Adelaide Cup 2012 Nominations & Weights

Late last week the early nominations and weights for the highly-anticipated 2012 Adelaide Cup at Morphettville next month were released with 41 stayers nominated for the popular two-mile showdown.

Norsqui

Norsqui is one of the top-rated and weighted 2012 Adelaide Cup noiminations

One of only five stakes events on the Australian racing calendar held each year over the traditional 3200-metres cup distance, the most notable of which is of course the spring’s Melbourne Cup, the  $400,000 Group 3 Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup is set to light up Morphettville Racecourse on Monday March 12.

Last year’s Adelaide Cup winner Muir came via a third in the Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) at Flemington, a race that is set to run this Saturday on Australian Guineas Day and which could be a good one to watch for Luxbet punters wanting an early Adelaide Cup betting guide.

Another upcoming clash to keep an eye on when seeking the best value in the Adelaide Cup odds once released is tomorrow night’s $225,000 Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) in Tasmania where Adelaide Cup nominees including Fieldmaster and Viking Hero will face off.

There are plenty of talented gallopers among the 2012 Adelaide Cup nominations including the 59.5kg topweight Drunken Sailor.

A stablemate of Viking Hero and one of four Adelaide Cup entries for trainer Michael Moroney, the European import was last seen running second to Norsqui in the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) on February 15 with 60kg on their back.

Mornington Cup winner Norsqui from the stables of Walter McShane also features in the Adelaide Cup entries as the third heaviest-weighted horse on 56kg.

Titch is the second with 57.5kg, Kevin Myers’ veteran seven-year-old New Zealander last seen winning the Wairo Cup (2100m) back home.

Myers has also nominated his seven-year-old Jahalfil gelding Crocodile Canyon for the Adelaide Cup.

Meanwhile fellow Kiwi horseman Shaune Ritchie, now based in Sydney, could be represented in the race by his Group performing Montjeu six-year-old Roi D’Jeu who is a scratching from Wednesday’s Launceston Cup field.

Other more notable Adelaide Cup nominations high up the current order of entry include Peter Moody’s in-form Encosta De Lago gelding Hanks who won the Listed Moonee Valley Night Cup (2500m) last Friday, the David Hayes-trained Bago Handicap winner Unchain My Heart, Tony Vasil’s Werribee Cup champ Apprehend and Western Jewel.

Grant Williams’ smart Perth-trained mare Western Jewel was the commanding two length winner of last year’s Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) at home earning herself an interstate trip.

The Jeune five-year-old made her Melbourne debut in the Mornington Cup running a credible fifth and is nominated to race again this Saturday in the aforementioned $125,000 Listed Roy Higgins quality (2600m) at Flemington.

See below for the complete list of Adelaide Cup nominations and weights, as well as the latest 2012 Adelaide Cup ballot.

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2012 Adelaide Cup Nominations, Ballot & Weights

Morphettville – 12/03/2012

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Michael Moroney 1 59.5kg 108
2 TITCH (NZ) Kevin Myers 2 57.5kg 102
3 NORSQUI Walter McShane 4 56kg 98
4 ROI D’JEU (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 5 55kg 95
5 CROCODILE CANYON (NZ) Kevin Myers 6 54.5kg 94
6 FIELDMASTER (NZ) Patrick Payne 9 54.5kg 93
7 HANKS Peter G Moody 7 54.5kg 93
8 VIKING HERO Michael Moroney 8 54.5kg 93
9 WESTERN JEWEL Grant Williams 3 54.5kg 99
10 RIALYA Lloyd Kennewell 10 54kg 92
11 SADDLER’S STORY Robert Smerdon 12 53.5kg 91
12 ALL OUT WAR (IRE) Michael Moroney 36 53kg 66
13 APPREHEND Tony Vasil 15 53kg 87
14 BEAUTIFUL SOUL Daniel Clarken 28 53kg 71
15 CLUB ROYALE Lee Creek 17 53kg 85
16 DASHING MOULAH Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 42 53kg 54
17 DUMOSA Barry Brook 38 53kg 63
18 ENCHANTING WATERS Michael Sell 16 53kg 85
19 GOLDEN CALIBRE Dan O’Sullivan 40 53kg 60
20 HE’S HOT TO TROT Mick Whittle 23 53kg 76
21 HIPHOPOPOTAMUS (NZ) Michael Moroney 24 53kg 74
22 IRISH RHAPSODY John Hickmott 19 53kg 81
23 KEEP CONTROL Darren Weir 18 53kg 81
24 LONDON STRIPE (IRE) Robert Hickmott 21 53kg 78
25 MONTGOMERY (NZ) Colin & Cindy Alderson 14 53kg 89
26 MR RIGGS Robbie Griffiths 25 53kg 74
27 MUKARRAR David Hayes 41 53kg 59
28 NEVELE TOL Gary Searle 32 53kg 69
29 PERSIAN STAR Robert Smerdon 11 53kg 91
30 SEAN BAILE MOR Todd Balfour 20 53kg 80
31 SOPHISTICATION Rebecca Waymouth 26 53kg 73
32 SPARKLING VICTORY Joe Lockyer 39 53kg 60
33 STAKHANOVITE Gary Searle 22 53kg 77
34 TAKE OUT Ron Daniel 35 53kg 68
35 TANAH LOT (NZ) Colin Little 27 53kg 72
36 THE SOUTHERN (NZ) Colin Little 34 53kg 68
37 TUSCAN FIRE Dan O’Sullivan 30 53kg 70
38 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes 13 53kg 89
39 WAKAYAMA Jason Cannon 37 53kg 65
40 WARATOR Ricky Bruhn 29 53kg 70
41 WARRINGAH (GB) Daryl Archard 33 53kg 69
42 XAAR BEST Mark Stephenson 31 53kg 70