David Jones Cup Entries 2011 Melbourne Cup-Bound

The staying horses will be out in force on Caulfield Cup Day this Saturday with a number of Melbourne Cup 2011 hopefuls racing in one of the meeting’s major support races, the 2011 David Jones Cup.

Registered last spring as the Coongy Handicap, this year the $125,000 Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m) attracted 36 nominations who are fighting for a spot in the capacity 16-starter plus four emergency final field.


Efficient is one of six 2011 David Jones Cup nominations for Robert Hickmott

One trainer with a dominant hand in the David Jones Cup 2011 nominations is Robert Hickmott who has six entries in the feature.

Included among the Lloyd Williams-owned contingent is 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient, who is the 60.5kg topweight of the David Jones Cup entries.

Zabeel eight-year-old Efficient was last seen running eighth when beaten five lengths by this Saturday’s Caulfield Cup favourite December Draw in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 2.

Following Efficient in the weights and David Jones Cup order of entry are their stablemates Midas Touch (59kg) and Linton (57kg).

2012 Melbourne Cup Odds

Odds subject to change.
Futures all-in betting showing top 24 horses.

Midas Touch was originally set to contest the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Saturday’s meeting, however, connections chose not to accept them and target the $2.5 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley instead.

The import is also a possible 2011 Melbourne Cup chance, Midas Touch sitting at $15 in the Melbourne Cup odds at Luxbet while Linton is a $71 Melbourne Cup hope.

Rounding out Hickmott’s hopefuls are then Azkar, Base and Green Moon.

Hickmott is sweating on the official 2011 Caulfield Cup final field announcement this afternoon at 3:30pm (EDT) to see whether his Newcastle Gold Cup winner Green Moon will be handed the final spot in the 16-starter line-up over equal 17th balloted gallopers Macedonian and Spechenka.

Along with Green Moon, a number of other David Jones Cup nominees will not accept having already made the 2011 Caulfield Cup including last-start JRA Cup winner Dream Pedlar, the Michael Kent-trained four-year-old Domesky and classy South Australian mare Southern Speed.

Naturalism Stakes placegetter Lucky Eighty Eight is also dually entered for both Cups on Saturday and is likely to run in the David Jones Cup as they will only be third or fourth emergency for the Caulfield Cup at best after finishing a disappointing ninth to Shewan in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) last Saturday.

Meanwhile, other 2011 Melbourne Cup hopefuls and their Luxbet ante-post odds nominated for the David Jones Cup on Saturday include New Zealand raider Booming ($81), the David Payne-trained Praecido ($201), Caulfield Cup acceptor but non-qualifier Midnight Martini ($201), Starcraft four-year-old Cosmonaut ($301) and Warrnambool galloper Hissing Sid ($301).

The David Jones Cup was last year won by Kiwi galloper Ginga Dude who went on to run a game third behind dual Cox Plate hero So You Think in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.

Stay tuned to Races.com.au for the Caulfield Cup Day race acceptances, including those for the 2011 David Jones Cup, which are due out tomorrow.

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2011 David Jones Cup Nominations

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 EFFICIENT (NZ) Robert Hickmott 1 60.5kg 115
2 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 2 59kg 112
3 LINTON Robert Hickmott 3 57kg 108
4 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds 5 56kg 105
5 DREAM PEDLAR Troy Blacker 6 55.5kg 103
6 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 8 55.5kg 103
7 RED COLOSSUS Greg Eurell 7 55.5kg 103
8 BANANA MAN Michael Kent 9 54.5kg 101
9 GOD HAS SPOKEN Neville Parnham 10 54kg 100
10 RAFFAELLO Patrick F Ryan 11 54kg 100
11 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 4 54kg 105
12 PADDY O’REILLY (NZ) Robert Smerdon 12 53.5kg 99
13 AKZAR (IRE) Robert Hickmott 28= 53kg 87
14 ALMODOVAR (NZ) Peter G Moody 34 53kg 76
15 APPREHEND Tony Vasil 26= 53kg 88
16 BASE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 21 53kg 93
17 CARNERO Dean Binaisse 18= 53kg 95
18 COSMONAUT Bart Cummings 36 53kg 67
19 DOMESKY Michael Kent 20 53kg 94
20 DON CARLOS (GER) Michael Moroney 32 53kg 82
21 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes 13= 53kg 98
22 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 18= 53kg 95
23 HISSING SID Bill & Symon Wilde 13= 53kg 98
24 LONE COMMAND Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 23 53kg 91
25 LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 13= 53kg 98
26 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh 25 53kg 89
27 OLYMPIC WIN (NZ) Robert Smerdon 28= 53kg 87
28 PACINO Clinton McDonald 28= 53kg 87
29 PLATINUM PASSION Michael Moroney 16= 53kg 97
30 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne 26= 53kg 88
31 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes 22 53kg 92
32 RED BUTTONS Michael Kent 16= 53kg 97
33 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Anthony Cummings 24 53kg 90
34 TESTAS DOUBLE Ken Keys 33 53kg 77
35 THE TIGER Colin & Cindy Alderson 31 53kg 85
36 ULUNDI Pat Carey 35 53kg 75