Perth Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

Gary Emmerson Gary Emmerson in News 31 Dec 2019
  • Star Exhibit is a two-time winner
Star Exhibit Durrant Racing

Defending champion Star Exhibit heads a field of 13 for Saturday’s Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot.

Adam Durrant’s eight-year-old is the highest rated galloper in the line-up by some margin and will have 5kg more to carry that all five rivals as he bids to win a third Perth Cup having also landed the race in December 2016.

Star Exhibit will jump from barrier six.

Durrant also has roughie Royal Command entered for the first feature of the new year and he will jump from barrier 1.

Grant & Alana Williams rely on just one runner in the shape of favourite the William Pike-ridden Mississippi Delta, who was fourth behind Star Exhibit in the Perth Cup 12 months ago. He has a slightly awkward draw to contend with in gate 11.

Last start GA Towton Cup winner Taxango (barrier 2) will bid to repeat that success for Fred Kersley with the placegetters Prince Turbo (Jason Miller) and Missile Launch (Vaughn Sigley) reopposing.

Justin Warwick’s Spritual Warrior (barrier 4), who won the ATA Stakes last start, is another leading contender.

Perth Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

1. STAR EXHIBIT – Adam Durrant – Peter Hall – 6 – 58kg
2. ARCTIC STREAM – Ross Price – Peter Knuckey – 7 – 53kg
3. BRITISH BESSY – Sharon Miller – Joseph Azzopardi – 10 – 53kg
4. DARK MUSKET – Graeme Ballantyne – Jason Whiting – 8 – 53kg
5. FRIAR FOX – Justine Erkelens – Steven Parnham – 3 – 53kg
6. MISSILE LAUNCH – Vaughn Sigley – Patrick Carbery – 5 – 53kg
7. MISSISSIPPI DELTA – Grant & Alana Williams – William Pike – 11 – 53kg
8. PLAYS THE GAME (NZ) – Michael Lane – Ms Kyra Yuill – 13 – 53kg
9. PRINCE TURBO – Jason Miller – Clint Johnston-Porter – 9 – 53kg
10. PRIZE CATCH – Lindsey Smith – Ms Jade McNaught (a) – 12 – 53kg
11. ROYAL COMMAND – Adam Durrant – Shaun McGruddy – 1 – 53kg
12. SPIRITUAL WARRIOR – Justin Warwick – Ms Lucy Warwick – 4 – 53kg
13. TAXAGANO – Fred Kersley – Brad Parnham – 2 – 53kg