Heart Of Puissance Heads 2021 Warrnambool Cup Field & Betting

May 4, 2021

Heart Of Puissance Heads 2021 Warrnambool Cup Field & Betting

The nicely-bred Heart Of Puissance is tipped as the stayer to beat this Thursday at ‘The Bool’ with the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained galloper sitting top of the 2021 Warrnambool Cup odds.

Gallic Chieftain. Photo: Steve Hart | Races.com.au

Gaillic Chieftain is a runner in the 2021 Warrnambool Cup field this week. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of the key country races taking place across the winter, this season’s Listed $250,000 Warrnambool Cup (2350m) field features 16 hopefuls.

It is Puissance De Lune four-year-old Heart Of Puissance heading the Warrnambool Cup betting markets at $4.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au, but the entire is on the drift having eased out from an opening quote of $3.70.

Jockey John Allen comes back aboard the horse for the first time since February and is after his third Warrnambool Cup victory in four years following recent wins on Gallic Chieftain (2018) and Furrion (2019).

Thursday’s favourite is drawn barrier one and was last seen running a close fifth as the beaten odds-on favourite in the Terang Cup (2150m) on April 18 when only a length off the winner Wentwood.

Too Close The Sun (2020) completed the Terang Cup – Warrnambool Cup double last year and 12 months’ on, the Maddie Raymond-trained Pour Moi six-year-old Wentwood is out to emulate the feat.

The British-bred gelding carried a hefty 60kg to victory in that traditional lead-up race with Damian Lane in the saddle and comes back notably in weight with Lane retaining the ride on Thursday at just 54.5kg.

That’s a favourable weight drop and Wentwood is considered one of the main dangers in an open market at $7.

Occupying the second line of betting at $5.50 is Home By Midnight from the Plumpton stables of Patrick Payne, the veteran stayer having his first run at the track.

A rising nine-year-old, Home By Midnight has had just the two runs since last August when he won a 3200m hurdle race in the mud by 11 lengths at Ballarat.

He was flat first-up in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) running 11th on April 3 at 90/1, but showed huge improvement with 62.5kg on his back to cross a close second in the Terang Cup.

For Thursday’s rematch the son of Domesday carries 55kg from a nice barrier eight draw with Michael Dee to ride, the dour stayer likely to improve again third-up over more distance.

The other single-figure fancies are Anthony & Sam Freedman’s 58.5kg topweight Le Don De Vie ($7) and early market mover Hard ‘N’ Tough ($8).

The imported Le Don De Vie was good in his maiden preparation down under last spring running second in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) before a fifth in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

He’s had two runs this year, unplaced in both, but looks a danger getting out over further this week in easer company.

Symon Wilde’s local Hard Spun mare Hard ‘ N’ Tough meanwhile is out to win her home town cup on the back of a lead-up victory in the Stawell Cup (2000m) from April 4.

Click here for the latest Warrnambool Cup 2021 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Warrnambool Cup Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x443125x57 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 11 58.5kg 102
2 40x90x0x05 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damien Thornton 9 55kg 95
3 8x00450x89 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Daniel Stackhouse 4 55kg 95
4 2610x71x02 HOME BY MIDNIGHT (NZ) Patrick Payne Michael Dee 8 55kg 95
5 3125116×51 WENTWOOD (GB) Maddie Raymond Damian Lane 10 54.5kg 94
6 04231×5678 BLENHEIM PALACE (IRE) Daniel Bowman Harry Coffey 6 54kg 93
7 29x3370x80 DABIYR (IRE) Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 15 54kg 91
8 230×911106 DECLARES WAR Matt Cumani Patrick Moloney 2 54kg 90
9 0x22316181 HARD ’N’ TOUGH Symon Wilde Dean Yendall 3 54kg 90
10 16x9360x65 SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil (late alt) 5 54kg 89
11 x6525x8974 MOONLIGHT MAID Mitchell Freedman Will Price (a) 12 54kg 82
12 3x40x36215 HEART OF PUISSANCE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 1 54kg 78
13 0863840×03 THUNDER CLOUD Maddie Raymond Jake Duffy 13 54kg 72
14 x07027660x VEE CECE Symon Wilde Craig Newitt 16 54kg 72
15 41148×7536 SKY HORSE (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah (late alt) 7 54kg 67
16 x55118x986 BUREAUCRAT Maddie Raymond Michael Walker 14 54kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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