Weight tests Talent Show
Weight tests Talent Show

Perth Cup winner Talent Show will have to break a weight-carrying record to win Monday week's $400,000 Adelaide Cup (3200m) after being given 57kg, the fourth- highest weight.

That's equivalent to the weight the six-year-old mare would carry under weight-for-age conditions, but 3kg more than when she streaked home to beat Mr Moet in the $500,000 Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot on New Year's Day.

Lacey Underall (2008), Demerger (2005) and French Resort (1996) are the only mares to win the Adelaide Cup in the past 30 years, carrying 53kg, 51kg and 50kg respectively.

Talent Show is the equal second- highest rated stayer in the race on 100 points with 2011 Auckland Cup winner Titch, who is topweight on 59kg.

Titch is handicapped a half kilo higher than last year's SA Derby winner Shadows In The Sun (rating 99) and last Wednesday week's Mornington Cup victor Tuscan Fire (99).

Last year's Pakenham and Warrnambool cups-winning mare Dance With Her (101) is weighted on 57.5kg.

Trainer Graeme Ballantyne and Talent Show arrived in Adelaide on Monday after three days on the road from WA.

He followed the lead of trainers Ross Price and Sharon Miller, breaking up the mare's trip with regular stops and overnight stays.

"I thought she would get around 56kg or 57kg," Ballantyne said. "She has settled in well.

"We are up in the hills with bush tracks and the beach is about 20km away. It is similar to what we have at home.

"We probably won't go to the track (Morphettville) because she can do her fast work on the rolling hills here."

Daniel Staeck replaces suspended Jarrad Noske on Talent Show when she strikes Titch in her cup lead-up in Saturday's Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) at Morphettville.

Talent Show is 3.5kg under Titch as the second topweight on 56.5kg and has drawn 11 in the field of 14.

Cranbourne trainer Michael Kent has last-start Moonee Valley and Pakenham winners and Adelaide Cup aspirants Aggregator (55.5) and Vittoria (54) engaged.

"She is up a few kilos, but I think the extra distance in the Lord Reims and the cup will suit her because staying is her game," Ballantyne said.

·Barakey yesterday was cleared to start in Saturday week's Newmarket Handicap at Flemington when he won a jump-out at Caulfield.

"I kept him out wide because the track was cut up from the day before and I didn't want him stepping in a hole," trainer Jim Taylor said.

"The extra distance in the Lord Reims and the cup will suit her because staying is her game."" Talent Show's trainer *Graeme Ballantyne *

The West Australian

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