Grafton Cup Prelude Field – 2016

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.

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
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.”

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