2018 Adelaide Cup Final Field & Odds Update

March 6, 2018

2018 Adelaide Cup Final Field & Odds Update

The final field for Monday’s much awaited Adelaide Cup 2018 has drawn 18 hopefuls with the favourites having mixed luck in the barrier draw for the two mile South Australian classic.

Master Of Arts

Last year’s third placegetter Master Of Arts is looking to improve in the 2018 Adelaide Cup on Monday over the two miles at Morphettville. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

One of the country’s most popular races, the Group 2 $400,000 Adelaide Cup (3200m) runs as Morphettville Race 7 on Monday afternoon and favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au to take it out is the Lindsay Park-trained Shocking mare Fanatic.

Bred to stay, the five-year-old proved herself over the 3200m last spring winning the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m).

She has been on the steady improve this preparation with increasing distances including the eye-catching second to Aloft at Flemington last weekend in the Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m).

Going up from 55kg to 57.5kg in the Adelaide Cup weights, Fanatic will need to step-up again but the two miles and gun barrier three draw with Michael Walker retaining the ride put her right in the mix.

Occupying the second line of Adelaide Cup betting following Fanatic ($4.80) is last year’s third placegetter Master Of Arts ($6.50) who had opposite luck drawing out in gate 16 for Monday.

Ace Victorian trainer Darren Weir saddles-up the six-year-old grey entire who comes off a second from last weekend’s Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) at the track won by Etah James who doesn’t back-up in the Adelaide Cup.

Master Of Arts has had four Morphettville runs including his Lord Reims Stakes win in 2017 and subsequent third to Annus Mirabilis in the Adelaide Cup results last Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival.

This year he goes up to 59kg heading the Adelaide Cup weights along with James Bull’s New Zealand raider Benzini.

Benzini is also a Lord Reims Stakes graduate, the evergreen eight-year-old having run third, and has Monday’s widest barrier (18 of 18) to overcome with Rosie Myers coming aboard for the ride.

The other female hoop in the Adelaide Cup field this year is Clare Lindop who announced her retirement on Tuesday following this year’s carnival.

Lindop rode the 2006 Adelaide Cup winner Exalted Time to victory and has her final ride in the race this year aboard the Grant Young-trained Tunes in gate six, the nine-year-old coming off back-to-back seconds at the track.

Master Of Arts meanwhile is joined in the Adelaide Cup field by two other Weir-trained stablemates including the well-fancied Ormito in gate five with Craig Williams to ride.

The ultra-consistent Mamool five-year-old is German-bred and has finished third in his latest three starts, including in the Roy Higgins Quality last weekend.

Ormito currently pays $9 in the Adelaide Cup odds to win over further than a mile for the first time, while local hope Exalted Lightning ($8) rounds out the single-figure hopefuls.

Another big winner at Tuesday’s Adelaide Cup barrier draw, Exalted Lightning is the other Young-trained runner in the race jumping from gate two with Todd Pannell aboard on 54.5kg.

The Blevic six-year-old from Murray Bridge hasn’t finished worse than fourth in his last nine starts and is out to atone for his top four performance in the Lord Reims.

Monday marks his 12th go at Morphettville and he shapes-up as the big improver having run 10th in last year’s Adelaide Cup results.

Along with the aforementioned third placed Master Of Arts, the other best out of last year’s Adelaide Cup chasing the win in 2018 is the Robbie Laing-trained Double Bluff from Cranbourne.

Two back the seven-year-old import beat Ormito (3rd) in the Listed Torney Cup (2500m) at Moonee Valley before a lead-up fifth in the Roy Higgins that saw him ease out to $10 in betting for Monday’s Group 2 feature.

Check out the full Adelaide Cup 2018 field below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for the latest odds on the two mile showdown.

2018 Adelaide Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Morphettville Racecourse – 12/03/2018

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x474583833 BENZINI James Bull Ms Rosie Myers 18 59kg 98
2 4813×56672 MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 16 59kg 98
3 023×099115 DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE) Robbie Laing Mark Zahra 7 58.5kg 97
4 046811×752 FANATIC (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 3 57.5kg 99
5 4×43211413 PRETTY PUNK Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas TBA 8 57kg 98
6 x3270x3426 JIM’S JOURNEY Peter Blanch Paul Gatt 10 56kg 92
7 1611221214 EXALTED LIGHTNING Grant Young Todd Pannell 2 54.5kg 89
8 73166×5108 LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys Jye McNeil 1 54kg 88
9 58×6916122 O’LONERA Cindy Alderson Dwayne Dunn 17 54kg 88
10 x277x84332 AL HARAM (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Dee 14 53kg 84
11 x054572333 ORMITO (GER) Darren Weir Craig Williams 5 53kg 82
12 2028725622 TUNES Grant Young Clare Lindop 6 53kg 78
13 02041×8446 KHEZERABAD (FR) Aaron Purcell Chris Symons 9 53kg 76
14 3715973319 FLYING CASINO John Hickmott TBA 12 53kg 75
15 26×4103521 RAINDROPS ON ROSES David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 13 53kg 75
16 x26113x315 DIAMOND GRACE Michael Kent Beau Mertens 4 53kg 74
17 8018692015 CUBAN FIGHTER Robbie Laing Ben Thompson (a) 15 53kg 67
18 7667325223 POPPIHOLLA (NZ) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 11 53kg 67

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