Capacity 2016 Ballarat Cup Field Released

November 16, 2016

Capacity 2016 Ballarat Cup Field Released

This Saturday the lucrative Ballarat Cup 2016 steals the show in country Victoria with a capacity field of stayers accepted to face off in the staying showdown.

Turnitaround

Last Saturday’s Eclipse Stakes winner Turnitaround carries top weight on the quick back-up into this weekend’s 2016 Ballarat Cup field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Set to run as Race 8 at 4:40pm (AEDT), this season’s $300,000 Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) features a full 18 starters plus four emergencies awaiting a run.

Sitting top of the Ballarat Cup field and weights set to carry a hefty 60kg from a wide barrier 13 draw is Matthew Williams’ Eclipse Stakes winner from last weekend Turnitaround.

The Warrnambool-trained son of Hard Spun carted 58.5kg to a narrow Sandown win in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) last Saturday and is set for a quick back-up on Saturday.

Williams is unsure whether the 2200m will be to his six-year-old’s liking, the galloper only having winning form up to 2000m, but is happy to give the horse a go for a share in the prize money in one of the richest country cup races.

Also out of the Eclipse Stakes and high up the Ballarat Cup weights with 59kg is the Darren Weir-trained third-placed import Lidari.

The veteran eight-year-old Acclamation stallion was defeated under a length under 59kg at Ladbrokes Park on Zipping Classic Day and gets the chance to turn the tables seven days later meeting Turnitaround better in the weights.

Weir will saddle-up a total of four hopefuls in his home town Cup this weekend also accepting for Taiyoo (58.5kg), Auvray (56.5kg) and Lord Van Percy (55kg).

All but one of his four Ballarat Cup horses are drawn double-digits.

Of the quartet his best chance perhaps shapes up as Taiyoo who Brad Rawiller rides on the back of a Kyneton Cup win under 60kg on November 2.

The Haradasun seven-year-old was impressive with that weight posting his first win since Adelaide’s Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) in February of 2015 and will enjoy the 2200m of Saturday’s race.

Drawn the rails and carrying 58.5kg when taking on the boys is the Lindsay Park-trained Rising Romance.

Mark Zahra has the ride on the Group 1 winning Ekraar mare who is out to improve on an eighth in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day.

Rising Romance has lined-up in 20 Group 1 races over her career for seven placings and a win in the 2014 ATC Oaks.

She is high up the weights on Saturday however and hasn’t been first-past-the-post in a race since February of 2014.

The stable have also accepted for the imported Pilote D’Essai who races in his first Black-Type assignment down under.

His last start produced a ninth over 1800m at Flemington on Oaks Day, but he is down from 59.5kg that run to 54kg on the weekend giving him the chance to improve.

Higher up the ratings and coming off back-to-back provincial cup seconds is the now Wayne Walters-trained Puccini who has been racing well for his new stable.

Other notable Ballarat Cup hopes this spring include the Cindy Alderson-trained recent Sales Cup third placed mare Manageress, the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Nozomi and former Queensland Derby winner Sonntag who ran third in last year’s Ballarat Cup trifecta.

See below for the full Ballarat Cup 2016 field, barriers, jockeys and weights with markets set for release shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Odds Boost (T&Cs apply).

2016 Ballarat Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Ballarat Race 8 (4:40pm) – 19/11/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 311118×301 TURNITAROUND Matthew Williams Blake Shinn 13 60kg 104
2 x1xD2x0293 LIDARI (FR) Darren Weir John Allen 15 59kg 102
3 3540×27408 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 1 58.5kg 105
4 757×560031 TAIYOO Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 12 58.5kg 101
5 4402846×22 PUCCINI (NZ) Wayne Walters Craig Robertson 7 58kg 100
6 1x4740x008 AUVRAY (FR) Darren Weir TBA 4 56.5kg 97
7 106x0x0830 DESERT JEUNEY Nigel Blackiston TBA 21 56kg 96
8 20×9845900 MAGNAPAL Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Luke Currie 5 56kg 96
9 1519125×67 LORD VAN PERCY (GB) Darren Weir TBA 18 55kg 94
10 x0730x5950 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) John Sadler Luke Nolen 8 55kg 94
11 74126×5266 LADY LE FAY (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 22 54kg 96
12 1282×30930 MANAGERESS Cindy Alderson Ms Michelle Payne 2 54kg 91
13 893×486407 GO DREAMING Grant Kluske Darren Gauci 6 54kg 89
14 3x67x66142 NOZOMI Lee & Anthony Freedman Stephen Baster 10 54kg 89
15 x153413x43 SCHERZOSO Tony McEvoy Ben Allen (a) 16 54kg 89
16 14x1x22529 PILOTE D’ESSAI (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss (a) 19 54kg 87
17 000396×990 SONNTAG Henry Dwyer Michael Dee (a) 17 54kg 85
18 21213×9226 COOL CHAP Lee & Anthony Freedman Daniel Stackhouse 3 54kg 83
19e 811×099411 GOLDEN OLDIES Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Ms Linda Meech 9 54kg 80
20e 211x2x4442 SOMETHING TO SHARE Dane Smith TBA 14 54kg 79
21e 16415×0 CHARLEVOIX Michael Kent TBA 20 54kg 74
22e x912598415 WHITE DOLLAR SIGN John Thom Ms Holly McKechnie 11 54kg 72

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