Ten Confirmed in 2017 Hobart Cup Field

January 31st, 2017

Ten stayers have been confirmed to seek black type success in Tasmania on Sunday afternoon following the release of the 2017 Hobart Cup field this morning.

Cool Chap has been confirmed in the 2017 Hobart Cup field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Cool Chap has been confirmed in the 2017 Hobart Cup field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Darren Weir has been pleased with the class displayed by Big Duke this time and has confirmed the talented import in the 2017 Hobart Cup field.

Big Duke posted a number of strong results through a short career in Britain and arrived in Australia to finish a credible fourth in the Christmas Raceday 18 BM70 (1500m) at Bendigo on November 24th.

Progressing to second behind Castle Hackett in the Yarramalong Racing Club BM70 (1600m) on December 7th, the Raven’s Pass gelding will be seeking a third-consecutive win in the Hobart Cup 2017 after taking out each of the Dennis Hanrahan BM78 (1800m) and Schweppes Sparling BM78 (2040m) most recently.

Cool Chap has found typically smart form this time in and is another mainland raider that can been confirmed in the 2017 Hobart Cup field.

Cool Chap debuted to racing for the recently-retired Peter Moody in 2015, but has undoubtedly stepped up in class and ability since arriving in the care of Lee & Anthony Freedman in March last year.

Winning the Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) and running third in the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) in his first campaign for the Freedmans, the High Chaparral gelding was unable to reach the same highs through the Spring Carnival, but ended the year a credible fifth in the Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m).

Having placed second in each of the Swettenham Stud Champions BM84 (1800m) and Schweppes Sparkling BM78 (2040m) this time in, Cool Chap will relish a step up to 2400m and will carry only 54kgs in the 2017 Hobart Cup.

Local trainer Scott Brunton has unearthed a quality stayer in Count Da Vinci, who has also drawn into the 2017 Hobart Cup field with only 54kgs in tow.

A former kiwi galloper, Count Da Vinci won each of his first four starts with complete ease upon debuting to Australian racing in October last year, before making a successful step up in class with a near two-length triumph in the Brighton Cup (2100m).

Having finished second behind fellow Hobart Cup acceptor Geegees Goldengirl in the Summer Cup (2200m) last time out on January 22nd, the Faltaat gelding will be partnered by regular hoop David Pires on Sunday.

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2017 Hobart Cup Final Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 117×008926 UP CUPS David Brunton Craig Newitt 0 58kg 96
2 523189×075 LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 0 56kg 92
3 2274×74751 GEEGEES GOLDENGIRL Stuart Gandy Ms Sigrid Carr 0 55kg 94
4 13×9226522 COOL CHAP Lee & Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 0 54kg 87
5 2418×30045 GLADSTONE Scott Brunton Anthony Darmanin 0 54kg 83
6 75×0421175 MILSON Julie Richards 0 54kg 71
7 323x1x4211 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 0 54kg 83
8 x36x111112 COUNT DA VINCI (NZ) Scott Brunton David Pires 0 54kg 85
9 6603053126 THE PRINCELING Charlie Goggin & Luella Meaburn Raquel Clark (a) 0 54kg 63
10 7552×86533 SETTLER’S STONE Troy Blacker Jarrod Todd 0 54kg 74