2017 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Field & Barrier Draw

A talented and capacity field of sixteen runners plus two emergencies has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m); highlighted by the inclusion of several previous black type winners and some of the Autumn Carnival’s standout performers.

Mighty Lucky will carry topweight in Saturday's Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Mighty Lucky will carry topweight in Saturday’s Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Second in last year’s edition of the Hawkesbury Gold Cup, Mighty Lucky has been charged with overcoming a race-high 59kgs and will require luck in running after drawing into the field in barrier 13.

Posting a career total of nine wins and fourteen minors through forty-six starts, Mighty Lucky resumed last year for a smart win in the Royal Randwick BM100 (1400m) a fortnight prior to the Hawkesbury Gold Cup.

Having progressed to sixth in the Listed Scone Cup (1600m), the son of Casino Prince capped his preparation with a smart win in the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1615m) in Brisbane.

While failing to make much of an impact through four starts in spring, Mighty Lucky is sure to have taken benefit from a first-up run for fifth in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) and will be partnered by regular hoop Chris O’Brien on Saturday.

Godolphin will launch a strong a multiple-pronged attack in the feature race after John O’Shea confirmed four runners in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup field, including Havana Cooler and Spectroscope.

Kept to light duties in 2016, Havana Cooler resumed for a smart win in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) before placing third in each of the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m), Listed Lord Mayors Cup (2000m) and Listed McKell Cup (2400m).

Spectroscope has made only three starts in Australia so far, but is more than up to the class of the 2017 Hawkesbury Gold Cup field and should prove extremely tough to beat.

Delivering a smart field a comfortable defeat in the Schweppes BM89 (1350m) on March 11th, the son of Medaglia D’Oro repeated the effort in the Doncaster Prelude, but got too far back to make anything of an impact in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) last time out.

Chris Waller has confirmed three representatives in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup field, including Vanbrugh.

A Group 1 winner having taken out the 2015 edition of the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), Vanbrugh produced a number of strong results between lacklustre runs in 2016, but won the Group 3 Coongy Cup (2000m) most notably on October 15th.

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2017 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 261x7060x5 MIGHTY LUCKY Fred Cowell Chris O’Brien 13 59kg 105
2 x8390190x8 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith Jay Ford 14 58kg 103
3 0633x1333x HAVANA COOLER (IRE) John O’Shea Joshua Parr 4 58kg 103
4 9x549169x6 VANBRUGH Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 9 58kg 103
5 x1410110x0 FABRIZIO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jason Collett 1 56.5kg 100
6 x13433x110 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 5 56.5kg 100
7 1782×16330 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Ms Deanne Panya (a) 7 56.5kg 100
8 1223x460x4 PAJARO (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 11 56kg 99
9 4132x70x30 MARENOSTRO (NZ) Chris Waller Tye Angland 16 55.5kg 98
10 4740x0080x AUVRAY (FR) Richard Freedman Grant Buckley 8 54kg 95
11 65x782675x BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE) Chris Waller Christian Reith 6 54kg 95
12 x046741x09 JESSY BELLE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Corey Brown 15 53.5kg 98
13 1x821141x8 MOHER John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 2 53kg 92
14 x9x39906x5 RULING DYNASTY James Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 10 53kg 92
15 0013x70x31 KELLYVILLE FLYER Jason Attard 18 53kg 91
16 41x52493x2 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) John O’Shea Tommy Berry 17 53kg 87
17e 1139366×9 BELIEVE Anthony & Edward Cummings 3 53kg 85
18e 0x2231824x REIBY THE RED Jason Attard 12 53kg 74


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