First Crush draws midfield in capacity 2018 Grafton Cup field

July 10, 2018

First Crush draws midfield in capacity 2018 Grafton Cup field

Race favourite First Crush has drawn nicely at midfield in a capacity 2018 Listed $160,000 G McMullan Contracting Grafton Cup (2350m) at Grafton on Thursday.

Jumbo Prince, above, is on the second line of betting for the 2018 Grafton Cup at Grafton. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Jumbo Prince, above, is on the second line of betting for the 2018 Grafton Cup at Grafton. Photo by Daniel Costello.

The Chris Munce trained First Crush has drawn barrier nine in the original draw of sixteen plus four emergencies and looks likely to move in one spot at start time for the Grafton Cup and is currently the $3.80 favourite with Ladbrokes.com.au.

Mark Du Plessis has retained the ride on First Crush after the pair finished second to Megablast in the Listed $175,000 Scott McMahon Electrical Caloundra Cup (2400m) at the Sunshine Coast on June 30 while Matt McGillivray was aboard at his previous start when second to Tradesman in the Listed $175,000 Channel 7 Ipswich Cup (2150m) at Ipswich on June 16.

Munce was debating whether he would run First Crush at the Sunshine Coast again this weekend in the Group 3 $150,000 The Queen’s Cup (3200m) or give the Grafton Cup another attempt after running ninth to Supply And Demand last year.

“He did get a little bit of a bump last year but really I don’t think he handled backing up in a week from the Prelude,” Munce told AAP.

“First Crush has had a fortnight to get over his run in the Caloundra Cup and he deserves to win one of these staying races this winter.”

“In the end he has only 54.5 kg in the Grafton Cup and I know he can handle the track. He races like he wants 3200 metres but in the end I think there are more pluses for Grafton.”

On the second line of betting at $5.50 is the Toowoomba trained Jumbo Prince just ahead of last start Canterbury winner Reneged at $6 and Anton En Avant at $6.50

Final field for 2018 Grafton Cup (2350m)

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 158×003504 MONTAUK Chris Waller Ben Looker 20 58kg 97
2 03×6397073 JUMBO PRINCE Michael Nolan Ron Stewart 3 57.5kg 96
3 8133×50128 ANTON EN AVANT Stephen Lee Matthew McGillivray 7 56.5kg 94
4 9163138822 FIRST CRUSH Chris Munce Mark Du Plessis 9 55.5kg 92
5 4x3849x525 SAYED (USA) Chris Waller Scratched 17 55.5kg 92
6 1495290039 ALL IN VOGUE (NZ) Barry Lockwood Anthony Allen (late alt) 4 55kg 89
7 51318×8890 TUMULTUOUS Chris Waller Glen Colless 19 55kg 88
8 51x9x00431 CHILLIN WITH DYLAN Ben Ahrens Michael Cahill 14 55kg 86
9 7411×87908 LOVING HOME (GB) Tess Wilkes Matthew McGuren 1 55kg 83
10 521×847357 MISS DUBOIS (NZ) Matthew Dunn Jim Byrne 11 55kg 79
11 28775×0821 RENEGED John P Thompson Craig Newitt 8 55kg 79
12 073796×010 COLLABORATION (GB) Joanne Hardy Ms Laura Cheshire 12 55kg 76
13 96x80x9869 FUERZA Tracy Timbery Beau Appo 5 55kg 75
14 x354214254 HIGH DEGREE Rochelle Smith Josh Oliver 18 55kg 69
15 3101×05494 JACK STRIKES BACK Neville Stewart Ms Olivia Pickering (a) 16 55kg 67
16 17×3082311 CUT THE MUSTARD Melanie O’Gorman Ms Rachael Murray 13 55kg 65
17e x980981127 HUSONIQUE Lesley Jeffriess Peter Graham 2 55kg 63
18e 9110153720 LATINO LOVER Ethan Ensby Robert Thompson (late alt) 10 55kg 60
19e x811522146 WINKLER (NZ) John Everson Jason Taylor 15 55kg 60
20e 4560×09760 HIS KYLLACHY (IRE) Tess Wilkes 6 55kg 59

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