The 2011 Moonee Valley Gold Cup will undergo somewhat of a revamp this year as it’s renamed to the 2011 Drake International Cup.
All the crucial aspects of the race will stay the same though and it’s expected to remain a vital step for some horses that are planning to continue on to the 2011 Melbourne Cup and other Group 1 events.
That means it remains on the same card as the 2011 Cox Plate and will remain at Moonee Valley Racecourse.
It also means it will continue to be run over 2500m and be worth $250,000 for horses aged four years and older.
It will also stay as a Group 2 rated event and be run under set weight and penalty conditions.
As always at this stage of the spring carnival trainers are refusing to give too much away about the plans for their horses and no schedule is ever locked in concrete.
That means it’s still anyone’s guess about the field we could have for the 2011 Moonee Valley Cup and it will depend on how the horses travel over the next couple of weeks.
It’s likely though some horses that potentially don’t perform up to scratch in the Caulfield Cup and still need a ballot boost to make the Melbourne Cup field will contest the Drake International.
That’s the beauty of the race as it always attracts a group of runners who’s trainers are desperate to sneak them into the field for Australia’s richest race.
It always guarantees a fascinating contest and the 2011 Drake International should be no different.
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