2013 Grafton Cup Nominations Released

July 4th, 2013

Always one of the most highly anticipated races outside of the major metropolitan races, the 2013 Grafton Cup is shaping up as a high quality affair.

Mr O'Ceirin is one of the top Grafton Cup entrants. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

A total of 32 horses have been nominated to run in the $150,000 Listed staying test including Victorian gelding Mr O’Ceirin.

The five-year-old has been touted as a potential Caulfield Cup contender and was a Group 3 runner-up in the Naturalism Stakes last spring.

Heading to Grafton in outstanding form is New Zealand mare Zennista who has been firing on all cylinders at Queensland’s winter carnival.

Consecutive minor placings, including a third in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup, transferred into success on June 29 when the five-year-old saluted in the Caloundra Cup.

So impressed was trainer Lisa Latta that she canceled plans to take the stayer home and also indicated she could be a spring player in Melbourne.

Joe Pride has entered progressive four-year-old Destiny’s Kiss who has been a late developer but is really starting to hit his straps.

The Power Of Destiny gelding will chase a third straight win at Grafton after scoring his first black-type win in the Listed Winter Cup at Rosehill on Monday.

John Thompson will be aiming for his second straight Grafton Cup as trainer after Shamardashing saluted last year. While the 2012 champion won’t be there to defend his title, runner-up Saint Encosta will step out in Grafton’s biggest race aiming to go one better.

There will be no shortage of genuine stakes class horses, with other key entrants including Peter Moody’s Italian import Voila Ici, tough Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding Reuben Percival, 2012 Caloundra Cup winner Shenzhou Steeds and last-start Moonee Valley winner De Fine Lago.

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Grafton Cup 2013 – Nominations

Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ANAGOLD Bryan Guy
2 BID SPOTTER Toby Edmonds 86
3 BRAVE ALI (NZ) Craig Martin 71
4 BUFFETT (NZ) Bruce W Hill
5 CASTLEMAGNE KING Basil Ryan 63
6 CIRCLE OF FAME Ruth Cooper 57
7 DAZZLE US Bruce W Hill
8 DE FINE LAGO Tony Vasil
9 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride 97
10 DEVISED Tim Donnelly 85
11 FIUMICINO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 99
12 GOLD CAPE John Wheeler
13 HANDSOME DANE Owen Glue 73
14 LUCKY IMA CUGAT Steve Hodge 61
15 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher
16 PEAL OF BELLS Gwenda Markwell 93
17 PHRASES Bindi Cheers 65
18 PIAZZA SAN PIETRO (NZ) Bede Murray 77
19 RAEBURN Brian Smith
20 RETUNE David Kelly 64
21 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 96
22 RHETORIC Maryann Brosnan 65
23 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson 84
24 SHABANA Mark Lynch 69
25 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney
26 TRAJET Liam Birchley
27 VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody
28 VOLCANIC TRADER John A Sprague 55
29 WORLD WIDE Bede Murray 90
30 YULALONA Peter Snowden 81
31 ZAR ZAR BINKS Bindi Cheers 75
32 ZENNISTA (NZ) Lisa Latta