A classy field of eighteen plus one emergency has been confirmed for Saturday’s Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m), highlighted by the inclusion of several notable performers over the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival so far.
A constant threat in races of all ratings, trainer Chris Waller has confirmed Vilanova in the final field for the 2014 Ballarat Cup.
Securing three wins and a further nine minor places from his 28 competitive appearances at the races so far, Vilanova was a standout performer for Waller over the 2014 autumn and winter carnivals; winning the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) on February 22nd and continuing to build towards fourth in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m), victory in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) and close third in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).
While yet to find peak condition over five starts this time in, Waller is confident the Ballarat Cup poses the ideal event for a return to the winner’s circle for Vilanova, who is offered an exceptional chance of success from the ideal barrier 2.
Named country horse of the year earlier in 2014, Hurdy Gurdy Man will be aiming for another impressive Cup performance in Ballarat this weekend, but has been charged with overcoming the somewhat awkward barrier 12.
Claiming eight race wins and a further 14 minor places from just 34 competitive appearance on track to date, Hurdy Gurdy Man placed fifth in the 2013 edition of the Kyneton Cup (2000m) and continued to impressive in finishing third in the Ballarat Cup and second in both the Listed Werribee Cup (2600m) and Listed Bagot Handicap (2800m) on January 1st.
Failing to beat a single runner home in a minor over 1500m first-up this time, the Street Cry entire has steadily built to the task over two proceeding race starts but is arguably offered his best chance of success on the Ballarat course this weekend.
Unlucky to be scratched from the final field of last week’s featured Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown, trainer Mick Price is confident the Ballarat Cup poses the perfect chance of a consolation victory for Count Of Limonade this weekend.
Contesting an impressive race record of five wins and four minor places from just 16 starts, the Duke Of Marmalade entire began his racing career under the guidance of leading Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien before transferring to the care of Price at the beginning of the year.
Finishing a forgettable twelfth in a minor over 1400m first-up on August 30th, Count Of Limonade ran a credible sixth in the Listed Penang Trophy (1800m) in September before charging home to take out the Moe Cup on October 16th.
Having finished fifth in the Listed Bendigo Cup (2400m) last time out on October 29th, Count Of Limonade has been confirmed to be partnered by in-form jockey Dean Yendall in the Ballarat Cup and will leave from the ideal barrier 6.
Charged with carrying a race-high 60kgs in the 2014 Ballarat Cup, trainer Peter Moody has been thrilled with the work completed by Fat Al since running eighth in the Listed James Boag’s Premium Stakes (1800m) on Melbourne Cup Day and is confident jockey Craig Williams will get the best from his sole entrant on Saturday.
Running third in the Group 3 TAB Rewards Stakes (1400m) first-up this year, the Al Maher gelding won the Listed Golden Mile (1600m) at Bendigo on March 15th but has been unable to figure in the places over seven proceeding starts.
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2014 Ballarat Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||310079×508||FAT AL||Peter G Moody||Craig Williams||9||60kg||98|
|2||000x830x04||TUSCAN FIRE||Dan O’Sullivan||Kerrin McEvoy||1||60kg||98|
|3||21x67x0615||COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE)||Mick Price||Dean Yendall||6||59kg||96|
|4||995x406x60||TANBY||Mick Cerchi||Jamie Mott||8||59kg||96|
|5||515322×008||HURDY GURDY MAN||Darren Weir||John Allen||12||58.5kg||95|
|6||3413×68399||VILANOVA (NZ)||Chris Waller||James Winks||2||58.5kg||95|
|7||06220×8992||AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE)||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||16||57kg||92|
|8||11x506x009||MOBACO (FR)||Darren Weir||–||15||57kg||92|
|9||080×206064||HVASSTAN||Peter Gelagotis||Craig Newitt||19||56kg||90|
|10||218119×729||THE INVENTOR||Bevan Laming||Darren Gauci||11||56kg||90|
|11||113×709060||ELECTRIC FUSION||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||17||55kg||88|
|12||34300×3071||MUJADALE||Paul A Jones||Kevin Forrester||5||55kg||88|
|13||099x95Px70||MOTIVADO (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Chris Symons||14||54kg||84|
|14||45111×2131||SPINDERBELLA||Robert Smerdon||Chad Schofield||3||54kg||84|
|15||04x455x057||YOU THINK SO (NZ)||Michael Kent||–||10||54kg||84|
|17||x461489144||WALTZING TO WIN||David Huxtable||–||13||54kg||82|
|18||14030×9114||HAPPY AS HELL||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Jack Hill||4||54kg||81|
|19e||x43444x053||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Mitchell Freedman||Jarrod Fry||7||54kg||81|