Ballarat Cup Field – 2015

The Final Field has been released for the 2015 Ballarat Cup and Mares which is to be run at Ballarat on Saturday 21st, November 2015 at 4:40PM. View the Ballarat Cup Field.

Race 8 – 4:40PM Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup (2200 METRES)
Of $300,000.1st $180,000, 2nd $54,000, 3rd $27,000, 4th $13,500, 5th $7,500, 6th $6,000, 7th $6,000, 8th $6,000 LISTED
Handicap, Minimum Weight 54kg, Apprentices cannot claim.

Field Limit: 18 + 4 EM

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 6 60kg
2 INDEX LINKED (GB) Chris Waller Ben Melham 10 59.5kg
3 PRINCE CHERI (FR) David Vandyke Mark Zahra 13 57kg
4 DIGITALISM John Sadler Michael Dee (a) 12 56kg
5 AKZAR (IRE) Darren Weir 5 55kg
6 CRAFTY CRUISER Bryce Stanaway Jye McNeil (a) 4 55kg
7 TANBY Mick Cerchi Dean Holland 17 55kg
8 TOOLEYBUC KID Darren Weir 15 55kg
9 MAYGROVE Murray Baker Patrick Moloney (a) 9 54.5kg
10 PONDAROSA MISS (NZ) Jason Bridgman James Winks 3 54.5kg
11 SONNTAG Henry Dwyer Chris Symons 16 54.5kg
12 SYSMO (FR) Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 18 54kg
13 DON DOREMO (NZ) Robbie Laing Craig Robertson 8 54kg
14 LORD DURANTE Simone Ferchie Darren Gauci 11 54kg
15 MUJADALE Paul A Jones Stephen Baster 2 54kg
16 UNGRATEFUL ELLEN Robert Smerdon Craig Newitt 7 54kg
17 ZAYAM (FR) Matthew Smith Vlad Duric 1 54kg
18 WALES Richard Laming 14 54kg

News:

Trainer Jason Petch is convinced Claro El Banco is better than his debut finish suggests and hopes the two-year-old can show it at Ballarat.

Petch is planning to start Claro El Banco in Saturday’s $200,000 Magic Millions 2yo Clockwise Classic (1000m) at Ballarat if the gelding gains a start.

Claro El Banco is one of 17 two-year-olds nominated for Saturday’s sales-restricted race with a field limit of 11 plus four emergencies.

Claro El Banco didn’t beat a runner home in the Maribyrnong Trial on debut at Flemington last month, but Petch says the gelding is better than that and was pleased with the two-year-old’s win in a trial at Ballarat last Thursday in the clockwise direction.

“Everything he’s done at home and in trials suggests he’s got a bit of talent,” Petch said.

“Myself and the connections said `let’s put that race behind us’.”

Petch said it had not been the plan for Claro El Banco to end up back in the field at Flemington, and believes he got a bit of “stage fright” in behind horses.

He said Claro El Banco went to make a run approaching the 200 metres but worried himself out of it.

The trainer believes the youngster is better as an on-pacer which will be the plan on Saturday with jockey Craig Newitt to ride the gelding for the first time.

“If he can get away well, I’m really confident he can run right into the money in this race,” the trainer said.

Claro El Banco won one of three trials at Ballarat last week by half a length in the clockwise direction ahead of Saturday’s race, and Petch said the son of Statue Of Liberty had to do it pretty tough in the heat.

“He ended up winning the trial quite easily and seems to like the Sydney way of going,” the trainer said.

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