Perth Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw - Action heads 16-strong line-up

Favourite Action has drawn well in barrier four in a 16-strong field for the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot on Saturday.#

The four-year-old, who won the Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) over track and distance, has been out of luck this preparation but looks set to start as favourite after being chosen as William Pike's ride in the race.

Action is one of four runners for trainers Grant & Alana Williams, who have a quarter of the field having also declared Mississippi Delta (barrier seven), who beat Action into second in the ATA Stakes last start, Perfect Jewel (barrier 11) and Queen Bey, who has drawn wide in 16.

The Darren McAuliffe-trained Gatting will carry top weight as he looks to continue his consistent form which saw him finish second to Galaxy Star in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Ted Van Heemst (2100m), in which Perfect Jewel was third. Gatting carries at least 4kg more than every other horse in the race and has also drawn wide in barrier 15.

Fred Kersley's Cappo D'Oro won the Group 2 GA Towton Cup (2200m) two starts back from Mississippi Delta and jumps from barrier nine. He joins stablemate Ihtsahymn (barrier three), the 2013 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) winner, in the field.

Pat Carey sends last start Moonee Valley winner Khartoum west to bid for the 133rd Perth Cup and the interstate galloper has come up with barrier six.

Perth Cup Final Field


1. GATTING - DAMIAN LANE, DARREN MCAULIFFE - 15
2. STAR EXHIBIT - PETER HALL, ADAM DURRANT - 17
3. ACTION - WILLIAM PIKE, GRANT & ALANA WILLIAMS - 4
4. CAPPO D'ORO - JOSEPH AZZOPARDI, FRED KERSLEY - 9
5. DARK MUSKET - SHAUN O'DONNELL, GRAEME BALLANTYNE - 8
6. ELEGANT BLAST - LUCY WARWICK, JUSTIN WARWICK - 5
7. IHTSAHYMN - STEVEN PARNHAM, FRED KERSLEY - 3
8. KHARTOUM - DANIEL STAECK, PAT CAREY - 6
9. LIKE A BUTTERFLY - JASON WHITING, LOU LUCIANI - 14
10. MISSISSIPPI DELTA - CHRIS PARNHAM, GRANT & ALANA WILLIAMS - 7
11. PERFECT JEWEL - PATRICK CARBERY, GRANT & ALANA WILLIAMS - 11
12. PRIZE CATCH - PETER KNUCKEY, LINDSEY SMITH - 10
13. PRYING TOM - RANDY TAN, SHARON MILLER - 12
14. QUEEN BEY - BEN PATERSON, GRANT & ALANA WILLIAMS - 16
15. ROYAL STAR - CLINT JOHNSTON-PORTER, ADAM DURRANT - 12
16. THE BIG SHOW - JULIEN KOKOTAJLO, DARREN MCAULIFFE - 18
17. JUICING CARROTS (Emergency) - CRAIG STAPLES, RAQUEL REID - 13
18. BROTHER'S KEEPER (Emergency) - TROY TURNER, TIARNNA ROBERTSON - 19
19. MR ALBY (Emergency) - TBA, PAULA WAGG - 1

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