Birthday Cup Field – 2016

The Final Field has been released for the 2016 Birthday Cup which is to be run at Morphettville on Saturday 20th, February 2016 at 5:03PM. View the Birthday Cup Field.


No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 KUSHADASI Richard Jolly Paul Gatt 1 59kg
2 GAMBLIN’ GURU Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 2 58kg
3 GO DREAMING Grant Kluske Shayne Cahill 9 56.5kg
4 JIM’S JOURNEY Peter F Blanch Ryan Hurdle (a) 4 55.5kg
5 LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY Tony McEvoy Todd Pannell 7 55.5kg
6 GRAVITATIONAL Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 6 54kg
7 RIVER’S LANE Ryan Balfour 12 54kg
8 ZERPRISE JOURNEY Mick Huxtable Ms Jamie Kah 11 54kg
9 WHAT’S IN A NAME Jim Smith Joe Bowditch 10 54kg
10 CAPODECINA Gordon Richards Jake Toeroek 8 54kg
11 TIDY PROPHET Will Clarken Matthew Neilson 5 54kg
12 SATURDAY SORCERER Andrew Dillon Clare Lindop 3 54kg


Luke Nolen will make his return to race riding following a back injury at Flemington on Saturday.

He has a booking for the Peter Moody-trained Gold Symphony in the Group Three CS Hayes Stakes over 1400m.

Gold Symphony provided Nolen with his last winner at Mornington on July 2 and he hasn’t ridden since a Caulfield meeting two days later.

A prolapsed disc between the L4 and L5 vertebrae sidelined the jockey.

Nolen said the Gold Symphony mount had come at the right time as he was considering heading to Wodonga on Saturday.

“I thought after riding work and a little sweat I might be tired by the time I get there so it’s probably a good thing I’m going to Flemington,” he said.

“I’ll be fresher.”

Nolen said he had continued to lose weight after tipping the scales at 70kg before his return to trackwork last month.

He said he expects to ride Gold Symphony at 58.5kg without a visit to the sauna.

“I don’t envisage having a sweat,” he said.

“But it’s been a part of the routine, so I might have one just in case.”

Saturday’s Flemington meeting features the Group One Black Caviar Lightning Stakes.

Nolen rode the great mare in 22 of her unbeaten 25 starts that included three-straight Lightning Stakes victories in from 2011 to 2013.

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