Grafton Cup 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

July 8th, 2013

The Grafton Cup (2350m) has drawn one of its strongest fields in recent memory with a impressive group of sixteen stayers (plus three emergencies) set to contest the Listed race that will be run on Thursday July 11th.

Destiny's Kiss is aiming for his third straight victory in the Grafton Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Headlining the field is New Zealand-trained Zennista who is backing up from her victory in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m).

Trainer Lisa Latta has Melbourne Spring Carnival aspirations for the five-year-old mare that has impressed since making her Australian racing debut in May.

Zennista has drawn barrier number eight and is expected to start the race as favourite at bookmaker.com.au.

Caloundra Cup runner-up Viola Ici will jump from barrier ten as he aims to win his first race since arriving in Australia twelve months ago.

The Italian import has proven inconsistent but has garnered a cult following because of his aggressive racing style and striking physical appearance.

The 2013 Grafton Cup hopes of Mr O’Ceirin and Destiny’s Kiss took a dint after they both drew wide in the barrier draw today.

Mr O’Ceirin drew the outside barrier and is now unlikely to contest the race while Winter Cup (2400m) winner Destiny’s Kiss drew barrier seventeen.

Destiny’s Kiss will likely be ridden at the tail of the field and will need a bit of luck to record his third straight victory.

Evergreen stayer Fiumicino will jump from barrier seven and is the likely leader of the race.

The Zabeel gelding finished a brave second to stablemate Destiny’s Kiss in the Winter Cup and scored an impressive victory in the Listed WJ McKell (2400m) at Randwick in May.

Other key barrier draws were Reuben Percival (12), Peal of Bells (4), Shenzhou Steeds (15) and Anagold (11).

The 2013 Grafton Cup betting market will be available tomorrow at bookmaker.com.au.

2013 Grafton Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Grafton Race 7 – 3:53pm (AEST) – 11/07/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 400×007352 VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody Glen Colless 10 59kg 103
2 217×274331 ZENNISTA (NZ) Lisa Latta Damian Browne 8 57kg 103
3 3750×70102 FIUMICINO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 7 57kg 99
4 635×644211 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Christian Reith 17 56kg 97
5 41x520x616 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher Blake Shinn 19 56kg 97
6 9272239×55 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 12 55.5kg 96
7 660×070118 PEAL OF BELLS Gwenda Markwell Tim Clark 4 54kg 93
8 30×4075024 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney Eddie Wilkinson 15 54kg 93
9 132×708818 ANAGOLD Bryan Guy Anthony Pattillo 11 54kg 91
10 5545×51234 DEVISED Tim Donnelly John Kissick (a) 6 54kg 85
11 415×800990 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Timothy Bell 9 54kg 84
12 32846×6857 RAEBURN Brian Smith Ryan Wiggins 1 54kg 83
13 76x550x077 YULALONA Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 14 54kg 81
14 1366312311 ZAR ZAR BINKS Bindi Cheers Matthew Paget 18 54kg 79
15 3811255065 DAZZLE US Bruce W Hill Jim Byrne 16 54kg 78
16 43×0813132 PIAZZA SAN PIETRO (NZ) Bede Murray Ms Kathy O’Hara 2 54kg 77
17e 8×88853108 TRAJET Liam Birchley Robert Thompson 13 54kg 76
18e 06×0851112 HANDSOME DANE Owen Glue Brenton Avdulla 5 54kg 73
19e 133512117 PHRASES Bindi Cheers 3 54kg 65