2018 Moreton Cup final field: Weir’s 2 draw in and out

May 30, 2018

2018 Moreton Cup final field: Weir’s 2 draw in and out

Trainer Darren Weir’s two runners, Handsome Thief and Platinum Angel, had mixed results in the barrier draw for the final field for the Group 2 $175,000 Moreton Cup (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

Handsome Thief, above, has drawn a wide barrier in the 2018 Moreton Cup at the Sunshine Coast. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Handsome Thief, above, has drawn a wide barrier in the 2018 Moreton Cup at the Sunshine Coast. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Platinum Angel has drawn nicely at barrier two in the eleven horse Moreton Cup field while Handsome Thief will jump from one from the outside at ten.

Dean Yendall has retained the mount on Handsome Thief after combining with the five year old to win the Listed $150,000 Midfield Group Wangoom Handicap (1200m) at Warrnambool on May 2 and the pair were also together when seventh to Santa Ana Lane in the Group 1 $1m Darley Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on May 19.

Jeff Lloyd’s Moreton Cup mount Platinum Angel is also the second emergency in the Listed $100,000 Helen Coughlan Stakes (1200m) with Dean Yendall is listed as her rider.

The Kris Lees trained Aide Memoire has also drawn out wide at gate nine with Corey Brown taking the ride.

The Group 1 winning Kiwi mare has won an 800m barrier trial on the Beaumont track at Newcastle since beating one runner home when sixteenth to Alizee in the Group 1 $1m Coolmore Legacy Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) on day two of The Championships at Randwick on April 14.

The Team Snowden trained Calanda is a good first up performer for the stable and has drawn nicely at barrier three with Jim Byrne booked to ride.

Calanda has two wins and a second from four first up attempts and hasn’t been to the races since winning the Listed $150,000 Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) at Gosford on January 11 but has finished second in two recent Randwick barrier trials.

Final field for the 2018 Moreton Cup (1200m)

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 22027×0780 AIDE MEMOIRE (NZ) Kris Lees Corey Brown 9 58.5kg 103
2 12234430×5 THE MONSTAR Brett Cavanough Skye Bogenhuber 6 57kg 103
3 611x84241x CALANDA Peter & Paul Snowden Jim Byrne 3 57kg 103
4 15028x26x0 LEGLESS VEUVE (NZ) Henry Dwyer Damian Browne 5 57kg 98
5 5909701217 IN HIS STRIDE Rex Lipp James Orman 1 56.5kg 95
6 1×32721617 HANDSOME THIEF (IRE) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 10 56.5kg 97
7 5x0287x141 IRISH CONSTABULARY John Symons & Sheila Laxon Micheal Hellyer 8 56kg 95
8 254457×318 RINGO’S A ROCKSTAR Norm Stephens Ron Stewart 11 56kg 85
9 x21376x497 CHALK Wendy Roche Scratched 4 56kg 68
10 11128x230x PEPPERANO Liam Birchley Michael Cahill 7 54kg 88
11 x31x285131 PLATINUM ANGEL Darren Weir Jeff Lloyd 2 53kg 76.5

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