Mark Kavanagh’s in-form four-year-old gelding King Diamond could back up from his weekend win at Flemington by contesting the $400,000 Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphettville next Monday, March 14.
King Diamond was one of 31 stayers nominated for the 2011 Adelaide Cup.
Danewin four-year-old King Diamond scored his second successive win last Saturday with a tidy victory in the Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) at Flemington’s Australian Guineas Day.
In the Roy Higgins, King Diamond carried a hefty 58.5kg to victory and will advantage from the big drop back in weight to the 54.5kg he has been allocated for the Adelaide Cup.
Originally King Diamond was set to carry 53.5kg in the Cup, but his Flemington win saw the handicappers hand down a 1kg penalty.
Roy Higgins runner-up Vesper has also been nominated to back-up in the Adelaide Cup on Monday, the Lloyd Williams-owned Zabeel four-year-old having won the Listed Victoria Gold Cup (2000m) two starts back.
Reigning Adelaide Cup winner Capecover has also been nominated this year, the eight-year-old back to defend their title having won the event 12 months ago.
Capecover is the 57.5kg top-weight for this year’s Adelaide Cup followed by the Robert Hickmott-trained Mourayan set to carry 57kg.
Other notable 2011 Adelaide Cup Nominations Include:
- Guyno (Lou Luciani) – O’Reilly seven-year-old in career best form having placed second to Guest Win in the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) on New Years’ Day before winning back-to-back black-types in the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) on February 16 and the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) last Saturday
- Maunatrice (Darren Weir) – Ballarat mare won four straight this season including the Listed Port Adelaide Cup (2019m) on February 19 before running a devastating close second to Guyno in the Lord Reims last start
- Lady Avacan (Sue Jaensch) – Six-year-old mare coming off a close third in the Lord Rims Stakes but yet to win over a distance greater than 2200m
- Fast Future (Russell Cameron) – Eight-year-old gelding who won the Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) last start on February 23
The 2011 Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup final field of acceptors will be released on Thursday and published here at Races.com.au along with a detailed race preview and followed by our exclusive Morphettville race tips.
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2011 Adelaide Cup Nominations & Weights
|#||Horse||Trainer||Ballot||Weight (kg)||Handicapper Rating|
|1||CAPECOVER (NZ)||Patrick Payne||4||57.5||105|
|2||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||5||57||104|
|3||FAST FUTURE (NZ)||Russell Cameron||6||56||100|
|4||GUYNO (NZ)||Lou Luciani||1||55.5||99|
|5||KING DIAMOND||Mark Kavanagh||7||54.5 (inc. 1.5 penalty)||97|
|7||LADY AVACAN||Sue Jaensch||3||54||100|
|9||MACEDONIAN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||9||54||95|
|10||TIBOOBURRA TRAVIS||Leon Wells||10||53||92|
|11||BIG TED||Ivan Haggerty||11||53||90|
|12||SIMPLY ADORABLE||Vaughn Sigley||12||53||89|
|13||MUIR (GB)||Robert Hickmott||13||53||88|
|15||OLYMPIC WIN (NZ)||Robert Smerdon||15||53||87|
|16||PERGOLA (NZ)||Colin & Cindy Alderson||16||53||87|
|17||HE’S UNDER THE GUN (NZ)||Michael Moroney||17||53||86|
|18||ART SUCCESS (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||18||53||86|
|19||SADDLER’S STORY||Robert Smerdon||19||53||83|
|21||STREAKY FELLA||Darren Weir||21||53||82|
|22||RAIN SHADOW||Mark Kavanagh||22||53||78|
|23||SIR WALTER||Kathryn Durden||23||53||78|
|24||MONTAHLIA (NZ)||Michael Kent||24||53||78|
|25||OUR SERENA||Pat Carey||25||53||77|
|27||EXALTED BEAUTY||Jim Smith||27||53||74|
|29||SANDHILL LAD||Barry Dunn||29||53||71|
|30||KINCAPLE (NZ)||Jim Conlan||30||53||68|