2017 Parramatta Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

February 15th, 2017

Ten stayers have been confirmed in the 2017 Parramatta Cup field; highlighted by the inclusion of a number of notable horses targeting the Autumn Carnival’s showpiece distance races.

Red Excitement has been confirmed in the 2017 Parramatta Cup field. Photo: Steve Hart

Red Excitement has been confirmed in the 2017 Parramatta Cup field. Photo: Steve Hart

Red Excitement has returned to the races in slick form this time and has been confirmed in the 2017 Parramatta Cup field with a top weight of 61kgs.

Red Excitement was a strong and consistent performer through spring and made a competitive return to black type company when third in the Group 3 Festival Stakes (1500m) on December 3rd.

Winning a talent-rich Rosehill barrier trial on December 20th, the Excites gelding returned to winning form in the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) on Boxing Day, before repeating the dose in the Listed Gosford Cup (2100m) last time out on January 13th.

Red Excitement has also been charged with overcoming the outside barrier, but will be partnered by in-form hoop Adam Hyeronimus in the Parramatta Cup.

Religify will also seek a third-consecutive on Saturday after being confirmed in the 2017 Parramatta Cup field.

Religify failed to finish outside the first three through four starts in spring received a freshen-up storming home to win the November Handicap (1400m) by close to three lengths.

While failing to beat a runner home in the December Handicap (1400m) on Christmas Eve, the Choisir gelding has since won each of the Maroubra Mile (1600m) and Gardenia Handicap (1600m) with complete ease.

Godolphin will be represented in the distance feature after John O’Shea confirmed Allergic in the 2017 Parramatta Cup field.

Allergic has been a standout for Godolphin in staying races through his entire racing career and will enter the Parramatta Cup with a healthy record of seven wins and nine minors, through twenty-six starts.

Returning to excellent form through the recent Spring Carnival, Allergic ran third in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) before winning the Group 3 Queen’s Cup (2400m) and ending his campaign third in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m).

Sure to have taken plenty of benefit from his first-up run for fifth in the Gardenia Handicap, the Street Cry gelding is drawn well in barrier 6 and should have no issue performing with only 57.5kgs in tow.

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2017 Parramatta Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 052×613311 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Adam Hyeronimus 10 61kg 111
2 26×3221811 RELIGIFY Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 9 59kg 107
3 2x615313x5 ALLERGIC John O’Shea Ben Melham 6 57.5kg 104
4 3830111×77 REDNAV Sally Taylor 3 53kg 90
5 10480×3352 SONG AND LAUGHTER Richard Litt 1 53kg 88
6 41062×5213 OLYMPIC ACADEMY Kris Lees Tommy Berry 2 53kg 85
7 4224611×45 SOFIN Shannon Fry 4 53kg 83
8 37517×5151 DARK EYES Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 8 53kg 81
9 360×214313 CLASSIC UNIFORM Gary Moore Andrew Adkins (a) 5 53kg 79
10 7110x740x0 LAST WISH (NZ) John P Thompson 7 53kg 78