Ballarat Cup 2011 Nominations & Weights

While the action of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival heats up Ascot Racecourse over in WA this Saturday, the end-of-season racing continues in Victoria with the 2011 Ballarat Cup.


Domesky is one of two 2011 Ballarat Cup entries for trainer Michael Kent

Headlining an exciting 10-race Saturday program, the $150,000 Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) has attracted 22 horses at nomination stage this year.

Topweight of the entries is the former Queensland galloper, the now Peter Moody-trained Rothera with 59kg.

The Tobougg six-year-old returned to form last Saturday with an eye-catching one and a quarter length victory in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown’s Zipping Classic Day, Moody hoping to send them out for the season on a high with another stakes win this weekend.

Following Rothera in the Ballarat Cup 2011 ballot and weights are then the Michael Moroney-trained Queensland Cup winner Tinseltown and Dansili eight-year-old Illustrious Blue on 58kg, Robert Smerdon’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes placegetter Paddy O’Reilly on 56.5kg and Cranbourne Cup hero Boom ‘ N’ Zoom with 56.5kg.

Meanwhile Cranbourne-based horseman Michael Kent will attempt to go back-to-back in the Ballarat Cup following the success of My Bentley 12 months ago nominating Red Buttons and Domesky.

Seven-year-old Red Ransom gelding Red Buttons was last seen finishing a disappointing sixth to Lucky Eighty Eight in the Kyneton Cup (2000m) on November 2, a race they won the year before after also winning the 2010 Moe Cup.

Domesday four-year-old Domesky showed more promise last start when finishing a nose away second to Musical Hit in a 2000 metre handicap at Flemington on November 5 carrying 58.5kg.

It was a solid run from a horse that only beat home two other runners when 16th in the Caulfield Cup, Domesky sure to appreciate the drop back to 55kg for the Ballarat Cup.

Other notable Ballarat Cup nominees include Brian Jenkins’ last-start Matriarch Stakes runner-up Stole, the David Hayes-trained former WATC Derby winner Chartreux and Pat Carey’s Eclipse Stakes third placegetter Ulundi.

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2011 Ballarat Cup Nominations, Ballot & Weights

# Horse Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 ROTHERA Peter G Moody 1 59kg 104
2 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) Luke Oliver 3 58kg 102
3 TINSELTOWN (NZ) Michael Moroney 2 58kg 102
4 PADDY O’REILLY (NZ) Robert Smerdon 4 56.5kg 99
5 BOOM ’N’ ZOOM Ken Keys 5 56kg 98
6 RED BUTTONS Michael Kent 6 55.5kg 97
7 DOMESKY Michael Kent 7 55kg 95
8 TEXAN WARNEY Darryl Dodson 8 54kg 92
9 APPREHEND Tony Vasil 12 53.5kg 85
10 CHARTREUX David Hayes 11 53.5kg 86
11 DORSODURO Kelvin Bourke 22 53.5kg 64
12 FLYING HULA Darren Weir 19 53.5kg 70
13 FOXHAM Tony McEvoy 10 53.5kg 89
14 MUSICAL HIT Ken Keys 13 53.5kg 85
15 NIPTIOUS Danny Curran 15 53.5kg 80
16 NOBLE DESTINY Todd Balfour 21 53.5kg 66
17 SEA GALLEON Colin & Cindy Alderson 18 53.5kg 72
18 SEAN BAILE MOR Todd Balfour 14 53.5kg 82
19 SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington 17 53.5kg 72
20 SOVEREIGN RISK (NZ) Fran Houlahan & Brian Johnston 20 53.5kg 66
21 STOLE (NZ) Brian Jenkins 9 53.5kg 89
22 ULUNDI Pat Carey 16 53.5kg 78