|Armidale Cup Day 2022
|Armidale Jockey Club, 12 Barney Street, Armidale NSW, 2350
|Sunday, December 11, 2022
We head to Armidale Jockey Club for a competitive eight-race program on Armidale Cup Day this Sunday afternoon. We have 10 acceptors for this year’s edition of the 1900m contest plus plenty more undercard racing to dissect. The rail is in the true position the entire circuit and we should be racing on a Good 4 surface come Sunday afternoon with clear weather predicted throughout the weekend. The first race is scheduled to get underway at 1:10pm AEDT.
Armidale Cup: Pepper’s Ghost
You’ve got to think the Country Classic form at Rosehill on November 26 must be the correct one for this year’s edition of the Armidale Cup, it’s just a matter of which one, and we’ve landed with the Brett Cavanough-trained Pepper’s Ghost. He was the clear forgive run in that race when running fifth behind Marsabit by 1.1 lengths when he didn’t find any clear running before the final 200m and proceeded to hit the line with plenty still left up his sleeve. Meanwhile, race rival Point Counterpoint got every favour and now receives a 5kg penalty dropping in grade while our five-year-old and Beckford stay the same weight from their respective runs. It should be a different story on Sunday afternoon with Peppers Ghost drawn barrier-two while the others in the market have drawn wide in a small field, so hopefully jockey Jon Grisedale can utilize the soft draw and find leaders back here behind getting out late to score.
Race 7 –
5yo Gelding | T: Brett Cavanough | J: Jon Grisedale (55kg)
Best Bet at Armidale: Cyber Attack
Cyber Attack was originally with the John O’Shea yard but has been shifted to Stirling Osland and we’re excited to see what he can produce. He could be a risk as a best bet on Sunday as he’s first-up after a 340-day spell, but on what he produced in his first career start he picks himself in this field at Armidale over the 1100m. Cyber Attack was very strong on debut only beaten by Stick To Your Guns by 2.2 lengths and stuck on very gamely against a field full of eventual winners. The only real query for us with this son of Exosphere is the lack of an official trial for this four-year-old but you’ve got to take it on trust that he wouldn’t be racing here on Sunday if he wasn’t ready to go. Brooke Stower takes the reins here and she should like to find the one-by-one in running before only having one horse to chase, which should be the race favourite Toomuchinformation.
Race 3 –
4yo Gelding | T: Stirling Osland | J: Brooke Stower (59kg)
Next Best at Armidale: Ezekeil
The sprinting feature on Sunday is where our next best bet of the lands with the Cody Morgan-trained four-year-old Ezekeil. His last start effort was even behind Pokerjack at Rosehill and was too tough a task for this son of Divine Prophet, go back to his second up run at Tamworth on September 26 when he was nosed out late in open company over the 1200m and he looks well set up here to be finding the winners circle for the first time this preparation. We love him stepping back to the 1100m here after a freshen and finds a track he found success at last preparation so he should be competitive here, especially after drawing the saloon passage with barrier-two, jockey Ben Looker should be able to be right in the finish on Ezekeil.
Race 6 –
4yo Gelding | T: Cody Morgan | J: Ben Looker (55kg)
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Sunday, December 11, 2022
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