2017 Summer Cup Field Features Two Past Champions

December 21, 2017

2017 Summer Cup Field Features Two Past Champions

Racing NSW have announced the official Summer Cup 2017 field for the Boxing Day race feature next Tuesday and the line-up features two previous winners of the Royal Randwick clash.

Mighty Lucky

2015 champ Mighty Lucky is back contesting the Summer Cup 2017 field this Boxing Day at Royal Randwick. Photo: Daniel Costello.

A dozen final acceptors are in the mix for this season’s Group 3 $150,000 Summer Cup (2000m) including the defending champion Red Excitement and the 2015 winner Mighty Lucky.

Twelve months ago the Gerald Ryan-trained Excites gelding Red Excitement backed-up off a Group 3 Festival Stakes (1500m) third to win the Summer Cup by a runaway three lengths.

He was third in this year’s Festival Stakes results also, before crossing under two and a half lengths back seventh in a mid-field finish in last weekend’s Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.

Red Excitement gets the chance to go back-to-back in the Summer Cup and return to winning form for the first time since January’s Gosford Cup jumping from barrier three with Brenton Avdulla on 57.5kg.

Mighty Lucky meanwhile is in gate eight with Chris O’Brien booked to ride the Fred Cowell-trained fellow eight-year-old.

The past three runs from the bay gelding have produced brave fourth place efforts including being just a length beaten in the Festival Stakes and three quarters of a length off the winner Crack Me Up in the Villiers Stakes.

A veteran of 57 starts, the evergreen Mighty Lucky hasn’t won a race since May of 2016 in Brisbane and carries 55kg in this season’s Summer Cup field having carried 56kg to victory in the event two years back.

Just one last start winner is engaged for the Summer Cup in 2017 with the in-form Richard Litt-trained Ashkannd in the outside barrier (12 of 12).

The French-bred seven-year-old won at Canterbury over 1900m at the start of the month before saluting again in the wet at Warwick Farm just five days later over 2200m.

Dropping three kilos to the 53kg minimum next Tuesday, Ashkannd is out to make it three on the trot and has had a few weeks between runs looking to get him ready for the drop back in distance to 2000m.

At the opposite end of the weight scale with 59kg meanwhile is the Joe Pride-trained Destiny’s Kiss, a rising 10-year-old still showing a zest for racing.

The son of Power Of Destiny won at Randwick over the mile and a half back in October’s Listed Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) carrying 60kg to victory.

Things went amiss first-up in the Villiers Stakes over the mile however when Destiny’s Kiss, a $101 roughie in the markets, finished seven lengths back last.

The weight works against him on Tuesday, but the step-up in distance will suit.

Bringing better lead-up form into the race is Gary Portelli’s recent Festival Stakes winner Testashadow who comes off a sixth in the Villiers Stakes.

The Testa Rossa six-year-old was only one and a half lengths off the Brisbane-trained winner and will be looking for a clear run from gate four extending out over more metres in the Summer Cup.

See below for the full Summer Cup 2017 field, barriers, jockeys and weights with Boxing Day racing odds to open shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Summer Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Randwick Race 6 (4:10pm) – 26/12/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 7634150410 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Jay Ford 7 59kg 108
2 5×42780537 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 3 57.5kg 105
3 633030×716 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Tye Angland 4 57kg 104
4 64×7227444 MIGHTY LUCKY Fred Cowell Chris O’Brien 8 55kg 100
5 105×753610 DARK EYES Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jean Van Overmeire (a) 1 54kg 98
6 x8x01784x8 DEE I CEE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King (a) 6 53kg 96
7 40x667100x SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees Ms Kathy O’Hara 2 53kg 92
8 6100×12126 BLACK ON GOLD Chris Waller Corey Brown 9 53kg 91
9 2454323×73 MONTAUK Chris Waller Mathew Cahill 5 53kg 89
10 038×117212 LORD KINGSLEY Lauri Wray Christian Reith 11 53kg 83
11 0966843511 ASHKANND (FR) Richard Litt Ms Rachael Murray 12 53kg 71
12 57170×6577 WAKING MOMENT John P Thompson Blaike McDougall (a) 10 53kg 71

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