Supply And Demand Tops 2017 Grafton Cup Nominations

July 7, 2017

Supply And Demand Tops 2017 Grafton Cup Nominations

The flying Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Caloundra Cup winner Supply And Demand headlines the Grafton Cup 2017 nominations taken by the Clarence River Jockey Club for next week’s feature.

Supply And Demand

Caloundra Cup winner Supply And Demand (pictured at Rosehill) headlines the 2017 Grafton Cup nominations this winter. Photo: Steve Hart.

Running on Thursday as the feature event of the two-day Grafton Cup Carnival, this season’s $160,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) attracted 25 stayers including smart Sebring four-year-old Supply And Demand.

The up-and-comer has won his past three starts on the trot including the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) in his first mile and a half start at the Sunshine Coast on July 1.

Set to back-up in the Grafton Cup, Supply And Demand rises 55.5kg to 58.5kg and will need to be improving to handle the extra kilos and continue his winter winning streak.

Heading this year’s Grafton Cup weights with 60kg meanwhile is Joe Pride’s rising nine-year-old Destiny’s Kiss.

The veteran Power Of Destiny gelding contested the 2013 Grafton Cup finishing two lengths back fifth behind Mr O’Ceirin, but hasn’t been back to the track since.

Winner of January’s Listed Australia Day Stakes (2400m) over the distance at Randwick with 59.5kg on his back, Destiny’s Kiss was last seen carting a massive 61kg to a brave third at Rosehill on July 1 behind Gallic Chieftain in the Listed Winter Cup (2400m).

The best out of the Winter Cup nominated for a back-up in the Grafton Cup field this season is the Chris Waller-trained runner-up Montauk.

A progressive four-year-old son of More Than Ready, Montauk was under a length beaten home in the Winter Cup carrying 54kg and he’ll relish getting in on that same minimum weight in the Grafton Cup.

Waller has also nominated for his Winter Cup fourth placed Dutch Art gelding Soviet Courage, the European import chasing his first win since success over the 2400m at Rosehill in November last year.

Four mares are nominated for a possible Grafton Cup start this winter including the in-form Kelvin Hickmott-trained War Baby from Beaudesert.

A veteran of 62 starts, she surprised two back at Doomben running a close third behind Rudy in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) before finishing third again in the Caloundra Cup last time out just two lengths off Supply And Demand.

War Baby will get the weight advantage over her last start rival should both run in a rematch next Thursday allocated just 54kg once again.

The other mare guaranteed a start in the 16-horse Grafton Cup 2017 field is the Kris Lees-trained Rustic Melody, the five-year-old daughter of Snitzel last seen winning over 1900m at Rosehill at the start of the month.

She carried 58.5kg to a narrow win with Hugh Bowman aboard and will come back 4.5kg in the Grafton Cup having just her second start over the increased distance.

Other standout Grafton Cup nominees include last year’s Brisbane Cup winning Kiwi Benzini and Chris Munce’s Grafton Cup Prelude winner First Crush out to do the double achieved by Rednav (2016) last season.

Check out the full Grafton Cup 2017 nominations, weights and ballot order below ahead of final acceptances on Monday followed by updated winter racing markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Grafton Cup Nominations & Weights

Grafton Racecourse 13/07/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x251352111 SUPPLY AND DEMAND G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 1 58.5kg 100
2 16131×9763 DESTINY’S KISS G 8 Joseph Pride 2 60kg 103
3 256×234426 BENZINI G 7 Adrian & Harry Bull 3 59kg 101
4 2123245432 MONTAUK G 4 Chris Waller 4 54kg 89
5 742×966095 FELTRE G 6 Brian Smith 5 54kg 86
6 1140237×65 ANTON EN AVANT G 7 Stephen Lee 6= 54kg 84
7 1124117906 MORENDI G 4 Darren Graham 6= 54kg 84
8 1583×50354 SOVIET COURAGE (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 6= 54kg 84
9 2034183133 WAR BABY M 5 Kelvin Hickmott 6= 54kg 84
10 x5023x7757 DANJEU (IRE) G 6 John P Thompson 10 54kg 83
11 8075166362 MORE ENERGY G 6 Jason Coyle 11 54kg 78
12 x7409x0521 RUSTIC MELODY M 5 Kris Lees 12 54kg 77
13 6×96569254 GET ON THE GRANGE G 7 Allan Kehoe 13 54kg 72
14 6852×31119 ALLZIN G 5 Graham Hoy 14 54kg 70
15 x221321632 FIRST CRUSH G 5 Chris Munce 15= 54kg 68
16 090×678008 METEOROLOGIST G 6 Marcus Wilson 15= 54kg 68
17 64244×3110 OAKFIELD MIDNIGHT G 4 Kristen Buchanan 17 54kg 66
18 31×5312512 PUSH THE SKY AWAY M 4 Neville Stewart 18 54kg 63
19 1012281134 BOB’S A DAZZLER G 7 Justin Blanch 19= 54kg 62
20 250×249311 MISS TICKLES M 6 John Bannister 19= 54kg 62
21 4551×135 OAKFIELD MONARCH G 4 Kristen Buchanan 21 54kg 56
22 x74253x005 LORD ZOF G 7 Reginald Wilkes 22 54kg 55
23 7×78130663 QABLA G 7 Eric Singh 23 54kg 53
24 5×01331569 KILMARNOCK G 4 Lea Selby 24 54kg 52
25 87725×9835 STRADAZZLE G 5 Wade Slinkard 25 54kg 51

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