2014 Perth Cup: Reed Chasing Maiden Group Victory With Kincaple

By: Thomas Hackett
December 31st, 2013

Kincaple has been one of the best backed runners in 2014 Perth Cup betting markets and trainer Mike Reed is hopeful that the veteran gelding can deliver him his maiden win as a trainer at Group level.

Kincaple started his racing career under the care of Jim Conlan in Victoria, recording  wins at Cranbourne and Seymour, and was given his first opportunity at Group level when he finished 16th behind Muir in the 2011 edition of the Adelaide Cup (3200m).

He joined the stable of Reed in 2011 and recorded an impressive win in the 2011 Listed Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) but was unable to break through for a victory at Group level; finishing seventh in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m), ninth in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m), second behind God Has Spoken in the Group 2 Cox Stakes (2100m) and twelfth in the Perth Cup.

The Pentire gelding suffered a nasty suspensory ligament injury when beaten as favourite in the Perth Cup and many predicted that his racing career would be over but he returned to the races eighteen months later under the care of leading Perth trainer Adam Durrant.

Kincaple finished a fair seventh first-up in the Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) at Belmont Park on June 15 before producing one of the best performances of his career to win the Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) despite hanging in during the race.

Durrant predicated after the Strickland Stakes win that Kincaple would join Mr Moet in Melbourne for the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, with the gelding even receiving support in betting markets for the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), but the eight-year-old was found to have blood in his nostrils after finishing third behind Mr Moet and Maussane in a barrier trial over 1450 metres at Lark Hill and was sent back to the stable of Reed.

Kincaple returned to the races with an unlucky seventh place finish in the Group 3 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) and was found to be suffering from a virus after finishing a disappointing thirteenth in the Railway Stakes.

Reed elected to withdraw Kincaple from the Kingston Town Classic and the break paid dividends for the gelding who returned to his best form with a tough front running second place finish in the Cox Stakes last Saturday.

Reed will be having just his third runner in the Perth Cup after Gondorff finished fifth behind Guest Wing in 2011 and Kincaple finishing 12th in 2012.

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