A talented and capacity field of twelve runner plus three emergencies has been confirmed for Monday’s featured 2015 Darwin Cup (2000m) at Fannie Bay Racecourse, highlighted by the inclusion of several notable middle-distance runners.
Travolta has been a strong and consistent performer for Gai Waterhouse in recent seasons, but will need to overcome 60.5kgs if to win the 2015 Darwin Cup.
Posting six wins and a further 12 minors through 38 career starts so far, Travolta returned for a credible sixth in the talent-rich T Harrison Cup (1600m) on June 20th; progressing to a credible seventh in the Metric Mile (1600m) in what was his first start at Fannie Bay on July 25th.
Paul Shiers has been confirmed to take the ride on the Handsome Ransom gelding in the 2015 Darwin Cup and Waterhouse is reportedly thrilled with the condition of the rising seven-year-old.
Gris Caro has been charged with carrying a race-high 61.5kgs in the 2015 Darwin Cup but is undoubtedly the field’s class horse and should still lay a great account for himself on Monday.
A strong and consistent performer for Jake Stephens through the 2014 Spring Carnival, Gris Caro charged home to win the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) on September 20th but was unlucky to be injured during the running of the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on October 4th, forcing a return to the paddock.
Having transferred to the care of Chris Nash for his current preparation, the With Approval entire looks set to contest his whole campaign in Darwin, beginning with Monday’s Cup.
Neil Dyer looks set to dominate the running of the 2015 Darwin Cup after confirming all of Bolton, Royal Request and Proverb in the final field.
Bolton has won eight of his 53 competitive appearances on course so far; finishing in the first three a further 17 times.
Returning this time for third in the Minister’s Cup (1600m) on July 11th, the Zabeel gelding placed sixth in the Metric Mile last time out.
Arguably Dyer’s best chance for success in the 2015 Darwin Cup, Royal Request will be aiming for a third-consecutive win in the 2015 Darwin Cup after taking out a pair of Fannie Bay minors in recent weeks.
Returning this time for fifth in the Roant Gold Cup (1300m) on June 27th, Proverb was unlucky to be checked and seventh in the Minister’s Cup before again finishing fifth in the Metric Mile last time out.
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