A number of the top-rated chances for the 2013 Perth Cup (2400m) will have to overcome an early challenge after receiving poor luck at the barrier draw.
Early favourite Chester Road (17) fared poorly ahead of his attempt to reverse the result on his CB Cox Stakes-winning stablemate Mr Moet.
Mr Moet, who has been the start of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival to date, received a more favourable barrier 10 position as he tries to break a weight-carrying record when he carries 59kg in the $500,000 staying test on Tuesday.
Sydney traveller Cantonese definitely received the “visitor’s draw” and will be out to back up his dominant Christmas Cup win when he starts from barrier 19.
Pop Culture (20) was another top contender who was unlucky at the barrier draw and now faces a tough ask despite having a favourable weight allocation of just 53kg.
The Colin Webster-trained mare has been one of the form horses of the summer, winning the Ascot Gold Cup and WA St Leger and finishing fourth in the Kingston Town Classic.
Former Kingston Town Classic winner Playing God (18) also drew wide while stablemate God Has Spoken receieved a more favourable barrier nine position.
One horse who drew well is Global Flirt who will be looking to continue his good summer form after winning the Listed Towton Cup earlier this month.
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Perth Cup 2013 – Field and Barriers
|1||MR MOET||ADAM DURRANT||DANIEL STAECK||10||59kg|
|2||PLAYING GOD||NEVILLE PARNHAM||TBA||18||58kg|
|3||GOD HAS SPOKEN||NEVILLE PARNHAM||TBA||9||56kg|
|4||WESTRIVER KEVYDONN||PAIGE KENNEY||TAKAHIDE IKENUSHI||11||56kg|
|5||RANGER||GRANT WILLIAMS||WILLIAM PIKE||7||55.5kg|
|6||LORDS RANSOM||GRANT WILLIAMS||PETER HALL||6||55kg|
|7||CANTONESE||BJORN BAKER||JIM CASSIDY||19||54kg|
|8||CHESTER ROAD||ADAM DURRANT||SHAUN O’DONNELL||17||54kg|
|9||BRIDGESTONE(NZ)||NEVILLE PARNHAM||BRAD PARNHAM||5||53kg|
|10||DREAMAWAY||GRANT WILLIAMS||JEROME LERMYTE||16||53kg|
|11||GLOBAL FLIRT||JUSTIN WARWICK||MITCHELL PATEMAN||4||53kg|
|12||LOPOV(NZ)||ADAM DURRANT||LUCAS CAMILLERI||14||53kg|
|13||MOONLIGHT BAY||GRANT WILLIAMS||JASON WHITING||15||53kg|
|14||POP CULTURE||COLIN WEBSTER||TROY TURNER||20||53kg|
|15||SHAMARDASHING||JOHN P THOMPSON||PATRICK CARBERY||13||53kg|
|16||STARLIGHT LADY||KAREN KERSLEY||SHAUN MEERES||1||53kg|
|17 Emg||TALENT SHOW||GRAEME BALLANTYNE||JARRAD NOSKE||3||53kg|
|18 Emg||BIG JOSH||DANIEL MORTON||TBA||8||53kg|
|19 Emg||BATTLE EMBLEM||GRANT WILLIAMS||TBA||12||53kg|
|20 Emg||MALAIKA||DONNA BAILLIE||TBA||2||53kg|