Eleven stayers have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2015 Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m); highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting performers.
Precedence is seeking a third win in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup and will leave from barrier 8 with Craig Williams aboard on Saturday.
A strong and consistent performer for Bart and James Cummings, Precedence has posted ten wins and as many minors through 67 career starts.
Returning this time for tenth in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m), Precedence progressed to thirteenth in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) before running on for sixth in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2520m) last time out.
The Zabeel gelding will relish a second-consecutive race at 2500m and loves the Moonee Valley conditions.
The United States has been a standout performer for Macedon Lodge this season and will leave from barrier 6 in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup with leading hoop Hugh Bowman aboard.
Finishing outside the first three only a handful of times through eleven career starts so far, The United States returned this time for success in the talent-rich Sweeney Estate Agents Handicap (1500m) on August 22nd before running second in the Craig Opie Cup (1600m) a fortnight later.
Having since finished second in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) and sixth in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m), the Galileo entire appears as though he’ll eat up the 2500m on Saturday and will be hard to beat.
Let’s Make Adeal gained ballot-free entry into the Melbourne Cup with success in The Bart Cummings last time and will use the Moonee Valley Gold Cup as a final point of call prior to the major staying test.
Posting four wins and nine minors through 31 career starts for Nigel Blackiston, Let’s Make Adeal clearly needed the run when 12th in the Listed Heatherlie Stakes (1700m) first-up on August 29th but progressed to eighth in the Naturalism Stakes prior to The Bart Cummings.
Four-year-old Bohemian Lily will relish a step-up in distance and has been charged with carrying only 53kgs in the 2015 Moonee Valley Gold Cup.
Leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir will launch a two-pronged attack on the major staying race on Saturday after confirming both Prince Of Penzance and Taiyoo in the 2015 Moonee Valley Gold Cup field.
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2015 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||0556x5x006||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||James Cummings||Craig Williams||8||57kg||103|
|2||3x43028x48||BIG MEMORY (FR)||Tony McEvoy||Nash Rawiller||3||57kg||101|
|3||82123×8558||PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ)||Darren Weir||Ms Michelle Payne||4||57kg||103|
|4||00281×9717||ESCADO||Matt Laurie||Ben Melham||9||56.5kg||102|
|5||1112×70875||TAIYOO||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||10||56.5kg||104|
|6||62x893x000||LIKE A CAROUSEL||Ken Keys||–||1||56kg||96|
|7||4x3x0x1226||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Hugh Bowman||6||56kg||98|
|8||x32303x840||BOLD SNIPER (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||James McDonald||7||55kg||96|
|9||57x214x081||LET’S MAKE ADEAL||Nigel Blackiston||Dom Tourneur||5||54.5kg||105|
|10||21172×0034||BONDEIGER||Danny O’Brien||James Winks||2||53kg||98|
|11||x2121x6923||BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Kerrin McEvoy||11||53kg||95|