Grafton Cup 2020 Results: Top Weight Proves No Problem for Sixties Groove

July 9, 2020

Grafton Cup 2020 Results: Top Weight Proves No Problem for Sixties Groove

Seven-year-old Irish import Sixties Groove found himself back in the winner’s stall on Wednesday thanks to a brilliant ride from jockey Jason Collett in the Listed $200,000 Grafton Cup (2350m).

Sixties Groove (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) - Races.com.au

Sixties Groove (pictured at Flemington) carried topweight to victory in the 2020 Grafton Cup. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Despite being charged with 61kg, punters were still willing to back the old boy coming off a last-start second to stablemate Frankely Awesome in the Listed W J McKell Cup at Rosehill.

Last year’s Brisbane Cup winner struggled in his return to the races this prep finishing in the back half of the field in the Scone Cup, but he always looked a danger in Thursday’s Grafton Cup field with a pair of wins to his name over the distance.

The pace was set early on as Satono Rasen and La Pulga rolled forward, while Collett was left with plenty of work to do settling second-last seven lengths off the leaders.

As the pace quickened at the turn, Collett chose to make good use of the wide gate as the pair rolled over the top of the Chris Waller-trained The Lord Mayor to swoop in late at the line.

Sixties Groove was backed into $3.50 before the jump with another of Waller’s runners Carzoff the next best at $4.60 under big race specialist Glen Boss.

The win marked the first Grafton Cup for this season’s NSW Premiership leading trainer Lees, while Sixties Groove also broke a new weight record with no horse having previously won over 58.5kg.

“It was a big effort with the weight he was carrying and it hasn’t been done [in that race] for years,” Lees told the Newcastle Herald.

“It was a great ride. It was just that will to win, to get out in the clear and then charge to the line. I thought we were going to run a nice second or third, but he just put the head down.”

The Lord Mayor did well to stick on for second paying $2.80 a place, while Carzoff made up ground late for third to round out the 2020 Grafton Cup trifecta.

Sixties Groove now heads to the paddock for a well-deserved rest ahead of a potential spring return targeting the Group 3 $200,000 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) on September 18 and or Group 1 $750,000 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick on Epsom Day.

Current all-in 2020 The Metropolitan betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au list the Grafton Cup winner at $41 and are available in full here.

2020 Grafton Cup Results

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) Kris Lees Jason Collett 12 61kg $3.50F
2 5 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller Lee Magorrian 0.22L 9 56kg $9
3 2 CARZOFF (FR) Chris Waller Glen Boss 1.16L 14 58kg $4.60
4 10 NEMINGAH (NZ) Edward O’Rourke Ms Rachel King 1.9L 6 54kg $31
5 12 COMMANDER BELL Brett Partelle Ms Mikayla Weir (a) 2.04L 2 54kg $61
6 7 PRIMITIVO John Thompson Jean Van Overmeire (a) 2.29L 3 54kg $7
7 6 LA PULGA Michael Costa Ben Looker 2.45L 11 54.5kg $8
8 3 BIG DUKE (IRE) Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 3.56L 5 57.5kg $15
9 13 I’LL MISS YOU Julie Pratten Raymond Spokes 5.3L 7 54kg (cd 55kg) $151
10 11 CHAMPAGNE VEGA Bruce Hill Matthew McGuren 6.86L 8 54kg (cd 55kg) $31
11 16 KILMARNOCK Lea Selby Shane S Arnold 8.03L 1 54kg $201
12 14 WINKLER (NZ) Ethan Ensby Kyle Wilson-Taylor (a) 8.42L 4 54kg $151
13 9 PARTNERSHIP (NZ) Ethan Ensby Grant Buckley 10.52L 13 54kg $101
14 15 MISTER MAKER Catherine Inwood Jon Grisedale 12.78L 10 54kg $201
15 8 SATONO RASEN (JPN) Chris Waller Mitchell Bell 15.2L 15 54kg $8
4 FRANKELY AWESOME Kris Lees Jason Collett 0

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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