Scene set for Cup showdown

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Bunbury Turf Club chief executive and racing manager Alex Doble completes polishing of the XXXX Gold Bunbury Cup prior to the big race.
Camera IconBunbury Turf Club chief executive and racing manager Alex Doble completes polishing of the XXXX Gold Bunbury Cup prior to the big race. Credit: Justin Fris

Adam Durrant’s four-year-old Come Play With Me leads the pre-race fancies heading into Sunday’s $120,000 XXXX Gold Bunbury Cup (2000m) at the Bunbury Turf Club.

Durrant, who is regarded as one of the most successful trainers throughout WA, will be keen to add another feature race to his belt in 2019 with Peter Knuckey in the saddle.

Come Play With Me enters with three fourth-placed runs since returning from a spell on January 26 – but prior to that won five of his last six.

Another runner to be considered is Hec McClaren’s gelding He’s A Parker, who has won three of his last four.

All of the four-year-old’s victories during that spell have been over 2000m, which could bode well for a Cup victory on Sunday.

The hopes of a South West victory will rest on the shoulders on three trainers – Justin Warwick, Ross Price and Lou Luciani.

Price’s gelding Mycroft has drawn barrier nine, with Kate Witten securing the mount. The five-year-old runner has won two of his last three and also has solid claims.

Warwick’s mare Elegant Blast has drawn barrier six and Luciani’s four-year-old Like A Butterfly will be on the inside from barrier two.

Race time is 5pm.

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