Darwin Cup Field – 2016

The Final Field has been released for the 2016 Darwin Cup which is to be run at Fannie Bay racecourse on Monday 1st, August 2016. View the Darwin Cup Field.

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty
1 LIGHTINTHENITE Gary Clarke Paul Shiers 5 63kg
2 MONTALTO Angela Forster Carl Spry 6 56kg
3 WHISTLE STOP Dick Leech Stephen Ridler 10 55.5kg
4 OUR VALDIVIA (NZ) Lisa Lefoe Paul Denton 3 55kg 1.0kg
5 FINKE Gary Clarke Brendon Davis 8 54.5kg
6 ROYAL REQUEST Neil Dyer Tommy Berry 1 54.5kg
7 SATURDAY SORCERER Jason Manning Dean Yendall 7 54kg
8 BIG MAN Gary Clarke Kim Gladwin 12 54kg
9 MOON DEVIL Angela Forster Jarrod Todd 4 54kg
10 KAYNO Kerry Petrick Jason Lyon 9 54kg
11 ORION (NZ) Kerry Petrick Wayne Davis 13 54kg
12 SPARTAN EAGLE Bob Richard Ms Felicia Bergstrand 11 54kg
13e CANNY BALLAD Michael Hickmott 2 54kg


Apprentice Regan Bayliss has felt the wrath of stewards for the seventh time this year after being suspended at Caulfield.

Bayliss was outed for 12 meetings on a careless riding charge aboard pick-up ride Celeritas in the Debra Coombs Handicap on Saturday.

Racing Victoria stewards allege Bayliss shifted out at the 250m mark, causing the Ben Allen ridden My Sister Lil to be checked.

Chief steward Terry Bailey said Bayliss’s record of seven suspensions this calendar, combined with a not guilty plea, had counted against him.

“The penalties don’t come down if you keep getting suspended,” Bailey said.

Bayliss can return for the Caulfield meeting on August 13.

Ben Melham was fined $500 for using his mobile phone in the jockeys room during the meeting.

Melham explained he was inquiring via a text message into the health his son who had an attack of croup on Friday night and his wife who had fainted.

“I should have brought in, but I was worried about them,” Melham said.

Bailey said it was a breach of the rules but stewards would have been happy to work in with him.

“We understand the personal circumstances,” Bailey said.

“But it can breed sinister things if we’re not told about it.”

Earlier in the day, Allen’s inexperience saved him from an improper riding charge aboard Scherzoso in the VOBIS Gold Stayers.

Craig Williams on Bondeiger had established a position one off the fence as Allen was trying to get in from a three wide position.

“In the last couple of years we have taken a dim view of riders forcing the issue over a period of time,” Bailey said.

“If you were a senior or a non-claimer you would be facing a charge.”

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