A full field of 16 horses as well as two emergencies have been named for the Group 3 2012 Premier’s Cup that will test a quality group of stayers over 2200 metres.
Carrying the top weight is Gerald Ryan-trained gelding Ironstein who turned the corner when running second in the Chairman’s Handicap last start after a poor run of form.
The son of Zabeel has drawn the inside barrier and will be out to add a third Group level victory to his resume that stands at eight wins from 38 career outings.
Chairman’s Handicap winner Hume, who produced a remarkable performance to take top honours when paying $51.00, faces a tough ask to record a second straight victory after drawing the outside barrier.
It has been a remarkable effort from the eight-year-old’s trainer Brian Smith who brought him back up to class after not previously tasting victory since June 2009.
In-form mare Dance With Her has drawn barrier two and will be out to record a third consecutive victory after producing some impressive performances of late.
The Al Maher five-year-old finished strongly to win the Listed Warrnambool Cup by a length on May 3 and backed up nine days later to take top honours in the Centaurea Stakes at Morphetville.
With rain predicted for Thursday and Friday, conditions could favour the Mornington-based horse who has an excellent wet-track record.
Also chasing a third straight win and also having good wet-track credentials is John Thompson-trained Shamardashing who has won his last two starts on heavy tracks.
Irish-bred five-year-old Wazn has been building nicely heading into the race, having finished fourth in a quality Rowley Mile field before coming second in the Lord Mayor’s Cup at Rosehill.
The Chris Waller-trained horse has solid career record of five wins and five placings from 14 starts and has collected more than $280,000 in prize money.
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Premier’s Cup 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||55451X0082||IRONSTEIN||Gerald Ryan||Josh Adams (a)||1||58kg||102|
|2||1X5660X509||ABSOLUTELY||Michael Kent||Brad Rawiller||9||57kg||104|
|3||1X77X0X438||LARRY’S NEVER LATE (NZ)||Jim Conlan||Dwayne Dunn||3||57kg||100|
|4||250X116011||DANCE WITH HER||David Brideoake & David Feek||Steven Arnold||2||56kg||102|
|5||5070904X01||HUME (NZ)||Brian Smith||Scott Galloway||18||55.5kg||97|
|6||X912621X42||WAZN (IRE)||Chris Waller||TBA||13||55kg||96|
|7||14X8835311||SHAMARDASHING||John P Thompson||Chris Munce||15||54kg||94|
|8||070X359607||SHUFFLE THE CASH||Bryan Guy||Luke Nolen||16||54kg||93|
|9||09770X0004||SPECHENKA||Ben Ahrens||Ryan Wiggins||17||54kg||93|
|10||910X063593||WARRIOR WITHIN||Bruce W Hill||Larry Cassidy||4||54kg||92|
|11||0X65224325||VIKING HERO||Michael Moroney||Kerrin McEvoy||6||54kg||91|
|12||846433X886||COUNT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson||Jim Cassidy||7||54kg||90|
|13||115X08X008||FANTASTIC BLUE||Paul N Nolan||Glen Colless||14||54kg||90|
|14||3231171000||MR LIGHT BLUE||Barry Baldwin||Jim Byrne||8||54kg||89|
|15||3609132217||ZA MAGIC||Brian Smith||Eddie Wilkinson||12||54kg||88|
|16||4192761PX5||MOURASANA (GB)||Michael Moroney||Kerrin McEvoy||10||54kg||79.5|
|17e||1236116820||MARKED||Robert Heathcote||Jim Byrne||11||54kg||77.5|
|18e||322X112||FRUEHLING (IRE)||Anthony Freedman||Daniel Moor||5||54kg||77|