The Final Field has been released for the 2016 Grafton Cup Prelude which is to be run at Grafton racecourse on Thursday 7th, July 2016. View the Grafton Cup Prelude Field.
|1||ALI VITAL (NZ)||Shane Bottomley||Jag Guthmann-Chester (a)||3||62kg|
|2||KINGSTON TIME||Paul Grills||Ms Jodi Worley (a)||8||55kg|
|3||SHADOW REIN||Terry Walshe||Ms Tegan Harrison||9||54kg|
|4||REDNAV||Sally Taylor||Peter Graham||5||54kg|
|5||DREAM SPEED||Matthew Dunn||Andrew Gibbons||14||54kg|
|6||EXPLOSIVE ONE||Matthew Dunn||Paul Hammersley||7||54kg|
|7||KOBI CREEK||Mark Palmer||13||54kg|
|8||COASTAL GEM (NZ)||Greg Howells||Terry Treichel||16||54kg|
|9||MULLET MAN||Ruth Cooper||Allan Chau||2||54kg|
|10||LIGHT MOTION||Shane Everson||Ms Cassandra Schmidt (a)||12||54kg|
|11||SOUND WORLD||Peter Youngberry||Matthew Bennett||10||54kg|
|12||COOL WATER (NZ)||Scott Henley||Luke Rolls||15||54kg|
|13||RAPIDUS (NZ)||Bindi Cheers||Ben Looker||1||54kg|
|14||TOWKASH (NZ)||John Shelton||Matthew Paget||4||54kg|
|15e||SAMSILI||Philip Minter||Scott Galloway||6||54kg|
|16e||SO HOT||Ethan Ensby||11||54kg|
Protectionist will try to win his first European Group One race before a decision is made whether he returns to Australia for the Melbourne Cup.
After Protectionist won the 2014 Melbourne Cup, he stayed in Australia but failed to thrive in the conditions.
His owners, Australian Bloodstock, sent him back to German trainer Andreas Wohler late last year and he has won two races in the past few weeks.
Wohler now has his eyes on the Grosser Preis von Berlin on August 14, the Thoroughbred Daily News said.
“I am happy to see him progress and that he is doing well,” Wohler said.
“He won a conditions race four weeks ago, then the Group Two and I think that his next run if everything goes right will be in a Group One in Berlin in the middle of August.
“We will take it race by race and do what is in the best interests of the horse.
“When he came back to Europe we had that agreement with Australian Bloodstock.”