2011 Australian Cup – Nominations Released

The 2011 Australian Cup is set to feature on Flemington’s Super Saturday of Racing this weekend March 12, 2011, and below you can find update nominations information.

The 2011 Australian Cup will be run over 2,000 metres, is run under standard weight for age conditions and is worth a staggering $1 million in prize money.

There are currently 35 of the country’s most talented horses nominated for the Group 1 Australian Cup this Saturday, including names such as Zipping, Shocking and Heart Of Dreams.

Robert Hickmott’s Zipping is currently the first in the ballot order in the 2011 Australian Cup nominations, after he won the event last year.

The nine-year-old gelding won last year’s race by a nose from barrier 12 with regular jockey Nicholas Hall on board.

Zipping is currently $5 second favourite in the Luxbet Australian Cup futures market.

The current favourite at Luxbet is Mick Price’s Heart of Dreams, who has been supported into $4.80 favourite at Luxbet after a spectacular win in the Group 2 St George Stakes on February 26.

Heart Of Dreams won the 2011 St George Stakes by 2.5 lengths, after finishing a nose short of victory to Typhoon Tracy in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes the start before.

David Hayes is considering giving his French import Laristan a start in the 2011 Australian Cup after he won the $76,000 Jockey Celebration Day Plate (2000m).

The four-year-old entire was 28th in the ballot order for the 2011 Australian Cup nominations before Saturday’s win.

Laristan claimed his first Australian victory in the race by an astounding 2.5 lengths ahead of quality horse Mourayan.

Laristan’s trainer is still unsure of whether to try his horse in the classy 2011 Australian Cup nominations field.

“If he pulls up well – he’s a ferocious eater – we may back him up next week because I think he’s a real Flemington horse,” David Hayes said.

David Hayes is hoping for a good performance from his new hopeful, should he choose to run him, as he is aiming him at some impressive races later in the year.

“We’re aiming towards the Sydney Cup,” he said.

A win in the Sydney Cup could mean a start in the 2011 Melbourne Cup.

Laristan has firmed in from odds of $61 to $31 at Luxbet for the 2011 Australian Cup following his last start win.

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2011 Australian Cup Nominations & Weights

No Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Handicapper Rating
1 ZIPPING Robert Hickmott 1 59 119
2 SHOCKING Mark Kavanagh 2 59 118
3 HEART OF DREAMS Mick Price 3 59 115
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 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 8 59 109
8 GINGA DUDE (NZ) Graeme Boyd 9 59 109
9 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds 10 59 108
10 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 12 59 108
11 TRUSTING John P Thompson 14 59 107
12 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 16 59 105
13 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 17 59 106
14 LINTON Robert Hickmott 18 59 105
15 LORNE DANCER Gai Waterhouse 19 59 105
16 SPACECRAFT Mick Price 20 59 105
17 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 21 59 104
18 LORD PYRUS (NZ) Judy Mawer 22 59 102
19 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes 24 59 97
20 CEDARBERG Pat Carey 25 59 97
21 WIND SHEAR Dale Sutton 26 59 95
22 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent 27 59 95
23 KUTCHINSKY Tony Noonan 29 59 93
24 MR CHARLIE (NZ) Peter G Moody 30 59 92
25 HANKS Peter G Moody 31 59 89
26 SCOTTISH BORDER Garry Frazer 33 59 87
27 ZEVADA (NZ) Tony Noonan 35 59 75
28 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes 23 58.5 99
29 LARISTAN (FR) David Hayes 28 58.5 95
30 PURPLE Peter Snowden 13 57 107
31 FAINT PERFUME Bart Cummings 15 57 105
32 MISS DARCEY Anthony Cummings 32 57 87
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