Think It Over heads field of 12 in Australian Cup

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Australian Cup field

The Kerry Parker-trained Think It Over is the highest rated horse (116) among 12 Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) runners on Saturday.

The So You Think gelding reinforced his dislike for Heavy ground last start making it zero placings from four attempts but was game in defeat finishing just 1.4 lengths from Verry Elleegant in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).

A return to firmer ground on Saturday will suit and he’s drawn ideally in gate 4 with regular rider Nash Rawiller in the saddle.
Melbourne Cup (3200m) 3rd placegetter Spanish Mission has drawn wide in gate 10, as has Callsign Mav in barrier 11 having finished just ahead of Spanish Mission last start.

The Peter Young Stakes (1800m) is a proven lead-up race and this year’s winner Cascadian and runner-up Yonkers have drawn well in gates 2 and 5 respectively.

John O’Shea’s three-quarter brother to the mighty Frankel, Maximal, showed promise finishing 2.5 lengths from I’m Thunderstruck in the Golden Eagle (1500m) but will need to lift on his last placing in the Apollo Stakes (1400m) behind Think It Over.

2022 Australian Cup Field and Barrier Draw

No. Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 2 59kg
2 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 4 59kg
3 SPANISH MISSION (USA) Peter G Moody James McDonald 10 59kg
4 HO HO KHAN (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Ms Tahlia Hope (a) 12 59kg
5 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 7 59kg
6 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Gavin Bedggood Dean Holland 6 59kg
7 YONKERS (USA) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5 59kg
8 CALLSIGN MAV (NZ) Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott 11 59kg
9 DELPHI (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 1 59kg
10 MAXIMAL (GB) John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 3 58.5kg
11 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Ms Jamie Kah 9 57kg
12 DUAIS Edward Cummings Joshua Parr 8 57kg