2023 Mornington Cup Field & Betting Update

April 21, 2023

2023 Mornington Cup Field & Betting Update

A Caulfield Cup ballot exemption for the spring goes up for grabs in Victoria on Saturday with a class line-up of stayers, including a former Melbourne Cup winner, facing off in the 2023 Mornington Cup field.

Vow And Declare Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) - Races.com.au

2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare carries top-weight in Saturday’s 2023 Mornington Cup field. Photo: Steve Hart.

This year’s Listed $300,000 Neds Mornington Cup (2400m) features a capacity line-up headed by the Danny O’Brien-trained veteran Vow And Declare.

The classy chestnut is best known for his 2019 Melbourne Cup victory, and he has won just the one subsequent race.

He was back in the winners’ stall last November taking out the Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m).

This prep Vow And Declare has been racing well again running top four in his three runs most recently beaten just a length when fourth at Rosehill in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m).

Back in Melbourne and down in grade he looks a genuine chance in the Mornington Cup betting markets at $7.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au carrying the 60kg top-weight from gate eight.

Heading the Mornington Cup odds at $3.80 and firming is the widely-drawn favourite Hezashocka for Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr.

The five-year-old son of 2009 Melbourne Cup champ Shocking has been racing very well in top company over the past six months including his third to Zaaki in the spring’s Group 1 VRC Champions Stakes (2000m).

He presents fourth-up and fit this weekend getting out over the mile and a half for the first time since a failed bid in the 2021 Queensland Derby.

Last start Hezashocka produced a fine run at big odds when fourth to international star Dubai Honour in Sydney’s Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

With winning form up to only 2100m he needs to find another gear here at the 2400m, but the money is coming for him to do just that.

In an open top-half of the market a further two horses are under double-figures for the win including the rails-drawn Nonconformist ($5.50).

The Grahame Begg-trained Rebel Raider gelding was runner-up in this event back in 2021 and went on to place second to Incentivise in that year’s Caulfield Cup results.

Two back he enjoyed a nearly three-length victory in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) first-up at Flemington, while his last start saw him finishing eighth to Cascadian in the Group 1 Australia Cup (2000m) off a wide run with improvement expected from a better barrier on Saturday.

Rounding out the single-figure fancies is the ultra-consistent Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Right You Are ($7.50).

The So You Think six-year-old hit a purple patch in the summer stringing together five wins on the trot from December to March including the Listed Victoria Cup (2100m) and the Australia Cup Prelude (2000m).

His winning streak came to an end when he hit a Heavy (8) track at Sandown Lakeside on April 8th however when second in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2100m).

He is out to atone and looking to bounce back on Saturday in the Mornington Cup looking a strong chance to see out the 2400m without worry.

The Mornington Cup 2023 is scheduled to run as Mornington Race 8 at 4:35pm (AEST) on Saturday with full markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available by clicking here.

2023 Mornington Cup Final Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 535601×224 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien John Allen 8 60kg 108
2 7x551x80x9 CAMORRA (IRE) Ben & JD Hayes Luke Nolen 6 59kg 106
3 2x87670x18 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 1 59kg 106
4 x451214x38 GEAR UP (IRE) Annabel Neasham Jamie Mott 4 58kg 104
5 120423×054 HEZASHOCKA (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Blake Shinn 14 58kg 104
6 3435111112 RIGHT YOU ARE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 10 58kg 104
7 35x5302x85 FANCY MAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Daniel Moor 5 57.5kg 103
8 83807×1128 AURORA’S SYMPHONY Symon Wilde Ms Linda Meech 9 55.5kg 99
9 64260×9946 BENAUD John O’Shea Craig Williams 11 55kg 98
10 82×6932211 REBEL RACER Amy & Ash Yargi Craig Newitt 15 55kg 98
11 600×752213 SWORDS DRAWN Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 2 55kg 98
12 6111123×01 PORT PHILIP (IRE) Julius Sandhu Ms Celine Gaudray (a) 12 54kg 89
13 8381307×73 HERMAN HESSE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 3 54kg 86
14 24142×5650 YAPHET Cliff Brown Harry Coffey 13 54kg 84
15e 64533×6871 CABOCHE (NZ) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 7 54kg 81

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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