Grafton Cup 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

July 9th, 2012

A quality 11-horse field has been named to contest Thursday’s Listed $150,000 2012 Grafton Cup (2350m).

Headlining the group of stayers is Warrior Within who returns to the Clarence River Jockey Club to defend the title he won last year.

The Gold Coast-based gelding has not won since October last year but has shown plenty of promise at this year’s Brisbane Winter Carnival and heads into the race on the back of two consecutive place finishes.

The six-year-old ran third to Shenzhou Steeds in the Listed Ipswich Cup and backed up the performance to finish just a length off winner Ginga Due when third in the Group 3 Tatt’s Cup.

A son of King Cugat, Warrior Within will come from a favourable barrier three position, two gates inside topweight Hume.

Set to carry 59kg, Hume won the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap in May but has not placed in three starts since and will have to bounce back from a Queen’s Cup seventh where he finished nearly 30 lengths off winner Spechenka.

John Thompson-trained galloper Shamardashing has performed reasonably throughout the Queensland Winter Carnival and will have in-form South African jockey Jeff Lloyd on board.

The Gold Coast-based five-year-old beat highly-rated import Fruehling at the Gold Coast in the Rainbow Foundation Handicap in early May and is coming off a solid fourth in the Tatt’s Cup last start.

Experienced gelding Blinkin’ Easy is the only last-start winner in the field, with the seven-year-old producing a dominant victory in the Grafton Cup Prelude on July 5.

A veteran of 74 starts, the Ruth Cooper-trained seven-year-old has started in the Grafton Cup once before, recording a fourth-place finish in 2010.

Also included in the Grafton Cup field are Stephen Farley-trained gelding Gazza Guru and 2011 Dubbo Cup winner Southern Shimmer.

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Grafton Cup 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 0904×01097 HUME (NZ) Brian Smith Scott Galloway 5 59kg 91
2 0635930833 WARRIOR WITHIN Bruce W Hill Paul Hammersley 3 58kg 89
3 8835311404 SHAMARDASHING John P Thompson Jeff Lloyd 9 57.5kg 88
4 8578×06106 GAZZA GURU Stephen Farley Peter Robl 6 56.5kg 86
5 770266×300 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Ryan Wiggins 7 54.5kg 82
6 64×0434752 SOUTHERN SHIMMER Ross Stitt Robert Thompson 1 54kg 75
7 6716633010 DANAHERE (NZ) Sue Grills Ric McMahon 4 54kg 72
8 0010700371 BLINKIN EASY Ruth Cooper Timothy Bell (a) 11 54kg 71
9 x445150083 RODEO PLAYBOY John B Scott Ben Looker 2 54kg 69
10 111134×774 FRENCH GIFT Steve Hodge Ms Alex Stokes (a) 10 54kg 68
11 72×8893172 TRADING SECRETS (NZ) Mark Lynch Luke Rolls 8 54kg 62