2017 Newcastle Cup – Cup runners out of Newcastle

2017 Newcastle Cup – Cup runners out of Newcastle

Newcastle Cup (2300m)

The 2017 Newcastle Cup on Friday, September 15th was back out to 2300m after the one-off switch to 2200m last year.

It didn’t look the strongest ever edition of the Newcastle Cup after Team Williams didn’t accept with a few of their up and comers, but we can take a few things from the race towards the Melbourne Cup – not least of which are some horses that have passed the ballot:

There were five Cup hopes and after the race, there’s probably only four with Pacodali packing up shop down the final stretch. Here’s the Cup contenders in consideration:

Broadside – 1st

The Gai Waterhouse-Adrian Bott trained galloper was last first-up at Rosehill, which saw him run at a generous $16 in the Newcastle Cup. He held on well to win by 0.3L.

Some notes from trainer and jockey via The Newcastle Herald:

Bott was now confidently eyeing the group 1 Metropolitan (2400m) in two weeks.

“He’s bounced back from that first-up run and he’s a genuine, out and out stayer and there’s still improvement there,” Bott said. “I think he’s got to be a great chance.”

Clark said it was a tremendous effort from the training team to get the six-year-old back to his best.

“It was a bit of a surprise with Got Unders, but I thought Broadside had a chance because it wasn’t an overly strong cup, and although he was coming off a disappointing run, he had plenty of excuses,” Clark said. “He was always going improve off the freshen up, after that run. He was going to find the front and get a soft lead. I gave him a strong eachway chance.”

He’ll need to take a lot of progression to be considered a Cup chance given he’s only currently carrying 50kgs (he may be penalised by the handicapper), but he’s passed the ballot now which is all important at this stage.

Auvray – 2nd

I’m quite interested in the performance of Auvray. To be quite honest he had every chance to win and didn’t. But, he was really motoring home clearly the best of them. Another 50-100m and he’d have mowed down the winner.

Auvray is clearly a better horse than he has been going. An import that hasn’t really shown much since he arrived, but trainer Richard Freedman seems to have turned that around this preparation. He was fourth first-up and was ok, but second-up managed to win for the first time in forever, taking the Randwick Mayor’s Cup over 2400m. His second here would’ve been encouraging too.

A six-year-old gelding, he seems to be rapidly improving and has also passed the ballot into the Cup. China Horse Club own him which indicates some support from connections. He’s only been given 50kgs so needs some more weight.

Admiral Jello – 3rd

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees would’ve loved this guy to win the Cup that has eluded him for so long but it wasn’t to be. Auvray had a harder run and beat him fair and square to the line carrying the same weight so that doesn’t bode too well.

Sayed – 4th

The Chris Waller-trained Sayed was the (ridiculous?) hot-pot favourite in the Wyong Cup and was rolled in that, and was rolled here in the Newcastle Cup as well. He’s been up since April and while he obviously loves being in-training, he’s not one for me in the Melbourne Cup at all.

Pacodali – 8th

Pacodali hit a brick wall after coming around the bend looking the winner. I can’t quite understand what pulled him up so abruptly, but it was his first trip out to 2300m and maybe he wasn’t quite ready second-up.

Here’s the stewards report on him:

Pacodali – When questioned regarding the performance, D Lane advised that after his mount was somewhat keen early it settled a little further forward than he anticipated but was able to obtain a favourable trailing position passing the 1700m. He indicated that in his view Pacodali may have come to the end of its preparation or, alternatively, may not have run out the 2300 metres of today’s event. A post race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer D Weir expressed disappointment with the performance and indicated that the horse will be assessed on return to his Melbourne stables at which time a decision will be made on the horse’s immediate racing future.

It sounds like he’ll be spelled – if he manages to make the Melbourne Cup field, it’d be some training performance.

However, remember him as the last horse to beat Almandin!

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