THE $150,000 Sale Cup is set to run in ideal spring conditions on Sunday.
With the Greenwattle track to be possibly rated “good” and a predicted maximum temperature of 27 degrees, there should be little excuse not to run well in the 1600 metre listed race.
The seventh in the nine-race card, the Sale Cup is scheduled to leave the gates at 4.05pm.
Twenty-six nominations were received for the race, with the field whittled down to 16 yesterday.
Three nominations came from the Peter Moody stable, the best chance appearing to be South African Do You Remember, which has three wins from 14 starts.
Top of the ballot ahead of final acceptances was Sons of John, trained at Hawkesbury, New South Wales, by Jason Attard.
The five-year-old gelding has been placed in each of his past 11 starts. His last start was a third placing over 1600m at Randwick on October 3.
Also highly-rated is Ninth Legion from the Hawkes stable. The six-year-old gelding came fourth in the 1600m Toorak Handicap at Caulfield on October 10.
Harada Bay is to be ridden by Steven King.
The son of Haradasun is trained by the Meagher family of John, Dan and Chris. It would be quite a number of years since John Meagher last had a runner at Sale.
Robert Smerden has also entered The Bowler, which is good form over the cup distance.
Also nominated is the Monica Cid-trained Vizhaka, winner of the past two Bairnsdale Cups.
Trainer Tony McEvoy and jockey Kieran McEvoy will look to get Evangelist first past the post.
The McEvoys will also team up with Monopole in the 1700m benchmark 64 race, and Stocker in the $100,000 Inglis Trophy, the other main race of cup day.
The Inglis Trophy, over 1400m for three-year-olds, has an interesting runner in Asked To Leave, trained at Hawkesbury by Joan Pracey, who successfully raided this race in 2011 with Upstacker.
Asked To Leave will be ridden by James Winks. Pracey also has Kings Tariff engaged in the benchmark 70 event over 1000m with Michael Dee to ride
Local trainer Frankie Stockdale has first starter Miracle Mountain entered in the 1200m maiden, to be ridden by Noel Callow in the absence of the injured Brandon Stockdale.
In the benchmark 70 handicap over 1400m, Lucente, trained by Monica Croston, was a brilliant winner at Cranbourne and steps up at Sale with Michael Walker on board.
The achievement of Patrobas in being the only Gippsland horse to win the Melbourne Cup will be recognised on Sunday, with the final of the Patrobas Stayers Series.
In 1915, Patrobas became the first horse to win the Caulfield Guineas, Victoria Derby and Melbourne Cup in the one year.
1. Ninth Legion(trainer M,W,& JHawkes, jockey J Winks) barrier 12, 60kg.
2. The Bowler (trainer R Smerden, jockey M Zahra) barrier 13, 57.5kg.
3. Good Value (trainer M Kent, jockey M Walker) barrier 10, 57kg.
4. Akavoroun (trainer C Maher, jockey N Callow) barrier 2, 56kg.
5. Rhythm to Spare (trainer M Moroney, jockey P Moloney) barrier 11, 56kg.
6. Streets Away (trainer D Weir, jockey D Moor) barrier 8, 55kg.
7. Eximius (trainer M Price, jockey M Dee) barrier 9, 54kg.
8. Tristram’s Sun (trainer R Laing, jockey R Maloney) barrier 7, 54kg.
9. Cadillac Mountain (trainer P Moody, jockey B Higgins) barrier 5, 54kg.
10. Harada Day (trainer J, D & C Meagher, jockey C Parnham) barrier 4, 54kg.
11. Trade Commissioner (trainer C Maher, jockey C Parnham) barrier 6, 54kg.
12. Vizhaka (trainer M Cid, jockey J McNeil) barrier 1, 54kg.
13. Evangelist (trainer A McEvoy, jockey D Stackhouse) barrier 3, 54kb.
14. Sir Berus (trainer C Little, jockey S Baster) barrier 14, 54kg.
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