Italian Cup race will be an open showdown

Published on 20/06/2009

By Squirrel

One might expect this weekend racing to be over-shadowed by the OBTS Sales meeting next week.

However the fields are quite well filled. Although the main event, the Italian Cup (3.55pm) has only four runners it will be an exciting race to watch with all four contestants there with a chance.

Warai, second in the Spanish Cup two weeks ago was beaten by Olympic Spirit conceding 12 kgs.

In the absence of the winner, Warai is not without a chance. Ten Thirty was last in a field of five in the Geoffrey Griffin Trophy but I am told she spread a plate in running which would account for her poor show. Wild Wind at the bottom of the handicap looks tempting. Even Clancy can’t be ignored.

The Louis Cup (1.50pm) ratings 10-22 is a relatively poor contest. Being the good horse he was under National Hunt Rules, I would have thought he merited a higher rated race.

The cup is dominated mainly by three-year olds but Ceremonious, now a four-year old makes most appeal. He was pipped a short head by Sanderling over 2,060m in the Old Stareheian Society Handicap and could go one better here.

Please note the first race is at 1.15pm — a handicap for ratings 18-28. Norika was an easy winner of a seven-horse field on May 24 over 1,200m. If she runs the same way again she should master her opponents. Arvada is the danger.

Bongoman is overdue for a win and his chance could come in the ratings 10-22 (2.20pm). Most of the nine two-year olds in the maiden terms (2.50pm) are making their debut.

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