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Persan and Grand Promenade from the exciting stables of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace dominate the 2023 Adelaide Cup field and betting markets in Morphettville this coming Monday.
One of the most anticipated staying showdowns held down under each year the Group 2 $302,250 Adelaide Cup (3200m) takes place in South Australia over the state’s long weekend.
The Adelaide Cup field do battle over the traditional two-mile cup distance making for a huge three minutes at the track each autumn.
Sitting top of this year’s Adelaide Cup weights with 59kg is the current favourite Persan who has been well-backed earlier into $4.60 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Ms Jamie Kah has the ride chasing back-to-back Adelaide Cup victories following her 2022 success aboard Daqiansweet Junior.
Pierro six-year-old Persan has his first look at the Morphettville course on Monday with the $1.7 million earner last seen running a first-up fifth at The Valley with 60kg in the Listed Torney Cup (2500m).
He has winning form up to 2600m and has had two goes at the 3200m when fifth to Twilight Payment in the 2020 Melbourne Cup before his 20th in the same iconic Flemington feature in 2021 behind Verry Elleegant.
Persan is second-up and presents well for the Adelaide Cup, but will need to be good with the weights with Gallic (58kg in 2007) the only horse to carry more than 57.5kg in the race for over 20 years.
Maher & Eustace chase their first Adelaide Cup victory and also saddle-up the $4.80 second favourite and 58.5kg second highest-weighted galloper in Grand Promenade.
John Allen rides Grand Promenade third-up on Monday from a wide alley (13) as the Champs Elysees seven-year-old seeks his first turf triumph since the Group 3 the Bart Cummings (2520m) back in October of 2021.
He was sixth to Verry Elleegant in that year’s Melbourne Cup results and 14th in the ‘race that stops a nation’ last year behind stablemate Gold Trip.
Grand Promenade has shown nice improvement this time in however resuming with a fourth at Sandown over 1800m before a third when under a length beaten in Morphettville’s Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) on February 25.
The Lord Reims Stakes winner Highland Jakk is also in the mix chasing the double after taking out the traditional lead-up named in honour of three-time Adelaide Cup champ Lord Reims (1987-89).
The Robert Hickmott-trained son of Jakkalberry was strong with 56kg that run and will be flying back to 53kg in the Group 2 with Teo Nugent continuing associations from a good gate two draw.
Highland Jakk pays current Adelaide Cup odds of $7 and is the only other runner outside the Maher/Eustace duo at single-figures.
Trainer Phillip Stokes has won the past two editions of the Adelaide Cup with Good Idea (2021) and the aforementioned Daqiansweet Junior (2022) and returns looking for the hat-trick in 2023.
Stokes saddles-up his veteran nine-year-old Amade ($12) from gate seven with Zac Spain aboard the evergreen galloper.
Amade is the genuine two-miler in this year’s Adelaide Cup field bosting a terrific 3200m record (4:3-1-0).
He was last seen running a credible third in the Listed Victoria Gold Cup (2100m) with improvement to come over further third-up in South Australia.
Looking for value further down the markets the runners with genuine claims at an upset look to include Colac Cup – Group 3 Launceston Cup double winner Aurora’s Symphony in terrific form ($11), Robbie Laing’s Lord Reims runner-up Stars Of Carrum ($13) and even the Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained Wheels ($31) also chasing a third win on the trot.
2023 Adelaide Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||x034363165||PERSAN||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ms Jamie Kah||10||59kg||103|
|2||x7x5940x43||GRAND PROMENADE (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||13||58.5kg||102|
|3||41x8045x83||AMADE (IRE)||Phillip Stokes||Zac Spain||7||57kg||99|
|4||x783807x11||AURORA’S SYMPHONY||Symon Wilde||Blaike McDougall||1||56kg||97|
|5||30x044x918||CHALK STREAM (GB)||Chris Waller||Jye McNeil||15||55kg||95|
|6||6110997276||STAFFORD’S LAD||Daniel Morton||Chris Parnham||11||54kg||93|
|7||3x067052x7||TEAM CAPTAIN (IRE)||Matt Cumani||Dean Holland||12||53kg||88|
|8||9×93661421||HIGHLAND JAKK (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||Teo Nugent||2||53kg||86|
|9||023×073542||STARS OF CARRUM||Robbie Laing||Harry Grace||6||53kg||85|
|10||903121×574||SEBONNA||Peter Hardacre||Callan Murray||8||53kg||83|
|11||x057250523||TRUE MARVEL (FR)||Matthew Smith||Craig Williams||16||53kg||78|
|12||78×6332011||WHEELS (NZ)||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Jason Holder||4||53kg||72|
|13||6x721x8212||WAGON WHEEL (NZ)||Aaron Purcell||Ben Thompson||3||53kg||67|
|14||2241×94495||WOLF PRINCE||Grant Young||Ms Anna Jordsjo||14||53kg||66|
|15||082×693221||REBEL RACER||Amy & Ash Yargi||Craig Newitt||9||53kg||65|
|16||7720456003||BUSKER’S BALLAD||Ryan Balfour||Ms Alana Livesey (a)||5||53kg||60|
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