This Friday night the latest race to offer a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption will take place under the lights at Moonee Valley with the JRA Cup 2012.
A total of 30 nominations were taken for this year’s edition of the $200,000 Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m), many of which are also nominated for the upcoming 2012 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
The top-rated JRA Cup nominees this year are the imported Robert Hickmott-trained duo of Midas Touch, third to Lion Tamer in last year’s Underwood Stakes, and Seville.
Galileo four-year-old Seville missed out on ballot free ride into the $2.65 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 20 last Saturday when they finished fifth to Folding Gear in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) but will get another chance on Friday night.
There are also four last start winners among the JRA Cup nominations for 2012 with including the Lloyd Williams-owned Excluded, Anthony Freedman’s lightly-raced four-year-old Fruehling and the Bart Cummings-trained Precedence.
Precedence enjoyed a good win over the Moonee Valley mile on September 15 overcoming barrier 13 (of 15) as well as the 60.5kg topweight, the veteran Zabeel seven-year-old looking to improve on their 10th in last year’s Caulfield Cup.
Other notable stayers in the mix include Adelaide stayer Alcopop, the Gerald Ryan-trained Ironstein, New Zealand Oaks winner Miss Artistic, SA Derby runner-up Sabrage, and the untapped Gai Waterhouse-trained Tohunga.
The final fields for all of the Moonee Valley night races this weekend are due for release on Wednesday with Races.com.au to publish the full list of acceptors.
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2012 JRA Cup Nominations
Moonee Valley – 28/09/2012
|3||AULD BURNS (GB)||David Hayes||82|
|5||CRABS (NZ)||Chris Hyland||91|
|6||DANCE WITH HER||David Brideoake & David Feek||103|
|7||ERUPTIOUS (NZ)||Michael Kent||85|
|8||EXCLUDED (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||97|
|9||FRUEHLING (IRE)||Anthony Freedman||86|
|10||GALILEO GOLD (NZ)||Doug Harrison||86|
|11||GUNS AT FIVE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||90|
|12||HEAVEN’S RICHES||Robbie Laing||82|
|14||KING DIAMOND||Peter G Moody||95|
|15||MIDAS TOUCH (GB)||Robert Hickmott||107|
|16||MISS ARTISTIC (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||97|
|17||MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB)||Jim Conlan||101|
|19||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||105|
|20||ROCK PRINCESS||Chris Hyland||83|
|22||SAINT DESIR (GB)||Tony McEvoy||82|
|23||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott||106|
|24||SIERRA NEVADA (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||75|
|25||SNEAK A PEEK (ITY)||Peter G Moody||104|
|26||STORM BURST||Peter G Moody||90|
|27||TOHUNGA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||74|
|29||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||103|
|30||VAL CHAMP (ARG)||Anthony Freedman||95|