Australia Day Races at Randwick – Australia Day Cup Preview

January 23rd, 2010

This Australia Day, Tuesday 26th, the Australian Jockey Club is preparing for a massive day of racing and entertainment as they host their next feature meeting at the Royal Randwick Racecourse.

The big race of the day that will be drawing the crowds and punters is the $100 000 Listed Australia Day Cup (2400m).

A star studded field of nine are engaged in the event, including the Gai Waterhouse-trained Rabbuka and Anthony Cummings’ Zavite.

Six-year-old Rabbuka is coming off a brilliant win ahead of Spinney in the Frank Underwood Cup at Rosehill a fortnight ago. The Giant’s Causeway gelding has drawn barrier five and will be ridden by Blake Shinn who was onboard for his Underwood Cup victory.

Rabbuka is also the top weighted horse in the Australia Day Cup, carrying 59.5kg. His only concern will be the step up in distance to 2400m as he has never won at a distance greater than 2000m in his eight career wins.

Zavite, carrying the second heaviest weight of 59kg, has drawn the far outside barrier nine, the experienced seven-year-old winner of the Group 2 Ajax Stakes will have in-form hoop Glyn Schofield riding him on Tuesday.

Top training team Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes have their five-year-old Zabeel gelding, Rainbow Styling entered in the race. Rainbow Styling will be ridden by Jim Cassidy, has won his past two starts and will start from barrier six.

Currently sitting second on the NSW Metropolitan Trainers Premiership board, leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller will be represented in the Australia Day Cup by his runner Come On Cugat, drawn ideally in barrier three.

The lightweights of the field all carrying 53kg are the Peter Moody-trained Fairygem (br.2), Brave Lancer (br.7), Just Jammin (br.8) and Karim gaining the inside running with barrier one.

The Australia Day Cup will run as race five on the day’s super eight-race programme.

2010 Australia Day Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw:

#

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Br.

Weight (kg)

1
RABBUKA
Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 5 59.5
2
ZAVITE (NZ)
Anthony Cummings Glyn Schofield 9 59
3
RAINBOW STYLING (NZ)
M, W & J Hawkes Jim Cassidy 6 55
4
THEOPHORUS
Gary Nickson Peter Robl 4 54
5
COME ON CUGAT
Chris Waller Jeff Penza 3 53.5
6
FAIRYGEM (NZ)
Peter G Moody Corey Brown 2 53
7
BRAVE LANCER (NZ)
Stephen Farley Grant Buckley 7 53
8
JUST JAMMIN
Leigh Davis James Geppert 8 53
9
KARIM (NZ)
Gavin Andrews Mitchell Beadman 1 53