Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Price Boosts, Racing Backups, Fluc Up!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Odds Boosts, Racing Offers, Massive MULTIS!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Bruno Cannatelli
Danny O'Brien has revised plans for Ballarat Cup scratching Lycurgus

Danny O’Brien has revised plans for Ballarat Cup scratching Lycurgus and the trainer believes the stayer can get a result in another upcoming country feature.

O’Brien opted to withdraw Lycurgus from Saturday’s $350,000 Ballarat Cup a few hours before the race once the track was downgraded from a soft (6) to a soft (7).

The Ballarat Cup (2200m) had been one of two targets for Lycurgus this preparation along with the $300,000 Listed Pakenham Cup (2500m) on December 8.

The Pakenham Cup remains a focus but having missed the Ballarat race O’Brien plans to also run the five-year-old at Moonee Valley on Saturday as a lead-in to Pakenham.

“He’ll go to Moonee Valley to run in the 2040-metre benchmark-90 and then he will run in the Pakenham Cup off a seven-day break,” O’Brien said.

“He’s always been a horse that we’ve had trouble with on wet tracks. He struggles on ground worse than a soft five.

“It’s disappointing but he can’t handle it, and the weather is the weather.

“He’ll get his chance in these next two starts. So hopefully he can get the Pakenham Cup.”

Lycurgus won the Listed Galilee Series Final (2400m) as a three-year-old and claimed three city staying races in Melbourne last preparation.

He has had two starts this campaign, finishing unplaced over an unsuitable distance at weight-for-age in the Group Two Crystal Mile first-up.

He loomed up to hit the front in a 2000m benchmark-90 during the Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington before finishing third to Top Prospect who is expected to be among his Moonee Valley rivals on Saturday.

The Ballarat Cup was won by the Darren Weir-trained Kiwia who finished strongly to chase down 2016 winner Pilote D’Essai.

 
Featured News

Free List of the Best Racing Bets and Bonus Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Melbourne Cup winner Subzero fighting for his life

Melbourne Cup winner Subzero has fought off a bout of colic but remains seriously ill. The 1992 Melbourne Cup winner...

Caulfield Guineas winner dies

Caulfield Guineas winner Mighty Boss has sadly died from colic. The former Mick Price trained galloper took out the Group...

Tahlia Hope released from hospital

After almost two weeks in hospital, Victorian apprentice jockey Tahlia Hope has returned home. Hope contracted viral meningitis and was...

Controversial horse returns in trial

Controversial horse Black Heart Bart has been brought out of retirement after suffering what was said to be a career...

Melbourne Cup plans revealed for Lord Belvedere

Imported stayer Lord Belvedere will be given the opportunity to progress to bigger spring staying races after scoring a stylish...

Another former Star WA sprinter in The Everest

Owner Bob Peters is set to have two runners in the $14 million The Everest with Enticing Star announced as...

Schillaci Stakes winner to gain entry into The Everest

The turf wars between Victoria and NSW appear to be softening with the winner of the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield...

Trainer Ben Currie has ban reduced

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has had his disqualification on racing convictions further reduced while his criminal fraud charges have been...

Veteran trainer remains in critical condition

Veteran trainer Bruce Purcell remains in a critical condition, three days after being airlifted to a Melbourne hospital with serious...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

 
 
Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.