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Caulfield trainer Aaron Purcell is hoping Swacadelic can go one better this year when he steps out in the Listed $150,000 Sandown Cup (3200m) on the Ladbrokes Park Hillside track at Sandown on Saturday.

Swacadelic, above in purple and gold colours, will get a 2nd chance to to try to win the Sandown Cup. Photo Ultimate Racing Photos.

Swacadelic, above in purple and gold colours, will get a 2nd chance to to try to win the Sandown Cup. Photo Ultimate Racing Photos.

Swacadelic ran second to the English stayer Qewy in last year’s Sandown Cup and the German import is one of fifteen horses nominated for this year’s 3200m staying test.

Purcell is happy with Swacadelic’s latest form that saw him a winner three starts in the Listed $120,000 R.M. Ansett Classic (2430m) at Mornington on September 30.

The seven year old hasn’t been far off the pace at his next two starts for a fifth in a 2400m BenchMark 84 Handicap at Caulfield followed by a third in a 2800m BenchMark 96 Handicap at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day and Purcell said that a good solid tempo in the Sandown Cup would give the import his best chance of winning.

“I think he’s going into the race as good as ever,” Purcell told AAP.

“The trip’s no worries but when they stop and start that finds him out, so as long as they roll along he’ll be right in the finish.”

Swacadelic will carry the 54kg minimum in the Sandown Cup while the James Cummings trained Havana Cooler will lump the top weight of 60kg with Gallic Chieftain and Bersiha each allocated 57.5kg.

The Darren Weir trained Gallic Chieftain was beaten a whisker when second to Vengeur Masque in the Group 3 $300,000 Geelong Cup (2400m) at Geelong on October 25 and was then fifth to the same horse in the Group 3 $300,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington on day four of the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival last Saturday.

Havana Cooler is also coming out of a run during Melbourne Cup week after finishing fifth to Cismontane in the Group 3 $300,000 Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington on November 4.

2017 Sandown Cup weights

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 333x0x7965 HAVANA COOLER (IRE) G 8 James Cummings 1 60kg 100
2 3811×76325 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 5 Darren Weir 2 57.5kg 95
3 73×0000295 BERISHA G 6 Robert Smerdon 3 57.5kg 95
4 260×504681 FANATIC (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 55kg 94
5 0x00840153 SWACADELIC (GER) G 7 Aaron Purcell 5 54kg 84
6 1x30x46581 DOUKHAN (IRE) G 9 Kris Lees 6 54kg 79
7 4x0x805668 DARABAD (FR) G 5 Robbie Laing 7 54kg 78
8 910×002340 SLY ROMANCE (NZ) G 6 Richard Laming 8 54kg 76
9 x317355106 KAWABATA M 6 Jamie Edwards 9 54kg 75
10 1541598×14 CHOYSA (NZ) G 7 Wayne Walters 10 54kg 70
11 50×4137129 ZILBIYR (FR) G 5 Robert Kingston 11 54kg 69
12 8×90939323 O’COUNEY (NZ) M 6 David Noonan 12 54kg 64
13 8512314613 ZOFFANY ROSE M 4 David & Coral Feek 13 54kg 62
14 7251542514 CHERON WARRIOR G 5 Peter Healey 14 54kg 62
15 7×80005142 I CARUS G 5 Christopher Diplock 15 54kg 54

About The Author

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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