2016 Pakenham Cup Field and Barrier Draw Completed

Fourteen stayers have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Listed Pakenham Cup (2500m), following the completion of a barrier draw for the Victorian feature race this morning.

Swacadelic has been confirmed in the 2016 Pakenham Cup field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Swacadelic has been confirmed in the 2016 Pakenham Cup field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Pilote D’essai stormed home to win the Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) a fortnight ago, and has been confirmed by the Lindsay Park operation in the 2016 Pakenham Cup field.

Beginning his career in France under the guidance of prominent trainer Andre Fabre, Pilote D’essai was purchased and transferred to the care of David Hayes and co. at the conclusion of a smart 2015 campaign.

Resuming this time for consecutive second-place finishes in the VRC Member Daniel Maher Handicap (1400m) and Westar Trucks Isuzu Handicap (1500m), the Oasis Dream entire placed fifth in the talent-rich Spring Is The Season Handicap (1700m) on September 10th before again running second in the Alannah Hill BM90 (1600m).

Failing to make anything of an impact when ninth in the Twitter Trophy (1800m) on Crown Oaks Day, Pilote D’essai’s dominant win last time out suggests that he will be extremely difficult to beat on Saturday, particularly after drawing into the Pakenham Cup field in barrier 3.

Swacadelic is stepping back in distance into the Pakenham Cup field, but should find a good position off the early pace from barrier 9.

Posting a career total of five wins and a further seven minors through thirty-one starts, Swacadelic has undoubtedly found his best condition through a busy 2016 racing calendar.

Winner of the Listed Torney Night Cup (2500m) most notably earlier this year, the Adlerflug gelding took a few runs to return to peak condition this time, but ran on well for fifth in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) on October 19th.

Progressing to fourth in the Prince Of Penzance Plate (2800m) on Melbourne Cup Day, Swacadelic was last seen finishing a close second behind Qewy in the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) on November 2nd.

Nigel Blackiston is unsure if Desert Jeuney will get the trip in the Pakenham Cup, but the gelding has drawn into the race ideally in barrier 4 and will be given every chance with only 57.5kgs in tow.

Clearly needing the run when twelfth in the Listed Paris Lane Handicap (1400m), before he also failed to beat a runner home in the Listed Sale Cup (1600m), Desert Jeuney savaged the line for third in the Listed James Boag’s Premium Stakes (1800m) on November 1st.

Failing to handle the late pace when thirteenth in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) on November 12th, the Desert King gelding ran on well for seventh in the Ballarat Cup last time out.

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2016 Pakenham Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 402846×224 PUCCINI (NZ) Wayne Walters Stephen Baster 7 60kg 100
2 4x1x225291 PILOTE D’ESSAI (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss (a) 3 58kg 96
3 x4740x0080 AUVRAY (FR) Darren Weir 14 57.5kg 95
4 06x0x08307 DESERT JEUNEY Nigel Blackiston 4 57.5kg 95
5 519125×679 LORD VAN PERCY (GB) Darren Weir 10 56.5kg 93
6 34×6400542 SWACADELIC (GER) Aaron Purcell Craig Williams 9 56kg 92
7 4x1x326x16 LITTLE WHITE CLOUD (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ms Katelyn Mallyon 13 54kg 85
8 1339316101 CINNAMON CARTER Robbie Laing Jake Bayliss (a) 11 54kg 84
9 x576x90848 CRAFTY CRUISER Bryce Stanaway Jye McNeil (a) 5 54kg 84
10 1323x9x965 THUNDER TEDDINGTON (GB) Jason Warren Craig Newitt 2 54kg 80
11 22911×4109 SLY ROMANCE (NZ) Richard Laming Ben Allen (a) 6 54kg 76
12 029×962386 TRANSFER ALLOWANCE Peter Roche Chris Symons 8 54kg 75
13 29×0944793 ARIANNE (NZ) Pat Hyland 1 54kg 70
14 21x2297x56 PLATYPUS DUCK Erin Maher 12 54kg 65


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