2017 Mackay Cup top weight Craiglea Deken to carry 61kg

The widely travelled Craiglea Deken has been handicapped with the top weight of 61kg for the $75,000 Mackay Cup (1800m) at Ooralea Race Course in Mackay on Saturday.

Trainer Krystle Johnston, above, has nominated Craiglea Deken for the 2017 Mackay Cup. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Trainer Krystle Johnston, above, has nominated Craiglea Deken for the 2017 Mackay Cup. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Craiglea Deken is the winner of fourteen races from thirty-nine starts and has visited the winner’s circle from Townsville in North Queensland to Toowoomba in the South East corner of the state.

The Krystle Johnston trained four year old is chasing his seventh win on the trot following five consecutive victories in Townsville since April followed by a last start win at Mackay in the $25,000 H.L. Black Memorial over 1560m on June 15.

The nearest to Craiglea Deken in the Mackay Cup weights is the Tom Button trained Deconstructed who has been allocated 54.5kg and is coming off a last start fourth to Colour Charge in the $100,000 Rockhampton Cup (1600m) at Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park last Saturday.

Deconstructed’s best recent form was a second three starts back over 1600m at Rockhampton on May 13 and the last time he was in the winner’s circle was on February 1 when he took out a 1350m BenchMark 75 Handicap at Doomben.

The rest of the horses nominated for the Mackay Cup are all weighted on the 54kg minimum which includes Fastnet Flyer and Old Smokey who finished second and third to Craiglea Deken at Mackay on June 15.

The Tony McMahon trained Mamselle Corday (54kg) also has been racing consistently and has one win and four placings from her last six starts since March and is coming off a last start second in the $25,000 Tattersall’s Gold Cup (1600m) at Rockhampton on June 10.

Weights for the 2017 Mackay Cup (1800m)

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 CRAIGLEA DEKEN Krystle Johnston 1 61kg 92
2 DECONSTRUCTED Tom Button 2 54.5kg 80
3 MAMSELLE CORDAY Tony McMahon 3 54kg 79
4 FASTNET FLYER Glenda Bell 4 54kg 78
5 ANYMORE John Dann 5= 54kg 76.5
6 CHIVADAHLII Jamie McConachy 5= 54kg 76.5
7 SHEKOU Janel Ryan 5= 54kg 76.5
8 WALHAAN Graeme Boyd 8 54kg 76
9 OLD SMOKEY Trinity Bannon 9 54kg 74.5
10 GO BY RIO (NZ) Errol Sewell 10 54kg 74
11 KNOWING ME (NZ) John Manzelmann 11 54kg 72.5
12 BENTLES Tim Cook 12= 54kg 72
13 PALACE TYCOON Tony Sears 12= 54kg 72
14 TRY ME DOL Tracy Simmons 14 54kg 71.5
15 MANNY (NZ) Wayne Walters 15 54kg 70
16 DODGE THE GREY Lyle Wright 16= 54kg 69
17 DOUBOS Tim Cook 16= 54kg 69
18 BRIGADIER (NZ) Wayne Walters 18 54kg 64

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.