International Radiers in Herbert Power Stakes 2011 Nominations

On Monday Racing Victoria took nominations for all of the Caulfield Guineas Day races ahead of this weekend’s major Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival meet including those for the 2011 Herbert Power Stakes, which has attracted a number of international horses.

There were officially 26 stayers nominated for the $200,000 Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) this year, a race offering the winner a ballot exemption for Saturday week’s 2011 Caulfield Cup.

Adding interest to the list of hopefuls for the Herbert Power Stakes 2011 are overseas nominees:

  • Luca Cumani’s great old grey and former Melbourne Cup runner-up Bauer, the eight-year-old last seen winning a 2815m handicap in England with 60.5kg on their back last month
  • The Mikel Delzangles-trained French galloper Dunaden
  • The Brian Ellison-trained stablemates Moyenne Corniche, winner of the York Ebor Handicap in August, and Saptapadi, both nominated 2011 Melbourne Cup

In the latest Luxbet odds for the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup (3200m), running at Flemington on Tuesday November 1, the shortest-priced of these internationals is Dunaden at a quote of $41.

Meanwhile Robert Hickmott will attempt back-to-back wins having prepared last year’s Herbert Power Stakes winner Linton nominating five from his stables.

The Hickmott-trained Herbert Power Stakes entries are:

  • Midas Touch coming off a last-start third to Lion Tamer in the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield
  • Sunday’s The Bart Cummings winner Mourayan
  • Imported Galileo four-year-old At First Sight who ran second to Caulfield Cup favourite December Draw in the Naturalism Stakes on September 17
  • Last month’s Newcastle Gold Cup winner Green Moon
  • Tanby, another Galileo import heading towards the Spring Cups who comes off a 2500m victory at Moonee Valley

Midas Touch, At First Sight and Green Moon are all dual nominees for Caulfield Guineas Day having also been entered for one of the meeting’s elite level features – the $400,000 Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

At First Sight and Midas Touch are also two of the best-backed horses in the Luxbet markets for the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) paying $8.50 and $10 respectively behind clear $3 favourite December Draw.

The 2011 Herbert Power Stakes final field and barriers will be released on Wednesday and published here first at Races.com.au.

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2011 Herbert Power Stakes Nominations & Weights

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 1 58kg 112
2 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles 15 57kg 109
3 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 2 56.5kg 108
4 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 3 56kg 106
5 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani 4 55kg 103
6 MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB) Brian Ellison 16 55kg 103
7 SAPTAPADI (IRE) Brian Ellison 5 55kg 103
8 TACTIC (GB) David Hayes 17 55kg 103
9 MASTER O’REILLY (NZ) Judy Mawer 6 54kg 100
10 RAFFAELLO Patrick F Ryan 18 54kg 100
11 LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 7 53kg 98
12 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 12 52.5kg 89
13 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 19 52.5kg 95
14 GALIZANI John P Thompson 22= 52.5kg 90
15 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 9 52.5kg 95
16 LOPOV (NZ) Danny O’Brien 14 52.5kg 78
17 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 8 52.5kg 96
18 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh 13 52.5kg 87
19 MY SCOTSGREY (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 20= 52.5kg 95
20 PRUSSIAN OFFICER Steve Richards 26 52.5kg 78
21 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes 10 52.5kg 92
22 SHEWAN Robert Smerdon 24 52.5kg 88
23 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens 11 52.5kg 92
24 TANBY Robert Hickmott 20= 52.5kg 95
25 TWO FOR TEA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 25 52.5kg 85
26 ZOOMIN (NZ) Michael Kent 22= 52.5kg 90