Mr O’Ceirin Records 2013 Grafton Cup Victory

July 11th, 2013

Mr O’Ceirin won the Listed 2013 Grafton Cup (2350m) this afternoon with a strong staying performance that indicated he could be a challenger during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival.

The five-year-old stayer was given a terrific ride from Melbourne Cup winning jockey Blake Shinn who got him in an excellent position despite starting the race in the outside barrier.

Mr O’Ceirin hit the front with 300 metres left to run and looked as though he was going to be run down by the fast finishing Yulalona and Saint Encosta but found a little extra to score a narrow victory.

Ciaron Maher was delighted with the performance and was quick to pay credit to Shinn.

“It was a great ride by Blake Shinn,” Maher said.

“There was a lot of pressure early but he rated him really well.

“I always thought he would be very strong at this distance when I eventually got him to it.

“He has been his own worst enemy a little bit but he has put it all together today.

“He relaxed quite well today and I think that was the key.”

Shinn agreed that the horses ability to relax made all the difference in the final stages of the race.

“The key was to get him into a good rhythm and relax today which he did,” Shinn said.

“The horse relaxed really well where he was and I knew he would be strong to the line.

“Full credit goes to Ciaron Maher and the horse.”

The win was Mr O’Ceirin’s ninth career victory and takes his accumulated prizemoney to over $300,000.

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2013 Grafton Cup Results & Finishing Order

Grafton Race 7 – 11/07/2013

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 5 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher Blake Shinn 16 56kg $5
2 13 YULALONA Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 0.2L 11 54kg $31
3 6 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 0.5L 9 55.5kg $6.50
4 11 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Timothy Bell 0.6L 7 54kg $61
5 4 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Christian Reith 2.1L 14 56kg $4.40F
6 17 TRAJET Liam Birchley Robert Thompson 2.7L 10 54kg $31
7 10 DEVISED Tim Donnelly John Kissick (a) 2.8L 4 54kg $16
8 8 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney Eddie Wilkinson 4.3L 12 54kg $14
9 12 RAEBURN Brian Smith Paul Hammersley 5.4L 1 54kg $41
10 2 ZENNISTA (NZ) Lisa Latta Damian Browne 5.7L 6 57kg $4.80
11 14 ZAR ZAR BINKS Bindi Cheers Matthew Paget 6.1L 15 54kg $26
12 15 DAZZLE US Bruce W Hill Jim Byrne 6.8L 13 54kg $71
13 16 PIAZZA SAN PIETRO (NZ) Bede Murray Ms Kathy O’Hara 7.6L 2 54kg $16
14 3 FIUMICINO (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Cahill 12.9L 5 57kg $15
15 19 PHRASES Bindi Cheers Ms Belinda Hodder 13.5L 3 54kg $101
16 1 VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody Glen Colless 23.2L 8 59kg $12