The final field and barrier draw for Thursday’s Perth Cup 2015 in W.A. is now finalised with a full line-up of quality summer stayers set for the New Year’s Day classic at Ascot Racecourse.
Due to run as Ascot Race 8 on the first day of 2015, this summer’s $500,000 Group 2 Golden River Developments Perth Cup (2400m) features 16 runners guaranteed a start plus two emergencies in Starlight Lady (9) and Bedamijo (3).
Hot favourite in the Perth Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au at a firming price following a gun barrier five draw is the Adam Durrant-trained Real Love.
A winner of four of her 12 starts to date the four-year-old Desert King mare comes off back-to-back victories at the track with a Group 3 Queen’s Cup (2200m) win on December 6 followed a fortnight later by her nice victory over WA Oaks champ Balmont Girl in the Listed WA St Leger (2100m).
Balmont Girl beat home Real Love when the duo finished first and second respectively in the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) during the autumn before the then-fillies ran third (Real Love) and fourth (Balmont Girl) behind the Grant Williams-trained Respondent in the Group 2 WATC Derby over the same distance they see this week back in April.
The two classy mares then are proven over the mile and a half and are dominating the betting markets for the Perth Cup where Haradasun four-year-old Respondent, coming off a close third in the WA St Leger, is also well fancied.
Real Love, to be ridden by Perth’s number one jockey William Pike, and Respondent (barrier 12, Brad Parnham) both get in on the 54kg minimum and so are well-weighted for the event.
Balmont Girl however has an outside gate 15 draw for her and jockey Shaun O’Donnell to overcome and also goes up to 57kg, a weight she’s get to carry in any of her previous starts.
The Perth Cup weights are led by Real Love’s stable mate Mr Moet on 59kg who jumps from barrier four with Peter Hall in the saddle.
He comes off a dead-heat for fifth in the Elite Belle-won Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) from December 20 with stable mate and fellow Perth Cup acceptor Chester Road who gets the inside run from barrier one on Thursday with 58kg.
In between Durrant’s two Perth Cup heavyweights is then Fred Kersley’s former Kingston Town Classic winner Ihtsahymn in barrier six on 58.5kg, the four-year-old Ihtiram gelding beaten only three-quarters of a length when fourth in the Cox Stakes last time out.
Also coming off a good run in that Perth Cup lead-up is narrow runner-up Red Blast for Dan Morton, the five-year-old dropping from 59kg there to just 54kg on New Year’s Day with a nice barrier eight draw as well.
Not as lucky in the Perth Cup barriers however are the likes of the Neville Parnham-trained CB Cox Stakes third placegetter Bass Strait (barrier 18), the Justin Warwick-trained Queen’s Cup runner-up Son Of Something (barrier 17) and winner at the track from Christmas Eve Kirov Boy (barrier 13).
See below for the full 2015 Perth Cup field, barrier draw, jockeys and weights before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to place your bets at the hottest odds this Perth Summer Racing Carnival!
2014 Perth Cup Field, Barriers & Weights
Ascot Race 8 (4:50pm local time) – 01/01/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight|
|1||464756×095||MR MOET||Adam Durrant||Peter Hall||4||59kg|
|2||212×975084||IHTSAHYMN||Fred Kersley||Steven Parnham||6||58.5kg|
|3||12x182x005||CHESTER ROAD||Adam Durrant||Peter Knuckey||1||58kg|
|4||4114×31202||BALMONT GIRL||Paula Wagg||Shaun O’Donnell||15||57kg|
|5||8085520352||ASK ME NICELY (NZ)||Fred Kersley||Troy Turner||7||54kg|
|6||0x76951663||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||Neville Parnham||Chris Parnham (a)||18||54kg|
|7||014×600800||CLASSIQUE IVORY (NZ)||Gino Poletti||Patrick Carbery||11||54kg|
|8||388×070100||GLOBAL FLIRT||Justin Warwick||Willie White||16||54kg|
|9||029×000909||GOD HAS SPOKEN||Neville Parnham||Jarrad Noske||10||54kg|
|10||11216×7371||KIROV BOY||Arthur Mortimer||Danny Miller||13||54kg|
|11||11118×0547||LUCCIOLA (IRE)||Justin Warwick||Ms Lucy Warwick (a)||2||54kg|
|12||2314235×08||OPERATIONAL||Fred Kersley||Daniel Staeck||14||54kg|
|13||6323×21211||REAL LOVE||Adam Durrant||William Pike||5||54kg|
|14||1442145462||RED BLAST||Daniel Morton||Ms Jerry Noske (a)||8||54kg|
|15||131×432703||RESPONDENT||Grant Williams||Brad Parnham||12||54kg|
|16||5×26118224||SON OF SOMETHING||Justin Warwick||Damian Lane||17||54kg|
|17e||6×95820156||STARLIGHT LADY||Karen Kersley||Ryan Hill||9||54kg|
|18e||00×7314780||BEDAMIJO||Tara Itzstein||Shaun Mc Gruddy||3||54kg|