Final Australian Cup 2018 Field Features a Dozen Horses

March 6, 2018

Final Australian Cup 2018 Field Features a Dozen Horses

The final 2018 Australian Cup field for Super Saturday at Flemington this weekend is now out with a dozen weight-for-age hopefuls engaged in the autumn feature.

Gailo Chop

Gailo Chop jumps from barrier 10 as favourite in the Australian Cup 2018 field and odds at Flemington on Super Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Due to run as Flemington Race 8 at 4:35pm (AEDT), this season’s Group 1 $1.5 million Australian Cup (2000m) has drawn its largest field in three years and is led by the Darren Weir-trained Gailo Chop.

Weir won the race last season with his Peter Young Stakes runner-up Humidor and returns 12 months on with a last start winner of the same traditional lead-up, Gailo Chop.

The French import made it two-from-two this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival with his smart one and a quarter-length victory in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) on February 24.

Gailo Chop is now looking to complete the double for the first time since Fiorente (2014) and if successful will be the first seven-year-old Australian Cup winner since Niconero (2009).

The Peter Young Stakes has produced three of the past four Australian Cup champions and the other placegetters from this year’s race are Single Gaze and Hartnell both also backing-up in Saturday’s Group 1 rematch.

Single Gaze is prepared out of Canberra by Nick Olive, the five-year-old Not A Single Doubt mare running second in three of her last four starts.

The first was in the Caulfield Cup over the mile and a half last October before the narrow loss following a luckless run in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) first-up and the Peter Young on Blue Diamond Day.

In the Peter Young Stakes Single Gaze beat home Hartnell who previously held her measure for his CF Orr Stakes win and on Saturday the mare will be reaching peak fitness three runs in.

She does however need to break a notable Australian Cup hoodoo for the mares with Makybe Diva (2005) the last to beat home the boys.

Single Gaze is out to be the first Australian Cup winning mare since Makybe Diva (2005)

Hartnell meanwhile represents the powerhouse Godolphin stable and is drawn in barrier six, one wider than Single Gaze in five.

The multiple Group 1 winning son of Authorized should also be well-suited to the extra metres of Saturday having an outstanding 2000m record (12:4-3-1).

The two other major players according to the Australian Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are both Liam Howley-trained for owner Lloyd Williams: Almandin and The Taj Mahal drawn in barriers 11 and seven respectively.

Almandin is best known for his 2016 Melbourne Cup success and the eight-year-old son of Monsun is looking to turn the tables on stablemate Homesman, also in the Australian Cup field, after the duo ran the quinella in the Listed Ladbrokes Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m).

The other most recent run by Almandin was last November when runner-up in the Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) won by The Taj Mahal who races for the first time since on Saturday with Ben Melham riding the Galileo four-year-old.

See below for the official Australian Cup 2018 field and barriers, betting markets also now updated at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2018 Australian Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 8 (4:35pm) – 10/03/2018

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2x12290x13 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Craig Williams 6 59kg 114
2 11x21402x2 ALMANDIN (GER) Liam Howley Damien Oliver 11 59kg 110
3 0x24x45x0x AMBITIOUS (JPN) Anthony Freedman Damian Lane 12 59kg 109
4 0143150×11 GAILO CHOP (FR) Darren Weir Mark Zahra 10 59kg 115
5 x5x76200x4 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 2 59kg 106
6 11×2203422 SUPPLY AND DEMAND Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 9 59kg 104
7 x515867x28 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 4 59kg 104
8 15x2114x39 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander Jordan Childs 1 59kg 102
9 446925041x THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Liam Howley Ben Melham 7 58.5kg 107
10 2x412153x1 HOMESMAN (USA) Liam Howley Michael Dee 3 58.5kg 105
11 x054420x22 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 5 57kg 110
12 3328×13421 DEVISE (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Chad Schofield 8 57kg 102

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