54kg 88
14 x4638x1143 CAVALOCE Will Clarken Ms Jamie Kah 15 54kg 85
15 230×454523 LITTLE AKIE Brian Mueller Jason Holder 13 54kg 85
16 12×4114152 VICTORY DOWNS Sue Jaensch Ms Emily Finnegan (a) 11 54kg 85
17e 4×49143232 MAGIC CONSOL Paul Preusker Dean Holland 22 54kg 82
18e 120×521933 AUTUMN SUNSET Dennis O’Leary Ben Claridge 7 54kg 76
19e 423136×192 KARLOVASI Richard Jolly Paul Gatt 2 54kg 74
20e 5241343111 DEVON Kylie Mckerlie Brandon Griffiths (a) 3 54kg 74
21e x831149397 EIGELSTEIN (GB) Grant Young TBA 20 54kg 73
22e 28×8712513 ZIPNOTIZED Wayne Francis & Glen Kent Ms Eran Boyd (a) 16 54kg 69

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