French import King Of Leogrance has to overcome a horror barrier draw and 1kg penalty as he steps up to 3200m for the first time in Monday’s Group 2 $400,000 Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphettville.
King Of Leogrance will now carry 54kg in the Adelaide Cup after receiving a 1kg penalty for his win in the Listed $140,000 Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) at Flemington last Saturday.
The Danny O’Brien trained King Of Leogrance was completely out of luck at the Adelaide Cup barrier and jockey Damian Lane has a lot of work to do after the import drew barrier fifteen in the sixteen horse field.
O’Brien is keen to test the five year old over 3200m and said that he has pulled up well following his win in the Roy Higgins Quality last Saturday.
“He has come through it well so he has a handy little program now that he can step into an Adelaide Cup and still be really well handicapped,” O’Brien told RSN Racing Pulse.
“The two mile is the only question he has to answer, but I can’t see any reason why he can’t run it.”
“He is a really exciting young stayer, He has only had eleven starts now and he is just putting it together.”
“He looked really good on Saturday. He travelled sweetly throughout and he put the race to bed pretty quickly with a pretty quick sectional from the 400m to the 200m.”
The Michael Hickmott trained Azurite draw the outside gate while Chouxting The Mob from Simon Morrish’s Ballarat stables has drawn the rails.
King Of Leogrance has been installed the Adelaide Cup favourite at $2.60 with Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of the Paul Preusker trained Dark Alley at $5.50 and Roy Higgins Quality runner up Dabiyr at $7.50.
Final field and barrier draw for the 2020 Adelaide Cup (3200m)
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||49×0892261||HOME BY MIDNIGHT (NZ)||Patrick Payne||Billy Egan||4||58.5kg||103|
|2||1850x23x78||YOGI (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||6||57.5kg||101|
|3||3124×61512||DABIYR (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jye McNeil||10||54kg||94|
|4||41x3349x21||KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR)||Danny O’Brien||Damian Lane||15||54kg||94|
|5||11158×8045||CHOUXTING THE MOB (NZ)||Simon Morrish||Beau Mertens||1||53kg||89|
|6||4364754223||NAVAL WARFARE (IRE)||Chris Waller||Dwayne Dunn||8||53kg||89|
|7||208×734466||ROCK ON (NZ)||Peter Gelagotis||Anthony Darmanin||12||53kg||87|
|8||x451952411||EPERDUMENT||Shane Oxlade||Ms Kayla Crowther (a)||2||53kg||84|
|9||45×5627212||YULONG RISING (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dean Holland||7||53kg||81|
|10||6226×95771||GOOD IDEA||Phillip Stokes||Ben Thompson||13||53kg||74|
|11||x036544123||HEART OF GRACE (JPN)||Anthony Freedman||Damien Thornton||11||53kg||74|
|12||61473×0042||AZURITE (IRE)||Michael Hickmott||Ms Anna Jordsjo (a)||16||53kg||73|
|13||0450759114||ALIENATED||Cliff Murray||Ms Georgina Cartwright (a)||14||53kg||70|
|14||8144×74191||KNIGHT STAR (IRE)||Jeremy Gask||Jason Holder||5||53kg||67|
|15||465×211||DARK ALLEY||Paul Preusker||Declan Bates||9||53kg||65|
|16||0656×70334||TURF MAN||John Hickmott||Sairyn Fawke||3||53kg||63|