2015 Grafton Cup Nominations and Weights Released

July 3rd, 2015

Weights have been released for the 2015 Grafton Cup (2350m); to be contested next Thursday, July 9th by an anticipated capacity field of 16 stayers.

Banca Mo has been included in 2015 Grafton Cup nominations. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Banca Mo has been included in 2015 Grafton Cup nominations. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Gai Waterhouse has included only one runner in nominations for the 2015 Grafton Cup, and Bonfire has been confirmed to carry a race-high 59kgs should he accept into the race’s final field.

A strong and consistent performer for Waterhouse through four Spring Carnival starts, the Manduro gelding returned this time for fourth in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) before running a close second in the Listed Winter Cup (2400m) last weekend.

Banca Mo has performed particularly well in regional Cups races this time in and will carry 58.5kgs in the 2015 Grafton Cup.

Posting twelve race wins and as many minors through his 35 career starts to date, Banca Mo finished in the minors in each of the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) and Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) in February before taking out the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) on March 28th.

Having placed second in the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) and fourth in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) on the Gold Coast most recently, the Tough Speed gelding should have no issues performing with his weight allocation.

Irish import Kapour will carry winning form into the 2015 Grafton Cup should he accept into the race’s final field, and has been charged with carrying 56kgs.

Transferring to the care of Ciaron Maher prior to his 2014 campaign, Kapour failed to make anything of an impact in his first two Australian starts in spring, but has quickly built to the task this time in.

Finishing eighth in the Carlton Draught Handicap (1600m) first-up on May 16th, the Toylsome gelding placed sixth in the Dominant Handicap (2040m) before charging home to take out the Winter Cup.

The Chris Waller-trained Danchai has also returned to racing in competitive form this time and has been allocated 55.5kgs for the 2015 Grafton Cup.

Running a credible third in the talent-rich Eremein Handicap (1800m) at Rosehill Gardens on May 30th, Danchai arrived in Brisbane for success in the Ipswich Cup on June 13th before returning to Sydney for third in the Winter Cup on June 27th.

David Vandyke is set to launch a two-pronged attack on the 2015 Grafton Cup via Maurus and Archean, and the pair should prove very hard to beat with allocations of just 54kgs each.

Maurus is yet to finish worse than second in five starts this time and booked a ticket north for the 2015 Grafton Cup will success in the Schweppes BM84 (1900m) at Rosehill Gardens last weekend.

Archean began his racing career under the guidance of Andre Fabre but has found great form under Vandyke’s watch this time and took out the More Than Ready Plate (1900m) at Canterbury most recently on June 24th.

The 2015 Grafton Cup final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Monday July 6th.

2015 Grafton Cup Nominations and Weights

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 204x00x861 KAPOUR (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher 1= 56kg 94
2 89677×5313 DANCHAI (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 1= 55.5kg 93
3 1x6655x341 REIGNING G 6 Chris Waller 1= 54.5kg 91
4 8546135401 MULLET MAN G 5 Ruth Cooper 1= 54kg 73
5 32x2237x42 BONFIRE (GB) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 5 59kg 100
6 4323210024 BANCA MO G 7 Bevan Laming 6 58.5kg 99
7 35×7093062 BAGMAN G 8 Chris Waller 7= 58kg 98
8 400×408315 JETSET LAD (NZ) G 7 Brian Smith 7= 58kg 98
9 73×6342582 SHOREHAM G 5 Gerald Ryan 9 56.5kg 95
10 368×612337 DARCI BE GOOD (NZ) G 6 Andrew Williamson 10 55.5kg 93
11 x16x09x00x THOUGHT WORTHY (USA) G 6 Brett Cavanough 11 55kg 92
12 4x54x66x94 GOSH (IRE) M 5 Chris Waller 12= 54kg 87
13 060×016160 NOISY OCEAN G 6 Bryan Guy 12= 54kg 87
14 1927908085 PHRASES G 5 Bindi Cheers 14 54kg 85
15 9235912636 DREAM FOLK G 5 Gregory Hickman 15 54kg 80
16 7214×21221 MAURUS (GB) G 4 David Vandyke 16 54kg 78
17 0355×42141 IN MASQUERADE (NZ) M 4 Desleigh Forster 17 54kg 77
18 2x76163x71 ARCHEAN (USA) G 4 David Vandyke 18= 54kg 73
19 078×621965 MONACO DOLL (NZ) M 5 Toby Edmonds 18= 54kg 73
20 923×725575 LUCKY LIAISON G 6 Kristen Buchanan 20 54kg 72
21 9145183342 KINGSTON TIME G 6 Paul Grills 21 54kg 70
22 0587111124 RAPIDUS (NZ) G 6 Bindi Cheers 22 54kg 69
23 x022224423 DUELLING GODDESS (NZ) M 6 Dean S Smith 23 54kg 54