Sixties Groove Tops 2020 Grafton Cup Field & Odds

July 7, 2020

Sixties Groove Tops 2020 Grafton Cup Field & Odds

Newcastle’s Kris Lees will chase his maiden Grafton Cup win in 2020 launching a three-pronged assault on Thursday’s field led by the favourite and topweight Sixties Groove.

Sixties Groove. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Sixties Groove is tipped as the horse to beat in Thursday’s 2020 Grafton Cup field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The headline race of the Clarence River Jockey Club’s two-day Cup Carnival, this year’s Listed Iron Jack Grafton Cup (2350m) offers $200,000 in prize money and has drawn a capacity 16 horse field.

Sitting top of the 2020 Grafton Cup field and weights with 61kg is Lees’ veteran seven-year-old Sixties Groove chasing his first win since the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) in June of last year.

Fourth-up on Thursday, the galloper was last seen running second to his stablemate Frankely Awesome in Rosehill’s Listed WJ McKell Cup (2000m) on June 27.

Sixties Groove had 60kg to the winner’s 54kg in that event and is tipped to turn the tables in the Grafton Cup leading the markets at $4 through Ladbrokes.com.au despite the hefty kilos.

Jockey Jason Collett comes aboard comes aboard for the ride from barrier 12 looking to salute for the punters.

Lees’ eye-catching WJ McKell Cup winner Frankely Awesome occupies the second line of Grafton Cup betting at an equal quote of $5.50 with Carzoff from the Chris Waller stable.

The punters have eased up slightly on the four-year-old daughter of Frankel after she drew the outside alley (16) in the Grafton Cup barrier draw.

A dual Group 1 placegetter behind Verry Elleegant last autumn as a filly, the more mature mare should be well-suited to the extra distance on Thursday having run third in the 2019 ATC Oaks.

She does however go up two kilos in weight from her Rosehill win to 56kg so will need to be at her best to post back-to-back victories.

The Lees’ contingent is rounded out by $11 shot Big Duke in barrier five with Andrew Gibbons aboard the popular eight-year-old import who is out to atone for a 10th in the McKell Cup.

Carzoff meanwhile jumps from out wide in barrier 14 with big race specialist Glen Boss booked to ride Waller’s French-bred Zoffany seven-year-old.

Second in the Listed Winter Cup (2400m) behind Wu Gok run in the mud on June 13, Carzoff was under a length off Frankely Awesome when third in the McKell Cup and shapes up as the danger again here.

Waller is also after his first Grafton Cup success and like Lees has three runners in Thursday’s feature with Carzoff joined by The Lord Mayor ($8) and Satono Rasen ($14) both coming off lead-up fourths.

The other stayers being kept safe by the bookies in the current Grafton Cup odds include the Michael Costa-trained Group 3 Premier’s Cup runner-up at Doomben last start La Pulga ($7.50) and Primitivo ($11) looking to return to form for trainer John Thompson.

Click here for the latest Grafton Cup 2020 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Grafton Cup Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3321x0x972 SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) Kris Lees Jason Collett (late alt) 12 61kg 106
2 945×024923 CARZOFF (FR) Chris Waller Glen Boss 14 58kg 100
3 326x750x90 BIG DUKE (IRE) Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 5 57.5kg 99
4 7223x07x61 FRANKELY AWESOME Kris Lees Jason Collett 16 56kg 100
5 2133×08364 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller Lee Magorrian 9 56kg 96
6 6×54121162 LA PULGA Michael Costa Ben Looker 11 54.5kg 93
7 x821950x68 PRIMITIVO John Thompson Jean Van Overmeire (a) 3 54kg 91
8 9x0225x004 SATONO RASEN (JPN) Chris Waller Mitchell Bell 15 54kg 91
9 8971116×00 PARTNERSHIP (NZ) Ethan Ensby Grant Buckley 13 54kg 67
10 336×521131 NEMINGAH (NZ) Edward O’Rourke Ms Rachel King (late alt) 6 54kg 64
11 4062323354 CHAMPAGNE VEGA Bruce Hill Matthew McGuren 8 54kg 55kg 60
12 x445416232 COMMANDER BELL Brett Partelle Ms Mikayla Weir (a) 2 54kg 60
13 x755650674 I’LL MISS YOU Julie Pratten Raymond Spokes 7 54kg 55kg 60
14 864×802468 WINKLER (NZ) Ethan Ensby Kyle Wilson-Taylor (a) 4 54kg 60
15 8802234733 MISTER MAKER Catherine Inwood Jon Grisedale 10 54kg 49
16 7745752574 KILMARNOCK Lea Selby Shane S Arnold 1 54kg 45

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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