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Lopsided Field of Stayers for Grafton Cup
This afternoon's $200,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) boasts some pretty smart stayers from key stables around Sydney – seven with a handicap rating of between 91 to 106, however it does appear to be a forlorn task for most connections with horses down in the weights which are off a 54kg minimum. Good examples of the inequity of the compressed weight scale sees both Primitivo (91 rating) and Satono Rasen (91 rating) carrying 54kg – the same weight as eight rivals whose handicap ratings are between 45 and 67. The top two in the weights and both drawn wide, Sixties Groove and Carzoff, were separated by a thimble in their last start behind Frankely Awesome and hold the lion's share of the cash in what remains a relatively open market. La Pulga has been a model of consistency in Queensland brings a different form-line, last start finishing a close second behind the Chris Waller-trained Another Dollar in a Doomben Gr3 over 2200m, and with 54.5kg he's weighted to feature strongly.