Race followers are eager to get caught into the Grafton Cup which takes place on Thursday, thirteenth July, 2023.
This winter spectacular takes place at Grafton Racecourse and carried out by the Clarence River Jockey Membership. This Listed race is held yearly at New South Wales on the east coast of Australia. It’s run over 1m 3 1/2f (2350m). The racecourse hosts roughly 25 assembly a yr together with the Grafton Cup & Ramornie Handicap.
In reality, it is called one of many capitals of Australian racing.
The Grafton Racecourse has a observe circumference of just about 2000 metres, with a house straight 400 metres in size. It has 4 chutes at: 2400m, 1750m, 1200m & 1000m. This right-handed course is run on turf.
With a prize of $200,000 and a poll exemption for the Newcastle Gold Cup there are many proficient stayers who’ve their eye on this contest. Additionally, it’s a qualifying race for the Melbourne Cup. It’s often known as ‘The Springboard To Fame’. Kensei gained the Grafton Cup in 1987 earlier than taking the Melbourne Cup in the identical yr.
Do you know the Grafton Cup was first run in 1910?
Aficionados will bear in mind this race gained Listed standing in 1980, then upgraded to Group 3 from 1995 – 2005, earlier than going again to it’s formative class in 2006.
Final yr’s winner  noticed the French-bred Arapoha, skilled by Bjorn Baker, ridden by Ms Rachel King take centre stage. The five-year-old gelding powered house by 2 ½ lengths, beating Insurgent Rama, whereas scorching favorite Dr Drill completed third, in an eleven-strong discipline.
The Grafton Cup attracts runners from all elements of New Zealand & Australia. Previous winners are testomony to the excessive esteem this prestigious race is held.
In reality, quite a few horses have gained a number of instances. The decide of these being Hosier who gained consecutive years from 1922 – 1924.
One horse who could be heading to the Grafton Cup 2023 – with a dwell probability – is Gulf Of Tomini.
Gulf Of Tomini was foaled on the twenty ninth August 2018. On the time of writing, this chestnut gelding is four-years-old. Sired by Not A Single Doubt out of a mare known as Sebrina. He’s presently skilled by Cassandra Schmidt and his house observe is Port Macquarie. That is situated in New South Wales North Coast.
He has raced 19 instances in his profession, reaching at the moment, 4 wins, runner-up on three events and a trio of third positioned efforts. He has whole prize earnings of $81,110. In reality, in his final 10 races he has proven very constant kind together with 4 wins, and one trial victory which isn’t added to his tally.
Gulf Of Tomini’s most up-to-date race [16th May] noticed him win narrowly at Port Macquarie, beating Nothing’s Sacred who completed a gallant second, the pair away from the third [Sandpiper]. Schmidt’s cost contested a handicap over 1500m in a time of 1:30.74 and gained a prize purse of $27,000. His ready jockey Luke Rolls was weighted to hold 62kg. This achieved jockey has over 6000 rides and nearly 600 wins in his profession so far.
This yr’s Grafton Cup will see a aggressive discipline of in all probability 8 – 12 runners, together with, with a bit of luck, Gulf Of Tomini. For individuals who love a punt it could possibly be smart to observe this chestnut gelding as he’s in kind and seeking to win the most important prize of his profession.
Good luck to all.
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