A talented field of eighteen stayers has been confirmed for Monday’s featured 2016 Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m); highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Autumn Carnival’s standout stayers.
Real Love savaged the line for success at Flemington last weekend and has been confirmed alongside stable mate Signoff in the 2016 Adelaide Cup field.
Beginning her career under the guidance of leading Perth trainer Adam Durrant, Real Love has been a strong and consistent performer through her entire 23 start career so far; posting seven wins and nine minors.
Debuting for Darren Weir with a credible run for third in the Doriemus Handicap (2000m) at Flemington on January 30th, the daughter of Desert King again placed third in the Listed Torney Night Cup (2500m) on February 19th before charging home to win the Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) over the weekend.
Real Love has been confirmed to be partnered by Brad Rawiller and will leave from barrier 12 in the Adelaide Cup.
Signoff has returned to racing in typically blistering form this time and will leave from the ideal barrier 2 with apprentice Harry Coffey in the saddle.
Capping an impressive 2014 campaign fourth in the Melbourne Cup (3200m), Signoff was unlucky to miss virtually the entire 2014 calendar through injury but returned on Boxing Day to win the Listed Lord Stakes (1700m).
Running second in the Torney Night Cup, the son of Authorized returned to winning form in the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) at Morphettville last time out on March 5th.
Up Cups has found exceptional form in Tasmania recently and will leave from the central barrier 7 in the 2016 Adelaide Cup.
The winner of eight of his 36 starts, Up Cups returned this time in October for sixth in the Colours Private Room BM72 (1200m) and has since had ten competitive starts,
Clearly relishing a continued step up in distance, the Helike gelding won the Brighton Cup (2100m) on January 8th; progressing to success in the Summer Cup (2200m) before taking out each of the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) and Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) most recently.
Like A Carousel has clearly taken benefit from his first two runs this time and will relish a step-up to two miles for the 2016 Adelaide.
A proven performer at the distance, Like A Carousel charged home to finish third in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) most notably last year.
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2016 Adelaide Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2314x8x121||SIGNOFF (IRE)||Darren Weir||Harry Coffey (a)||2||59kg||105|
|2||8×17843331||REAL LOVE||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||12||55.5kg||102|
|3||x43x056107||KUSHADASI||Richard Jolly||Paul Gatt||8||54.5kg||96|
|4||2x607x2236||GAMBLIN’ GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Jason Holder||3||54kg||95|
|5||11x36x7018||GO DREAMING||Grant Kluske||Justin Potter||15||54kg||95|
|6||x000544x97||LIKE A CAROUSEL||Ken Keys||Glen Boss||16||54kg||95|
|7||6393621111||UP CUPS||David Brunton||David Pires||7||54kg||95|
|8||4×88213821||SWACADELIC (GER)||Aaron Purcell||Kerrin McEvoy||14||53.5kg||94|
|9||71312×1824||JIM’S JOURNEY||Peter F Blanch||Dom Tourneur||11||53kg||90|
|10||0x17154134||LUCQUES||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damian Lane||10||53kg||85|
|11||2411012223||TUNES||Grant Young||Ms Jamie Kah||17||53kg||84|
|12||7244720106||WALES||Richard Laming||Steven King||13||53kg||82|
|13||8x8514x711||LAST WISH (NZ)||Tony McEvoy||Sam Clipperton||6||53kg||81|
|14||946x7x9929||GALLATIN||John Macmillan||Zac Spain (a)||1||53kg||81|
|15||5145434462||CELTIC PRINCE (NZ)||Grant Young||Jake Toeroek||4||53kg||81|
|16||64x6933x00||DISTILLATION||Nick Smart||Caitlin Jones (a)||9||53kg||81|
|17||34×5526141||TIDY PROPHET||Will Clarken||Todd Pannell||5||53kg||80|
|18||1336184483||PURPLE SMILE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Stephen Baster||18||53kg||74|