2015 Grafton Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

July 6th, 2015

A talented and capacity field of 16 has been confirmed for Thursday’s featured 2015 Grafton Cup (2350m); highlighted by the inclusion of some of the autumn and winter carnival’s standout stayers.

Banca Mo has been confirmed in the 2015 Grafton Cup final field. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Banca Mo has been confirmed in the 2015 Grafton Cup final field. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Bonfire has quickly built to the task over two starts this time, but will need luck in running to win the 2015 Grafton Cup after being allocated a race-high 59kgs and the somewhat wide and awkward barrier 14.

Finishing outside the first three only a handful of times through his fifteen start career, Bonfire finished a credible fourth in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) first-up on June 7th; progressing to second in the Listed Winter Cup (2400m) most recently on June 27th.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse saddled Queenstown to success in the 2014 edition of the Grafton Cup and has confirmed Blake Shinn for the ride on her sole entrant in 2015.

Banca Mo has been a standout performer in country Cups races this time but will also need to produce arguably his best effort to date to win the Grafton Cup from barrier 16 and with 58.5kgs.

Securing twelve wins and as many minors through his 35 career starts so far, Banca Mo finished a credible third in the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) on February 9th; progressing to second in the Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) before taking out the Listed Mornington Cup (2300m) on March 28th.

While unable to figure in his next two starts, the son of Tough Speed produced an impressive turn of foot to finish a close second in the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) on June 13th before boxing on for a credible fourth in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) on the Gold Coast last time out on June 20th.

Trainer Chris Waller has been confirmed to launch a three-pronged attack on the 2015 Grafton Cup but is undoubtedly offered his best chance of success with Danchai; who will be partnered by Hugh Bowman and will leave from the ideal barrier 2.

Running fifth in a Warwick Farm minor over 1600m first-up on May 6th, Danchai booked a ticket north with a credible performance for third in the talent-rich Eremein Handicap (1800m) on May 30th and immediately justified to decision when taking out the Ipswich Cup.

Having returned to Sydney for third in the Winter Cup, Waller has been thrilled with the work produced by the Authorized gelding through the last fortnight and is confident of another polished performance in the Grafton Cup 2015.

David Vandyke is also offered more than one good chance for success in the Grafton Cup via Maurus and Archean, who will each carry only 54kgs.

Finishing outside the first three only twice in nine career starts, Maurus will be looking to post a second-consecutive race win in the Grafton Cup after taking out the Schweppes BM84 (1900m) on June 27th.

Archean has produced a similar form line to his stable mate in the lead-up to the Grafton Cup, highlighted by an impressive win in the More Than Ready @ Vinery Plate (1900m) last time out on June 24th.

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2015 Grafton Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 32x2237x42 BONFIRE (GB) Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 14 59kg 100
2 4323210024 BANCA MO Bevan Laming Timothy Bell 16 58.5kg 99
3 73×6342582 SHOREHAM Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 4 56.5kg 95
4 204x00x861 KAPOUR (IRE) Ciaron Maher Kerrin McEvoy 6 56kg 94
5 89677×5313 DANCHAI (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2 55.5kg 93
6 368×612337 DARCI BE GOOD (NZ) Andrew Williamson Brad Pengelly 11 55.5kg 93
7 x6655x3413 REIGNING Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 1 54.5kg 91
8 4x54x66x94 GOSH (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 10 54kg 87
9 060×016160 NOISY OCEAN Bryan Guy Tommy Berry 15 54kg 87
10 1927908085 PHRASES Bindi Cheers Andrew Gibbons 3 54kg 85
11 9235912636 DREAM FOLK Gregory Hickman Ms Winona Costin (a) 5 54kg 80
12 7214×21221 MAURUS (GB) David Vandyke Jason Collett 13 54kg 78
13 2x76163x71 ARCHEAN (USA) David Vandyke Blake Spriggs 9 54kg 73
14 8546135401 MULLET MAN Ruth Cooper 12 54kg 73
15 9145183342 KINGSTON TIME Paul Grills Ms Jodi Worley (a) 7 54kg 70
16 0587111124 RAPIDUS (NZ) Bindi Cheers Raymond Spokes 8 54kg 69