Grafton Cup

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Warrior Within won the 2011 Grafton Cup. Picture: Mark Evans/
Warrior Within  will be bidding for a second straight Grafton Cup win when he lines up in the Listed event on Thursday afternoon. With topweight Hume scratched, the Bruce Hill trained galloper becomes the highest weighted runner in the race with 58kg, 5kg more than he carried to victory in last year’s renewal.

The powerful Patinack Farm stable of John Thompson is represented by Shamardashing  and Saint Encosta , while Cup Prelude winner Blinkin Easy  will also take his chance. Ross Stitt has always had this race as a long-term target for Southern Shimmer  and he will be ridden by veteran jockey Robert Thompson, who won the race aboard My Star Sapphire in 1981.

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