TL Cooney Handicap Field – 2016

The Final Field has been released for the 2016 TL Cooney Handicap which is to be run at Ipswich racecourse on Saturday 18th, June 2016. View the TL Cooney Handicap Field.

1ALWAYS SACREDToby Edmonds959kg
2DON’T DENY USRobert HeathcoteMichael Cahill457kg
3RELAMPAGOCraig CousinsBrad Stewart756.5kg
4DEE NINE ELLETony GollanMs Tegan Harrison856kg
5IN HIS STRIDERex LippJames Orman (a0/53kg)1056kg
6LOST CLASSICTony Sears254.5kg
7ROXY RHYTHMBrenton Andrew654.5kg
8MADAME DE BANMatthew Dunn354kg
9IMA SHOWMANKevin Kemp1154kg
10KIM NOIRSteve TregeaPaul Hammersley1354kg
11SALMANAZARTony GollanJim Byrne154kg
12MARTIAL ARTGeoff BurnsRyan Wiggins554kg
13RARE AIRBen Ahrens1254kg


The world’s highest ranked horse, A Shin Hikari, bids to become the first Japanese-trained Royal Ascot winner when he runs in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

The five-year-old has racked up a string of wins in his homeland, but it was his all-the-way victory in December’s Hong Kong Cup that really propelled him to a wider audience.

He made a devastating start to his European stint with a 10-length victory in the Prix d’Ispahan at Chantilly last month and is odds-on to follow up in the feature event on day two of the showpiece Ascot meeting on Wednesday (Thursday AEST).

Aidan O’Brien has saddled two previous winners of the 10-furlong (2000m) race – Duke Of Marmalade (2008) and So You Think (2012) – and sends top-class filly Found into battle this time.

Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf winner has had to make do with the runner-up spot at her past two starts in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh and the Coronation Cup at Epsom.

Clive Cox expects the soft conditions to suit My Dream Boat, who was fifth behind A Shin Hikari at Chantilly.

“He will be very much at home in the conditions and we’re looking forward to running him,” Cox said.

“I’m full of admiration for the Japanese horse who was pretty mind-blowing in Chantilly, but our horse is in great form.

“I couldn’t be happier with his well-being and if he can put in the same sort of performance he did at Sandown, he should give a good account of himself.”

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