Birthday Cup nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Birthday Cup. The Birthday Cup will be run on Saturday 20th February at Morphettville racecourse.

 

HorseSexAgeTrainer
1BLACK CHEVALIERG4David & Coral Feek
2BOLD ZAMOUR (NZ)G7John A O’Connor
3CAPODECINAG5Gordon Richards
4CLARIFYM5Barry Brook
5GAMBLIN’ GURUG5Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
6GO DREAMINGG6Grant Kluske
7GRAVITATIONALG5Phillip Stokes
8HIOCTDANEG6Richard Jolly
9HOYLAKE (NZ)G5Lloyd Kennewell
10JIM’S JOURNEYG4Peter F Blanch
11KUSHADASIG5Richard Jolly
12LUCKY LUCKY LUCKYG6Tony McEvoy
13LUCKZAT (NZ)M7Wayne Walters
14PARADANZAM6Tony Noonan
15RIVER’S LANEG9Ryan Balfour
16SATURDAY SORCERERG6Andrew Dillon
17TIDY PROPHETM5Will Clarken
18USTINOV’S FURYG6Shane Oxlade
19WHAT’S IN A NAMEG6Jim Smith
20ZERPRISE JOURNEYM4Mick Huxtable

News:

New Zealand colt Xtravagant is back in contention for the Australian Guineas following his Group One win in the Waikato Sprint.

The favourite for next month’s Guineas until his defeat in the Levin Classic on a soft track, Xtravagant had drifted to $11.

But his eight-length demolition of his older rivals in Saturday’s 1400m-race at Te Rapa has caused a market readjustment and he is now $6 behind $5 favourites Mahuta and Palentino.

Connections made the decision to stick to the fence on Saturday, a move that gave Xtravagant the opportunity to kick away from his rivals as their jockeys steered wide.

“We made a plan before the race,” co-trainer Stephen Autridge told nzracing.co.nz.

“There was a strip along the fence that was perfect and the horse showed his class.

“We saved the ground and now it’s the Australian Guineas – bring it on.”

Jockey Matt Cameron said he was thrilled the colt had returned to his best.

“It’s so exciting to see this horse back,” he said.

“We knew what we had. His turn of foot is blistering and he could race over 1000 metres at Flemington and do the same thing.

“He’s amazing for New Zealand racing.”

Xtravagant, who is raced by Te Akau Racing, has now won five of his eight starts including last year’s NZ 2000 Guineas at his only run over the 1600 metres of the Australian Guineas at Flemington.

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