Murray Bridge trainer Michael Hickmott has completed his jockey engagements for his three Darwin Cup runners, Lieder, Unbreakable and Wexford Town.
Hickmott will be chasing his fourth win in the $200,000 Carlton Mid Darwin Cup (2000m) at Fannie Bay in Darwin on Monday and the booking of Perth jockey Jarrad Noske on Irish import Wexford Town completes the puzzle.
Hickmott’s previous Darwin Cup winners were General Market (2007), Activation (2009) and last year with Canny Ballad.
Noske’s Perth rival and premiership winning record breaker William Pike is booked to ride the Darwin Cup pre-post favourite Lieder while Hickmott was able to secure the services of Melbourne Cup winning jockey Blake Shinn for Unbreakable.
Noske will be having his first ride in Darwin on Cup Day and is excited to have picked up the ride on the proven stayer who has won over 2400m at The Curragh in Ireland and over 2400m at Morphettvile in Adelaide.
“Wexford Town’s shown form in Melbourne and Adelaide since arriving from overseas,” Noske told The West Australian.
“I’ve yet to ride at Darwin and he could give me a good introduction to racing there.”
Wexford Town hasn’t raced since finishing eleventh in a 1950m BenchMark 90 Handicap at Morphettville Parks on April 1 but Hickmott is not perturbed about sending the Lloyd Williams seven year old cast off into the Darwin Cup first up over the 2000m.
“The horse is best when fresh and he’s working extra well,” Hickmott said.
“He’s run a first-up second in a Listed race over 2000m at Caulfield.
“Wexford Town was an Irish winner over 2200m and 2400m early in his career. He’s won a 2500m race at Morphettville.
“Jarrad won’t be wasting his time in travelling to ride this one.”
Wexford Town is the $21 outsider of Hickmott’s three Darwin Cup runners while Lieder heads the markets order at Ladbrokes.com.au at $4 with Unbreakable on the fourth line of betting at $7.
Ladbrokes NT Derby winner Billet Doux is the second pick in the betting at $5 just ahead of the in-form Royal Request at $5.50.
Early market order for the 2017 Darwin Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4 Lieder, $5 Billet Doux, $5.50 Royal Request, $7 Unbreakable, $7.50 Folk Tales, $11 Pretty Blonde, Saturday Sorcerer, $13 Whistle Stop, $15 Harrebs Time, $17 Abu Dhabi, Moon Devil, $21 Wexford Town, Spartan Eagle, $26 Electric Crimson, $51 Flying Tormenta, $67 New Empire, $101 Arctic Song, Best Case, Hammered Art, Overdane, Supercoach, War Story.
Weights for the 2017 Darwin Cup (2000m)
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||0031661831||MOON DEVIL||G||9||Kerry Petrick||1||56.5kg||81|
|2||x687732141||BILLET DOUX||G||4||Sheila Arnold||2||54kg||73|
|3||951413×631||ROYAL REQUEST||G||7||Neil Dyer||3||59kg||86|
|4||12x4521x83||PRETTY BLONDE||M||9||Kym Healy||4||57kg||86|
|5||2x33469x72||WHISTLE STOP||G||7||Dick Leech||5||57.5kg||83|
|6||878x20x00x||WEXFORD TOWN (IRE)||G||7||Michael Hickmott||6||57.5kg||83|
|7||70×5614920||WAR STORY (IRE)||G||8||Carly Cook||7||56.5kg||81|
|9||142111×195||HARREBS TIME||G||6||Tayarn Halter||9||56kg||80|
|10||1x82553x62||SATURDAY SORCERER||G||8||Jason Manning||10||55.5kg||79|
|11||26×5358324||ABU DHABI||G||5||Gary Kennewell||11||54kg||76|
|13||5×53638080||BEST CASE (NZ)||G||7||Carl Spry||13||54kg||75|
|14||3119×30215||FOLK TALES (NZ)||G||5||Richard Laming||14||54kg||74|
|15||6257×76174||FLYING TORMENTA||M||6||John Peacock||15||54kg||74|
|16||2213043×46||ELECTRIC CRIMSON (NZ)||G||8||Richard Laming||16||54kg||74|
|17||532675×416||ARCTIC SONG||G||7||Neil Dyer||17||54kg||73|
|18||087289×870||OVERDANE (GB)||G||8||Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones||18||54kg||72|
|19||412238Px23||HAMMERED ART||G||6||Carl Spry||19||54kg||70|
|21||76784×3524||SPARTAN EAGLE||G||10||Bob Richard||21||54kg||69|
|22||1x0780x772||NEW EMPIRE||G||8||Garry Lefoe||22||54kg||61|