One of the country’s few remaining true, two-mile showdowns will be next month’s 2012 Sydney Cup, nominations for which have now been received by Racing New South Wales with former Melbourne Cup winner Americain the headline entry.
Due to light-up Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday April 28 as one of the most popular betting opportunities at bookmaker.com.au during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the $500,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) has this year drawn 81 nominations.
Won 12 months ago by Chris Waller’s Hawk Wing gelding Stand To Gain, the Sydney Cup will be on the radar for Waller again in 2012 with the ace Sydney-based trainer nominating nine from his stables including the defending champ.
Waller, however, did not nominate his Chipping Norton Stakes winner Shoot Out who was the first horse to gain an official Sydney Cup ballot exemption with the win.
Also with a strong hand in the Sydney Cup 2012 early entries is Gai Waterhouse with 13 hopefuls including 2010 The Metropolitan winner Herculian Prince, last year’s Sydney Cup runner-up Older Than Time, Johannesburg mare Once Were Wild and last year’s Caulfield Cup third placed Tullamore.
However, the biggest name in the Sydney Cup nominations this year is Americain, the 2010 Melbourne Cup hero looking to add another Aussie Group 1 Cup to his name.
Now prepared down under by David Hayes, the former French galloper resumed last Saturday with an eye-catching third when beaten under half a length by Manighar in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington.
Peter Moody’s Australian Cup winner Manighar, another ex-European stayer, has also been nominated for the Sydney Cup.
Other notable Sydney Cup hopes this year include recent Adelaide Cup runner-up Drunken Sailor, Walter McShane’s Mornington Cup winner and Adelaide Cup third placegetter Norsqui, the Robert Smerdon-trained champion hurdler Black And Bent, Bart Cummings’ German import Illo and smart Kiwi mare Scarlett Lady who won the Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) last Saturday.
Late entries close on Monday March 26 followed by the release of the Sydney Cup weights that same day.
The 2012 Schweppes Sydney Cup final field of acceptances will then be revealed on Tuesday April 24 and published right here at Races.com.au.
The next race to offer a Sydney Cup ballot exemption to the winner is the $157,000 Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) running at Royal Randwick on Australian Derby Day, April 14.
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2012 Sydney Cup Nominations
Royal Randwick – Saturday April 28, 2012
|2||AGENT BAUER||Gwenda Markwell|
|3||ALMODOVAR (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|4||AMERICAIN (USA)||David Hayes|
|5||ANUDJAWUN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer|
|6||BEIJING BOY (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|7||BIG TIME||Chris Waller|
|8||BLACK AND BENT||Robert Smerdon|
|9||BOOMING (NZ)||Jeff Lynds|
|10||BRAYROAN (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|11||BUCCELLATI (GB)||Michael Moroney|
|12||BUDAI (GER)||David Hayes|
|14||CROSS CONSTANCE||Patrick F Ryan|
|15||DON’T PUT IT THERE (NZ)||Jim & Greg Lee|
|16||DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE)||Michael Moroney|
|17||DUBLIN DARLIN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer|
|18||EFFICIENT (NZ)||Robert Hickmott|
|19||ENDOR (NZ)||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson|
|20||GALIZANI||John P Thompson|
|21||HANKS||Peter G Moody|
|22||HAWK ISLAND (IRE)||Chris Waller|
|23||HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|24||HINDU’S GIRL||Keith Horobin|
|25||ILLO (GER)||Bart Cummings|
|26||I’M JAKE (NZ)||David Brideoake & David Feek|
|27||INNOCENT LADY (NZ)||Graeme & Mark Sanders|
|28||JIMMY FORTUNES||Michael Clout|
|30||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller|
|31||KING DIAMOND||Peter G Moody|
|34||LARGO LAD||David Hayes|
|35||LEICA LARRIKIN||Les Bridge|
|36||MANIGHAR (FR)||Peter G Moody|
|37||MARDEN (IRE)||Chris Waller|
|38||MAXIMUS GLADIATOR||David Vandyke|
|39||MERCHANDISE (GB)||Chris Waller|
|40||MONOPOLIZE (GB)||Gai Waterhouse|
|41||MONTGOMERY (NZ)||Colin & Cindy Alderson|
|42||MUIRFIELD (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|44||NIWOT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|46||OLDER THAN TIME||Gai Waterhouse|
|47||OLYMPIC WIN (NZ)||Robert Smerdon|
|48||ONCE WERE WILD||Gai Waterhouse|
|49||OUR SERENA||Pat Carey|
|50||PEAL OF BELLS||Gwenda Markwell|
|51||PERMIT (GB)||Chris Waller|
|52||PLANET PURPLE||Kerry Parker|
|53||PRAECIDO (NZ)||David Payne|
|54||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings|
|55||RAIN DRUM||Gai Waterhouse|
|56||REBEL SOLDIER (IRE)||David Hayes|
|57||REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|58||ROI D’JEU (NZ)||Craig Ritchie|
|59||ROTHERA||Peter G Moody|
|61||SADDLER’S STORY||Robert Smerdon|
|63||SCARLETT LADY (NZ)||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson|
|65||SNAKE DANCER||Keith Horobin|
|66||SO LIGHT||Sarah Murray-Leslie|
|67||SOLID BILLING||Craig Ritchie|
|68||STAND TO GAIN (IRE)||Chris Waller|
|69||STAR OF SHOW||Trent Busuttin|
|71||TEMPELTEN (NZ)||Scott Lucock|
|72||TENBY LADY (USA)||Gai Waterhouse|
|73||TENNO (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|74||THE GREAT SNOWMAN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|75||TULLAMORE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|76||TWO FOR TEA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|77||UNDER THE SUN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|78||WALL STREET (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|79||WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|80||YOU THINK SO (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|81||ZAVITE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|