Grafton Cup 2017 Field & Barriers: Benzini New Top Weight

The non-acceptance of original top weight Destiny’s Kiss sees Kiwi raider Benzini head the 2017 Grafton Cup field and weights for this Thursday’s staying feature.

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Benzini carries top weight in Thursday’s 2017 Grafton Cup Field. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The Clarence River Jockey Club hosts its major racing carnival on Wednesday – Thursday this week, the action hitting fever pitch on Day 2 with the latest edition of the $160,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m).

While on Wednesday the Ramornie Handicap 2017 field drew a capacity line-up of sprinters, this year’s Grafton Cup field has drawn just 15 final acceptors.

One of the most notable non-acceptors is the Joe Pride-trained Australia Day Cup winner Destiny’s Kiss who was saddled with the 60kg top weight at nomination stage.

Pride, displeased by the hefty allocation, chose not to accept for the eight-year-old veteran whose latest run was a third in the Listed Winter Cup (2400m) at Rosehill on July 1.

The new 59kg top kilos now belongs to the Adrian & Harry Bull-trained New Zealander Benzini who is after his first win since the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm last year.

Hong Kong performed when sixth in the Vase that December and Group 1 placed at home over 2000m in March this year since then, Benzini has had four runs in Queensland this campaign.

The latest produced a sixth behind Supply And Demand in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) at the start of the month and the galloper gets the chance to turn the tables on his last start conqueror in the rematch on Thursday.

Caloundra Cup winner Supply And Demand carried 55.5kg to victory in the mile and a half feature at the Sunshine Coast and backs up in the Grafton Cup field chasing his fourth win on the trot.

The smart Sebring four-year-old has progressed quickly through the ranks this preparation, but faces another challenge as he rises notably up to 58.5kg meeting Benzini far worse in the weights on Thursday afternoon.

Also drawn the outside barrier (15 of 15) with Joshua Parr retaining the ride, Supply And Demand is prepared by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.

Waterhouse gets the chance to make history as the first female trainer to prepare four Grafton Cup winners should Supply And Demand get the job done.

The best weighted horse in the mix and a likely top fancy in Grafton Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is the Chris Waller-trained Montauk in barrier 12 with Corey Brown aboard the progressive four-year-old More Than Ready gelding.

Montauk comes off a brilliant second to Gallic Chieftain in the Winter Cup, which was his first look at the 2400m.

Now proven over the metres, he will relish the chance to go one better in the Grafton Cup results on the 54kg minimum weight again.

Former champion hoop Chris Munce also saddles-up a genuine winning hope with his Husson five-year-old First Crush who comes off a narrow win in the Grafton Cup Prelude (2215m) at the track on July 6.

First Crush drops down from 55.5kg in that lead-up victory to 54kg for the black-type feature and is out to do the double for the second time in as many years following the success of Rednav last winter.

See below for the complete Grafton Cup 2017 field, barriers, jockeys and weights before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to lock in the top winter racing odds and offers.

2017 Grafton Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Grafton Race 7 (4:05pm) – 13/07/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 256×234426 BENZINI Adrian & Harry Bull Ms Tegan Harrison 13 59kg 101
2 x251352111 SUPPLY AND DEMAND Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joshua Parr 15 58.5kg 100
3 2123245432 MONTAUK Chris Waller Corey Brown 12 54kg 89
4 742×966095 FELTRE Brian Smith Micheal Hellyer 3 54kg 86
5 1124117906 MORENDI Darren Graham Michael Cahill 2 54kg 84
6 2034183133 WAR BABY Kelvin Hickmott Larry Cassidy 10 54kg 84
7 140237×658 ANTON EN AVANT Stephen Lee Jim Byrne 7 54kg 84
8 x5023x7757 DANJEU (IRE) John P Thompson Blake Spriggs 14 54kg 83
9 8075166362 MORE ENERGY Jason Coyle Jeff Lloyd 8 54kg 78
10 x965692541 GET ON THE GRANGE Allan Kehoe Josh Adams 4 54kg 72
11 2213216321 FIRST CRUSH Chris Munce Robert Thompson 5 54kg 72
12 6852×31119 ALLZIN Graham Hoy Peter Graham 1 54kg 70
13 90×6780088 METEOROLOGIST Marcus Wilson Luke Rolls 11 54kg 67
14 x013315692 KILMARNOCK Lea Selby TBA 9 54kg 52
15 7725×98353 STRADAZZLE Wade Slinkard Ben Looker 6 54kg 51

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