Melbourne Cup 2011 Nomination Looms for Hume

August 4, 2011

Melbourne Cup 2011 Nomination Looms for Hume

Veteran stayer Hume is being prepared for an ambitious 2011 Melbourne Cup crusade this spring, their Eagle Farm-based trainer Brian Smith undeterred by the eight-year-olds’ age or the odds against them to go all the way in the world’s richest handicap.


Hume will be nominated for the 2011 Melbourne Cup after missing out on a start in the race for the past two years

Zabeel gelding Hume only made a return to racing during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival in June having been sidelined for 18 months due to a nasty tendon injury.

During the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival of 2009 Hume showed excellent potential with their eye-catching second place finish behind subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Shocking in the Group 3 The Lexus Stakes (2500m).

Smith had his eye on the Melbourne Cup prize that year, but even with a third in the Lexus Hume didn’t qualify for Flemington’s famous two-mile feature.

“We paid $44,000 for a late nom for the Melbourne Cup but he still didn’t make the field when he was beaten by Shocking in the Lexus,” Smith said.

Missing out on the Cup that year, Hume had a final run on Emirate Stakes Day when fifth to Sterling Prince in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2500m), after which they suffered their season-ending injury.

“I’m lucky that I’ve been allowed to use the good training facilities at Eagle Farm with him as well as giving him plenty of time to get over the injury,” Smith said.

“He’s been in work for nearly a year getting the leg right.

“I had him in work for a solid month and sent him to Yandina Lodge near Caloundra to exercise on a water-walker for another month as part of his rehabilitation.”

Returning at Eagle Farm this year, Hume has had four runs but has failed to finish better than third.

Last start they ran seventh, beaten a credible three and a half lengths by the Robert Heathcote-trained Work The Room, in the Listed Tattersall’s Mile (1600m) on July 23.

“He ran a good race last start and he’s trained on well,” Smith said.

Hume will step out again on Saturday in the $50,000 Next Byte Open Handicap (1630m) at Doomben, the warhorse facing a tough field including Tattersall’s Racing Club Mile winner Frozone and the Kelso Wood-trained Elusive Port.

Drawn in barrier nine of 12 and due to be ridden by apprentice jockey Ashley Butler, Smith is realistic over Hume’s chances at Doomben this weekend and believes he will build himself up as the season progresses.

“He’s not ready for a 2000-metre race yet but he’ll still be very competitive over the mile,” Smith said.

Following Saturday’s first-up run Smith has scheduled a tentative path to the Melbourne Cup 2011 that includes the $185,000 Group 3 Newcastle Cup (2300m) on September 15 and the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) at Randwick on October 1.

“He could have another run here before he goes away or he might have to run in Sydney first before he starts in the Newcastle Cup,” Smith said.

In the current Doomben Race 7 betting odds for Saturday at Luxbet, Hume is rated a $6 chance in an open market that features four other single-figure contenders.

Not wanting to be slapped with a hefty late nomination fee as was the case two years ago, Smith will enter Hume in the 2011 Melbourne Cup nominations when they are taken on September 1.

“He’ll be nominated for the Melbourne Cup and if he goes there he’ll probably only have time for one lead-up run in Melbourne,” Smith said.

This year’s $6 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) will light up Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday November 1, but punters don’t have to wait until Melbourne Cup Day to bet on the ‘race that stops a nation’.

By signing up with Luxbet now, not only will you get access to the best Melbourne Cup odds but you will also be rewarded with a bonus welcome bet up to $400 by quoting the codeword BONUSBET when you open your account and deposit your first stakes!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

All Aged to The Everest 2018 f...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Fin...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Final for The Everest Bound Redzel

Inaugural The Everest champion Redzel has been specifically set for an autumn...

Daysee Doom Heads 2018 Emancip...

Daysee Doom Heads 2018 Emancipation Stakes Field & Betting

Ron Quinton’s flying five-year-old Daysee Doom is tipped as the mare to beat...

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018...

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018?

Winx next race? It’s the question always on the horizon after she leaves her...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrok...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Winner

The well-supported, clear Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 favourite Written...

Horse Racing Today

Victorian filly So Far Sokool ...

Gai’s 2 head the list of...

Gai’s 2 head the list of nominations for the 2018 Japan Racing Association Plate

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Ecuador and Arbeitsam head up the...

Single Gaze looking to the fut...

Single Gaze looking to the future as a brood mare, out of 2018 Sydney Cup

Group 1 winning mare Single Gaze will begin preparations for the upcoming...

Savvy Coup looking for another...

Savvy Coup looking for another Kiwi win in 2018 Australian Oaks

Savvy Coup will be trying to keep the Kiwi fillies strong winning record...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in 2018 Sydney Cup

Damien Oliver has found himself back on Melbourne Cup winner Almandin who is...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field