2011 Australian Cup First Declarations Leave 35 in Contention

Today the list of horses vying for a spot in the 2011 Australian Cup field was cut from 63 at nomination stage to 35 with the release of the Australian Cup First Declarations.

The $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) is one of the two headline races at Flemington’s Super Saturday of Racing on March 12.

Three horses are currently battling for favouritism in the Australian Cup odds at Luxbet with Heart Of Dreams, Shocking and Zipping the early picks to win.

Zipping

Defending Australian Cup champion Zipping

Defending champion and Zipping is number one of the Australian Cup ballot, Lloyd Williams’ evergreen nine-year-old out to add back-to-back Australian Cup wins to their impressive career record.

Zipping resumed for the season with a first-up 10th behind the since-retired Typhoon Tracy in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 12, the Danehill stayer unsuited to the shorter distance.

Previous Melbourne Cup winner Shocking also ran in the CF Orr last weekend.

The Mark Kavanagh-trained Street Cry five-year-old crossed in 11th place but ran one of the fastest final 600m sectionals in an ideal Australian Cup trial.

Heart Of Dreams produced the eye-catching run of the race in the CF Orr, Mick Price’s improving son of Show A Heart coming from well back to put a late challenge on Typhoon Tracy and go down by just a short-head to the mare on the line.

The 2011 Dubai Australian Cup has a field limit of 18 starters and other early favourites in the market guaranteed of a start include:

  • New Zealand galloper Wall Street (4th) who won the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington during the spring
  • Fellow Kiwi stayer Ginga Dude (8th) another strong performer in Australia last season
  • Bart Cummings’ Zabeel gelding Precedence (9th) a multiple Group winner who ran 14th in the CF Orr also needing more distance
  • Last year’s Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva (11th) also heading towards a start in the 2011 Australian Guineas the week before the Australian Cup
  • Group 1 placegetter Alcopop (16th)
  • Ciaron Maher’s Belvic five-year-old Moudre (17th) a proven stayer well-suited to the distance and conditions of the Australian Cup
  • Zipping’s younger stablemate Linton (18th), ninth first-up in the CF Orr

One promising Australian Cup hopeful that still needs to secure a spot in the field is Cedarberg sitting 26th on the order of entry.

Pat Carey’s promising four-year-old Cedarberg will attempt to earn an Australian Cup start when they line up in the $300,000 Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) tomorrow.

Cedarberg is the clear $3.30 favourite in the Mornington Cup odds at Luxbet.

Notable defectors that were not accepted for the Australian Cup at first declaration stage today include Whobegotyou, Vigor and Once Were Wild.

The 2011 Australian Cup final field of acceptors will be released on Wednesday March 9 and published first here at Races.com.au so bookmark this site.

While Australian Cup betting has been briefly suspended, Luxbet is due to reopen their markets shortly so take the time now to open your online account with Luxbet for access to the best Australian Cup odds.

2011 Dubai Australian Cup First Declarations

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight (kg) Hcp. Rating
1 ZIPPING Robert Hickmott 1 59 119
2 SHOCKING Mark Kavanagh 2 59 118
3 HEART OF DREAMS Mick Price 3 59 113
4 WALL STREET (NZ) Jeff Lynds 4 59 113
5 SCENIC SHOT Daniel Morton 5 59 112
6 HARRIS TWEED (NZ) Murray & Bjorn Baker 6 59 112
7 GINGA DUDE (NZ) Graeme Boyd 8 59 109
8 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 9 59 108
9 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds 10 59 108
10 TRUSTING John P Thompson 13 59 107
11 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 15 59 106
12 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 16 59 106
13 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 17 59 106
14 LINTON Robert Hickmott 18 59 105
15 LORNE DANCER Gai Waterhouse 19 59 105
16 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 20 59 104
17 SPACECRAFT Mick Price 21 59 104
18 LORD PYRUS (NZ) Judy Mawer 23 59 100
19 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes 24 59 97
20 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent 25 59 97
21 CEDARBERG Pat Carey 26 59 95
22 WIND SHEAR Dale Sutton 27 59 94
23 KUTCHINSKY Tony Noonan 28 59 94
24 HANKS Peter G Moody 29 59 93
25 MR CHARLIE (NZ) Peter G Moody 30 59 92
26 SCOTTISH BORDER Garry Frazer 33 59 87
27 ZEVADA (NZ) Tony Noonan 35 59 75
28 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes 22 58.5 102
29 LARISTAN (FR) David Hayes 32 58.5 89
30 PURPLE Peter Snowden 12 57 107
31 FAINT PERFUME Bart Cummings 14 57 106
32 MISS DARCEY Anthony Cummings 31 57 89
33 PLAYING GOD Neville Parnham 7 54.5 110
34 ANACHEEVA Peter G Moody 11 54.5 108
35 ECLAIR SURPRISE Peter G Moody 34 54.5 82

Photo courtesy (c) Taron Clarke Photography