Malice Primed for 2016 Grafton Cup

July 14th, 2016

Malice has drifted in 2016 Grafton Cup betting markets, but Godolphin foreman Darren Beadman remains confident the talented stayer is in the right form to win the country feature race this afternoon.

Malice is ready for a big performance in this afternoon's 2016 Grafton Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Malice is ready for a big performance in this afternoon’s 2016 Grafton Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Malice has been a strong and consistent performer for Godolphin through his entire racing career so far; posting five wins and a further eleven minors through a total thirty-one competitive starts since debuting in late 2013.

Beadman told The Daily Examiner the gelding has done extremely well since and impressive Brisbane Winter Carnival campaign, and he is confident the horse is in the right form to return to the winner’s circle in the Grafton Cup 2016.

“His work’s been really solid at home. He’s come on,” Beadman said.

“I know John (O’Shea, trainer) is really happy with him.

“We thought he ran at cracker at Eagle Farm at his first time over a trip. That run has conditioned him really well for the Grafton Cup. It topped him off for what’s ahead.

“His work has been really solid at home and he’s drawn well (barrier 8) and not badly weighted with 57 kilos.

“There are a lot of positives there. He just needs a decent track.”

Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive return this time, Malice clearly required a run to find form when ninth in the Royal Randwick 100 (1400m) first-up on April 16th, but responded favourably when fifth in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) on April 30th.

Progressing to third in the Listed Scone Cup (1600m) a fortnight later, the Teofilo gelding arrived in Brisbane for an impressive third in the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1615m) on May 28th; finishing within a length of in-form winner Mighty Lucky.

Progressing to fourth in the Listed Wayne Wilson Mile (1600m) on Stradbroke Handicap Day, Malice ended his tenure north of the border third in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Eagle Farm on June 25th.

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering punters the best 2016 Grafton Cup odds, for which Malice can be taken at a quote of $4.80 for success.

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