Former Melbourne galloper Flying Light heads the weights for the 2017 $100,000 Mater Townsville Cup (2000m) at Cluden Park in Townsville on Saturday.
Flying Light has been given 60kg for the Townsville Cup, 4kg above his nearest rivals Fab’s Cowboy, Hot Saga and Rocknet who have been allocated 56kg.
Flying Light was trained by the Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig for prominent owner breeder David Moodie and found the winner’s circle on four occasions, twice at Flemington and once each at Moonee Valley and Benalla.
Well known Townsville racing identity Tom Sheahan acquired Flying Light with the specific intention of winning the Townsville Cup which has been a lifelong ambition for him.
Sheahan teamed up again with long-time trainer, Brisbane premiership winner Barry Baldwin, who has given Flying Light four runs in South East Queensland with his best effort being a first up third in a 1200m Class 6 at the Gold Coast on June 7 while his latest run produced an eighth in a 1600m Class 6 at the Sunshine Coast on July 15.
Sheahan has had plenty of horses go through the Baldwin stable with lots of success, including several Group wins with top sprinter Burdekin Blues, but to win the Townsville Cup on his home soil would top that.
“Even when Burdekin Blues was winning Group races in Sydney and Melbourne he always said to me while that was very good, but the race he really wanted was the Townsville Cup,” Baldwin told AAP.
“Like us all, Tom isn’t getting any younger and would love to win it this year.”
The Bevan Johnson trained Fab’s Cowboy is a winner of his last two starts at Charleville and Bundaberg while Hot Saga from Fred Wieland’s Cairns stable was a winner two starts back over 1609m on June 29 followed by a seventh over 2000m both at Townsville.
Rocknet, who also began his career in Victoria, has had four runs this campaign, all in Townsville, for two thirds, a fourth and a last start sixth in a 1609m Handicap last Saturday.
Weights for the 2017 Townsville Cup (2000m)
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||21106×3508||FLYING LIGHT||G||4||Barry Baldwin||1||60kg||89|
|2||4821611211||FAB’S COWBOY||G||5||Bevan Johnson||2=||56kg||82|
|3||709×376417||HOT SAGA||G||6||Fred Wieland||2=||56kg||82|
|5||456×302213||FASTNET FLYER||G||6||Glenda Bell||5||55.5kg||81.5|
|7||23242×7414||MISHANI GLADIATOR||G||6||John Manzelmann||6=||54.5kg||80|
|8||4131×63871||LEGAL PROCEDURE||G||4||Lyle Rowe||8||54kg||79.5|
|9||7×62411188||FRENCH HUSSLER||G||6||John Wigginton||9||54kg||78|
|10||4846641171||CHESTNUT ROAD||G||7||Steven Royes||10||54kg||77|
|11||6616353521||KNOWING ME (NZ)||G||8||John Manzelmann||11||54kg||76.5|
|12||60x68x3723||RANKED (IRE)||G||8||Alwyn Bailey||12||54kg||76|
|13||87×1222535||GO BY RIO (NZ)||G||5||Errol Sewell||13=||54kg||74.5|
|14||1×74345724||MAJOR MAJOR||G||8||Roy Chillemi||13=||54kg||74.5|
|15||6x009500x4||MUKADDAMAH SON||G||10||Trevor Rowe||15||54kg||74|
|16||613×921522||GOLD CUFFLINKS||G||6||Terry Butts||16||54kg||71.5|
|17||2320553110||BOLD AND GROOVY||G||4||Garnett Taylor||17||54kg||70|
|18||4778×63238||COURAGEOUS ROCK (USA)||G||6||Gary Duncan||18||54kg||68|
|19||P641110x80||TURN UP THE VOLUME||G||4||Trevor Rowe||19||54kg||67|
|21||6705769221||AWESOME SIGHT||M||7||John Manzelmann||21||54kg||60|