Fancied runners Benzini, Supply And Demand and Montauk were out of luck at the barrier drew for Thursday’s Listed $160,000 McKimms Real Estate Grafton Cup (2350m) at Grafton.

Supply And Demand, above, has drawn a wide barrier in the Grafton Cup at Grafton. Photo by Steve Hart.

Supply And Demand, above, has drawn a wide barrier in the Grafton Cup at Grafton. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Kiwi stayer Benzini drew barrier thirteen in the fifteen horse Grafton Cup field while the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Supply And Demand will have to jump from the outside gate.

Supply And Demand is a typical on pace Waterhouse and Bott runner and jockey Josh Parr will no doubt try and cross the field to lead as he did when the pair led all of the way for a last start win in the Listed $175,000 The Pump House Caloundra Cup (2400m) at the Sunshine Coast on July 1.

The Sebring four year old is chasing his fourth win on the trot after scoring a hat trick of wins with his Caloundra Cup victory.

Supply And Demand is up 3kg to 58.5kg in the Grafton Cup while Benzini, with Tegan Harrison in the saddle, drops half a kilo after finishing sixth in the Caloundra Cup.

Benzini is prepared by New Zealand co-trainers Adrian and Harry Bull and his best effort during his latest Australian campaign was a second, two starts back, to Self Sense in the Listed $175,000 Channel 7 Ipswich Cup (2150m) at Ipswich on June 17.

The Chris Waller trained Montauk wasn’t given any favours at the barrier draw either and Corey Brown will be looking for plenty of luck in the early stages after the four year old drew barrier twelve.

Promising stayer War Baby has also drawn awkwardly at barrier ten and Larry Cassidy could elect to go forward again after racing on the pace at her last two starts to finish third in both the Group 3 $200,000 Carlton Mid Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben on June 24 and the Caloundra Cup.

Tattersall’s Cup runner up More Energy has drawn in the middle of the pack at barrier eight with Jeff Lloyd retaining the ride in the Grafton Cup.

Morendi is a backmarker who always needs a lot of luck in the run but jockey Michael Cahill will be able to conserve plenty of energy for the four year old from barrier two.

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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.

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