2012 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Nominations

A race won 12 months ago by the previous year’s Melbourne Cup winner Americain, the Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2012 will run in Melbourne for Cox Plate Day this Saturday, with an intriguing field of stayers making up the nominations.

Maluckyday

Maluckyday is one of a number of Moonee Valley Gold Cup entries more likely to run in Wednesday's Geelong Cup

A bumper 22 early entries were taken for the $250,000 Drake International Cup (2500m) this year, a number of which are also accepted to run in Wednesday’s $300,000 Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m).

Geelong Cup acceptors also nominated for the 2012 Moonee Valley Cup include:

  • 2010 Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday coming off a much improved second in the Listed The Bart Cummings (2520m), a $26 chance at bookmaker.com.au for the Melbourne Cup
  • John Gosden’s British raider Gatewood who is topping the Geelong Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au and who is also at $26 to win the Melbourne Cup next month
  • Herbert Power Stakes third placed Exceptionally, a $51 Melbourne Cup chance, and
  • Michael Kent’s imported French galloper Tac De Boistron to make their Australian debut this week

Connections of grey stayer Tac De Boistron who, like the bulk of the MV Gold Cup nominees is heading towards a run in the $6.2 million Group 1Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on Tuesday November 6, have warned they will be scratched from the Geelong Cup if track conditions are too firm.

“He has a lot of weight (in the Geelong Cup) and basically we are just looking at a prep run,” Kent said warning punters they would not be at their best until they got up to the 3200m of the Melbourne Cup.

“It has its benefits obviously because you have exposure to crowds and that sort of thing. There is a risk that you can jar them up if the track is too firm.

“I think it is important to have a run and it seems like it is the winning formula to have a run before the Melbourne Cup.”

The shortest-priced of the Moonee Valley Gold Cup hopes in the 2012 Melbourne Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au meanwhile is the Robert Hickmott-trained Mourayan at $21, the in-form seven-year-old last seen winning the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) at Randwick on October 6.

Hickmott and owner Lloyd Williams are also represented in the Drake International Cup nominations by Herbert Power Stakes runner-up Excluded, Caulfield Stakes fourth placed Midas Touch and last start The Bart Cummings winner Tanby.

Other noteworthy Melbourne Cup chances that could use Saturday’s race as a springboard to the world’s richest handicap include the Bart Cummings-trained Precedence, Adelaide Cup winner Rialya and Gerald Ryan’s consistent Zabeel seven-year-old Ironstein.

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2012 Drake International Cup Nominations

Moonee Valley Racecourse – 27/10/2012

# Horse Trianer Hcp. Rating
1 BUXTED (IRE) Sam Pritchard-Gordon 95
2 CHATEAU MARGAUX Peter G Moody 93
3 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 98
4 EXCLUDED (NZ) Robert Hickmott 98
5 FICTIONAL ACCOUNT (IRE) David Hayes 95
6 GATEWOOD (GB) John Gosden 101
7 HEAVEN’S RICHES Robbie Laing 80
8 IBICENCO (GER) Luca Cumani 100
9 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 101
10 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 107
11 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 105
12 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 103
13 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 108
14 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 104
15 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 98
16 RIALYA Lloyd Kennewell 99
17 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney 100
18 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens 92
19 TAC DE BOISTRON (FR) Michael Kent 107
20 TANBY Robert Hickmott 104
21 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 103
22 VATUVEI Peter G Moody 82