2014 Group One Adelaide Cup Preview

The Group One Adelaide Cup will be conducted on Friday night at Angle Park.

For the history buffs, the first Adelaide Cup was run in 1956 at Waterloo Corner and was won by Oakland Chief. The race eventually ended up at Angle Park in 1972. Doug Payne won the first three Adelaide Cups at Angle Park with Bristol Miss, Valjuka and Bristol Sue.

It’s fair to say the Adelaide Cup has an impressive honour roll. Notable winners of the race include champion bitches Sandi’s Me Mum and Highly Blessed, the one and only Rapid Journey and Angle Park track record-holder Brett Lee (28.88!). More recent winners include Collide, Miss Spicy, Big Time Max, Whippy’s Image, El Galo, Dyna Lachlan, Kilty Lad, Mepunga Nicky, Spud Regis and last year’s winner Ernie Bung Arrow.

This year’s event is highlighted by the remarkable achievement of Victorian trainer Jeff Britton. Britton has four of the eight finalists in the race.

The fastest qualifier is Britton’s Texas Titan, whose connections are based in SA. However, there wasn’t much on the clock between all the finalists so it will be a very hotly contested event.

Here’s a look at all the finalists and how some of the trainers think their charges will go;

Box 1
Race Odds
$2.60
Heat Replay
 
Oakvale Destiny
Trainer
Jeffrey Britton
Owner
Nathan Wilson
Prizemoney
$170,475
Last 10 Starts
6115341131
27 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Vapour Whirl Foot Luce
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,619 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 11 2 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 0 1
Jeff Britton (Trainer) – “She is well drawn. I am hoping she won’t get out too badly as she is not the greatest box dog. She does show pace once she hits the ground though so I am hoping she will be at least sitting in third going around the first bend. Allen Deed likes to run up the track a little and the three is slow early so I am hoping for some room along the fence. She isn’t a one dimensional bitch as she can go under or go around dogs.”
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.63 29.78 4.57 4.57
Box 2
Race Odds
$2.80
Heat Replay
 
Allen Deed
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$109,360
Last 10 Starts
1215121162
35 Months   Black   Dog   by   Jarvis Bale Greta Bale
Start Slow Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,734 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
40 17 9 2
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 1 0
ARG opinion is – Delivered a powerhouse finish last week to go down by a narrow margin. He is the winner of 17 races and with any sort of room, looms as a major threat.
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last

29.77

29.77 4.66 4.66
Box 3
Race Odds
$33.00
Heat Replay
 
Winbrook
Trainer
Cameron Butcher
Owner
C Butcher & Y Butcher
Prizemoney
$15,115
Last 10 Starts
1411861881
31 Months   Blue Fawn   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro Little Looper
Start Moderate Running MIddle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $719 Rating 84
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 9 3 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 62%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 9 3 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
ARG opinion is – One of the local chances in the race. He returned from a long spell in fine style last week to record his ninth win at the track. He won at odds of 30/1 and is at long odds to win the final in current betting. He will need everything to go his way as he is coming up against some talented Victorians and Group winners in this final.
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.79 29.94 4.54 4.54
Box 4
Race Odds
$9.00
Heat Replay
 
Mepunga Armagh
Trainer
Jeffrey Britton
Owner
Barry Smith
Prizemoney
$88,475
Last 10 Starts
1363437211

37 Months

  Black & White   Dog   by  

Premier Fantasy

Mepunga Harmony
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,057 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
43 18 6 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 2 0
Jeff Britton (Trainer) – “I am hoping he might lead. I don’t mind him out of the four as he goes straight. The worry for him is Cosmic Wise as she likes to cut to the rail.”
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.83 29.83 4.41 4.41
Box 5
Race Odds
$14.00
Heat Replay
 
Cosmic Wise
Trainer
Jeffrey Britton
Owner
Brona Lane Racing – Mgr J Wright
Prizemoney
$85,570
Last 10 Starts
1285413111
38 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Cosmic Chief Wise Penny
Start Good Running Rail Finish

Good

Prizemoney Rating $1,584 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
54 18 10 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 0 0
Jeff Britton (Trainer) – “She loves the fence and goes left. She also goes well from wider boxes. She has to jump in front of Mepunga Armagh, meaning Mepunga Armagh will have to miss the start. She has really taken well to Angle Park as she loves the run-on lure. It has really fired her up. She has been a different dog at Angle Park and racing there helps when they come back to Victoria.”
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.84 29.84 4.55 4.55
Box 6
Race Odds
$30.00
Heat Replay
 
Valladares
Trainer
Lauren Harris
Owner
Next Racing – Mgr R Tugwell
Prizemoney
$13,920
Last 10 Starts
1111118521
33 Months   Black   Dog   by   El Grand Senor Sealin’ The Deal
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $870 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 8 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 7 2 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
Lauren Harris (Trainer) – “He has not been done any favours by the box draw. If he is going to win then he will need to go mod to low 4.30’s early. We know he can do that because he done it when he went 29.75. If he can do that, I think only Allen Deed could run him down.”
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.75 29.87 4.36 4.48
Box 7
Race Odds
$8.00
Heat Replay
 
Blurred Lines
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
Brett Bravo
Prizemoney
$53,730
Last 10 Starts
1777118521
31 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bartrim Bale Witch Fantasy
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,733 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 10 7 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0

Kelly Bravo (Trainer) – “We are really happy he made the final. He was our second choice runner as we went over more for Gimme Fuel. We are hoping he can improve as he was having his first look at the track last week and got a bit lost on the first turn. Hopefully he can handle the turn better this week. I am not too concerned about the draw as there might be a bit too much pressure if he was drawn on the fence; there’s less chance of getting interference out wider.”

Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.75 29.75 4.44 4.44
Box 8
Race Odds
$10.00
Heat Replay
 
Texas Titan
Trainer
Jeffrey Britton
Owner
Nathan Wilson
Prizemoney
$33,785
Last 10 Starts
2853431341
27 Months   Black   Dog   by   Vapour Whirl Foot Luce
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,689 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 7 3 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 0 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Jeff Britton (Trainer) – He likes it out wide but the eight box is a long way off the track at Angle Park which makes it hard to get around all the dogs. If it was box eight at Sandown I would be happy! He is racing well and does possess some track sense. If I solo trialled him and Oakvale Destiny there would be nothing between them”
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.74 29.74 4.61 4.65
1st Res
Race Odds
$20.00
Heart Replay
 
National Time
Trainer
Darren Brown
Owner
Peter Brown
Prizemoney
$40,685
Last 10 Starts
6714111152
37 Months   Black   Dog   by   Elite State Encampbell
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $782 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
52 17 8 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
ARG opinion is – Managed to get to the lead last week but was overtaken by the stronger finishing Texas Titan. If he gained a start he would need to lead and pinch a break to win.
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.86

29.86

4.46 4.46
2nd Res
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
 
Iva Vision
Trainer
Peter Young
Owner
Conlon Miller Young – Mgr P Young
Prizemoney
$52,915
Last 10 Starts
2111118112
31 Months   Black   Dog   by   Ivan Brown Visualization
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $3,307 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 10 3 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
62% 81%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
ARG opinion is – Very unlucky last week from the wide draw but he kept trying and missed out on winning by the barest of margins. He won the 2014 SA Derby not too long ago so he is a logical winning chance if he gets a start.
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.57 29.95 4.58 4.59

Britton’s runners hold the key to the race. He has the brother/sister duo boxed on the wings. Both are slow beginners, however they both appear to be well boxed. Oakvale Destiny (1) will be hoping for some room on the fence. It has been suggested that Allen Deed likes to use a bit of the track so this will give Oakvale Destiny the room she needs. Texas Titan (8) also likes to use a bit of the track but Britton indicated that it may be too hard to get across from the wide box at Angle Park as the boxes are so far off the track.

Britton’s other two runners, Mepunga Armagh (4) and Cosmic Wise (5), are boxed in the “guts”. Mepunga Armagh goes straight but Cosmic Wise likes to cut to the rail so she may very well hamper her kennel-mate in the early stages. Winbrook (3) will need to do everything right and deliver up a repeat of last week’s performance. Valladares (6) connections believe he has the speed to lead and he will need to show that to get over from box six. Blurred Lines (7) impressed at his first look at Angle Park and is likely to be improved for the run. Allen Deed obviously looms as a big danger as he unleashed an enormous run home last week to lose narrowly.

All in all it makes for a very interesting race. The field jumps at 9:48pm.