A quality list of spring staying types have been nominated for the David Jones Cup 2012, one of the six Group races taking place in Melbourne on Caulfield Cup Day this Saturday.
An alternative for the gallopers that didn’t quite make the cut for a Caulfield Cup run, the $150,000 Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m) is still an attractive race at the meeting and can also be used for roughie hopes heading towards the 2012 Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November.
This year the $150,000 Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m) has drawn 19 early entries, nominations featuring two horses that are also still entered for the Caulfield Cup in Prairie Star and Moudre.
International raider Prairie Star who is owned by Aussie connections will race under trainer Danny O’Brien for their time down under, the French galloper last seen running dead last in the Prix Deauville back home over 2500m.
Ciaron Maher’s Blevic seven-year-old meanwhile resumed with a good third to reigning Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed in the Makybe Diva Stakes before something went amiss on October 6 when they failed to beat any of their 15 rivals in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).
Both horses are $61 roughies in the Caulfield Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au and are unlikely to make the 2012 Caulfield Cup field which is announced on Tuesday.
Prairie Star and Moudre are also still in contention for the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) paying $61 and $41 respectively in the latest Melbourne Cup odds.
The Clinton McDonald-trained Pacino meanwhile is the only last start winner nominated for the David Jones Cup, the nine-year-old having won the Manangatang Cup over 2000m last Saturday.
Other hopefuls coming off good runs include Pat Carey’s recent Listed Ansett Classic winner Dame Claire who ran a good third behind Tanby in The Bart Cummings, the John O’Shea-trained Lightinthenite coming off a fourth to Fat Al in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap, and Mick Price’s More Than Ready four-year-old Proliferate.
Also in the mix are last year’s runner-up Extra Zero, the Robert Smerdon-trained Shewan and Mark Kavanagh’s Easy Rocking six-year-old Bagman who won two Listed races in September before their fifth to Midnight Martini in the Cranbourne Cup on Sunday.
Check out the full 2012 David Jones Cup nominations listed below.
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2012 David Jones Cup Nominations
Caulfield Cup Day – 20/10/2012
|1||ANUDJAWUN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||89|
|4||DAME CLAIRE (NZ)||Pat Carey||95|
|5||EXTRA ZERO||David Hayes||100|
|7||MAULES CREEK||John P Thompson||95|
|8||MENADOS (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||80|
|10||MR LOWNDES (NZ)||Richard Jolly||80|
|11||NORDIC DUKE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||72|
|13||PICTURE EDITOR (GB)||Michael Moroney||72|
|14||PRAIRIE STAR (FR)||Danny O’Brien||104|
|17||VAL CHAMP (ARG)||Anthony Freedman||95|
|18||WATERFORD HILL||Leon Corstens||74|
|19||ZUMA ROC||Neil Walsh||68|