Amexed Tough to Beat in 2016 Grafton Cup

July 12th, 2016

Prominent Queensland racing identity Chris Munce believes the Tony Gollan-trained Amexed will prove extremely tough to beat when he lines up for the 2016 Grafton Cup (2150m) on Thursday afternoon.

Amexed is currently tied on the second line of 2016 Grafton Cup betting. Photo: Daniel Costello

Amexed is currently tied on the second line of 2016 Grafton Cup betting. Photo: Daniel Costello

A two-time winner of the Grafton Cup as a jockey, Munce has since taken out a trainers licence and saddles a good contingent of horses out of stables at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse, but it yet to find a runner worthy of lining up in leading staying races like the Grafton feature.

Citing the form found by Amexed this season, which has included wins in the Ipswich Provincial Stayers Cup (2200m) and Listed Caloundra Cup (2350m) at his two most recent starts, Munce told The Daily Examiner he is expecting the classy stayer to be right in the finish of the 2016 Grafton Cup.

“It is a great time of the year, the carnival up here in Grafton,” Munce said.

“It is a good time for the club here getting all the good horses from down south and all the local chances competing against each other. It gets the community back to the races.

“I haven’t had the closest of looks at the field to be honest with you, but a horse from Brisbane, Amexed; he is racing really well, so you would have to give him some hope in the race.”

Amexed has produced a number of impressive results for Gollan through his entire racing career since debuting in late 2013; claiming four wins and as many minors through a total of twenty-two appearances.

Stamping himself as a horse to follow through the 2014 edition of the Brisbane Winter Carnival, the Pentire gelding charged home to win the Group Rough Habit Plate (2000m) as a double-figure odds chance before running fourth in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) and fifth in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).

While somewhat dropping off the radar through the next 18 months, Amexed resumed this time for sixth in the Roladuct Spiral Tubing Plate (1350m) on March 19th; progressing to a luckless run in the ARA Fire BM85 (1630m) before placing third in the Hot FM BM80 (1650m) at Toowoomba on May 21st, in what was his only other start prior to his two recent wins.

Amexed is currently available at 2016 Grafton Cup odds of $5 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.