Voila Ici is top weight in the Grafton Cup. Picture: Vince Culigiui/Getty Images
This year’s renewal of the Grafton Cup will be one of the strongest in a long time, with Group One performer Voila Ici heading the field. Although Peter Moody’s nine year-old is yet to win this preparation, the imported galloper has been racing consistently well in Queensland and finished second to Zennista in the Caloundra Cup last time out. Lisa Latta’s Kiwi raider was ultra-impressive at Sunshine Coast two weeks ago but she has risen sharply in the weights as a consequence.
Nick Moraitis, who owned Melbourne Cup winner Might And Power, is double-handed with Destiny’s Kiss and old warhorse Fiumicino after the pair finished first and second in the Winter Cup at Rosehill on July 1. The former is highly regarded by the Joe Pride stable and has now won eight of his 22 career starts. A horse with a similar record is Victorian Mr O’Ceirin , who was a dominant winner at Moonee Valley two starts back before flopping with 60kg on his back over 2040m at the end of June. Down in the weights, he will go close if back to his best although having to jump from the widest gate doesn’t make things easy.
John Thompson won this event with Shamardashing twelve months ago and relies on outsider Saint Encosta this time around.
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