Americain Heads 2011 Moonee Valley Cup Nominations


Americain top nominations for the Moonee Valley Cup 2011

The 2011 Drake International Cup or Moonee Valley Cup is far and away one of the most important races this weekend.

While the 2011 Cox Plate will rightfully take centre stage and the appearance of Black Caviar in the Schweppes Stakes will also be a drawcard, the Drake International Cup has huge ramifications for the rest of the spring.

This will be the final time we see some of these horses before the 2011 Melbourne Cup and for others this is their last opportunity to force their way into the field.

A number of trainers are searching for a much needed boost in prize more and or ballot exemption and the 2011 Moonee Valley Cup is exactly what they need.

The race itself stretches for 2500m around the Valley with first prize collecting $150,000 of the $250,000 in prize money.

Looking through the list of nominations and it’s plain to see just how much quality has attacked the race, most notably defending Melbourne Cup champion Americain.

The Moonee Valley Cup will be the first time we see him on Australian soil this preparation as connections try out a different strategy to what worked so well in 2010.

That year they went to the Geelong Cup and won that before going straight into the Melbourne Cup.

This time they’ll have a slightly shorter break with the Moonee Valley Cup run three days later.

It’s far from a one horse show though and Herbert Power Stakes champion Shewan will be out to fly the Aussie flag.

In a year when a lot is being made about the number of internationals here for the Melbourne Cup, Shewan is a rare entry both bred and trained on our shores.

What’s more he’s also a genuine contender and could well win the 2011 Moonee Valley Cup.

Others to watch out for include Linton, Mourayan, Red Eye Special, Swooper and Caulfield Cup third place getter Tullamore.

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2011 Drake International Cup Nominations

Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Anthony Freedman 95
2 AKZAR (IRE) Robert Hickmott 85
3 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 117
4 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 89
5 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 106
6 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani 103
7 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds 105
8 HARRIS TWEED (NZ) Murray Baker 108
9 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings 106
10 INNOCENT LADY (NZ) Graeme Sanders 93
11 LALLA ROOKH Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 89
12 LINTON Robert Hickmott 108
13 MONTAHLIA (NZ) Michael Kent 89
14 MONTGOMERY (NZ) Colin & Cindy Alderson 90
15 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 108
16 PADDY O’REILLY (NZ) Robert Smerdon 99
17 PERGOLA (NZ) Colin & Cindy Alderson 87
18 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes 92
19 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Anthony Cummings 89
20 SAHARA SUN (CHI) Luca Cumani 103
21 SHEWAN Robert Smerdon 101
22 SWOOPER Darryl Dodson 97
23 TANBY Robert Hickmott 97
24 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 104