It’s A Dundeel Tops 2012 Moonee Valley Vase Nominations

October 22, 2012

It’s A Dundeel Tops 2012 Moonee Valley Vase Nominations

Red hot Victoria Derby favourite It’s A Dundeel is the top-rated early entry in the Moonee Valley Vase 2012 nominations for the Cox Plate Day feature at Moonee Valley this Saturday, connections 90% sure the Murray Baker-trained colt will run.

It's A Dundeel

Victoria Derby favourite It's A Dundeel is nomianted for Saturday's Moonee Valley Vase

The son of High Chaparral is nearing odds-on territory at $2.15 in the bookmaker.com.au futures for the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington during next month’s Melbourne Cup Carnival with the star Kiwi raider undefeated over their five start career to date.

It is looking likely that It’s A Dundeel will look to extend their flawless record to six straight on Saturday in the $220,000 Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m), registered this year as the Mitchelton Wines Vase and formerly known as the AAMI Vase.

One of 15 Moonee Valley Vase nominations for 2012, It’s A Dundeel was last seen scoring their maiden Group 1 victory in the Spring Champion Stakes over 2000m at Randwick.

Should they accept for Saturday’s clash they would be racing in Melbourne for the first time, a handy thing as they head towards the Derby on November 3.

A decision on whether or not It’s A Dundeel runs in the Vase will be made after they work at Moonee Valley for Tuesday morning’s Breakfast With The Stars.

“He probably will run. He’s going to Breakfast with the Best on Tuesday and a decision will be made after that,” Murray’s son and fellow trainer Bjorn Baker said.

“At this stage there is a leaning towards running.

“That’s the same path Lion Tamer took. Hopefully it can work a second time.”

The ill-fated Lion Tamer was co-trained by the Bakers and ran second in the Vase behind Rekindled Interest before their huge six and a half length victory as a $12 shot in the Victoria Derby back in 2010.

While the majority of the other MV Vase nominees are also still in Victoria Derby contention, the only one under $30 in the Victoria Derby odds is the Mark Kavanagh-trained Super Cool.

Last seen running second over the Caulfield mile on Thousand Guineas Day the Fastent Rock gelding sees Moonee Valley for the first time but has previous stakes experience having run a close fourth to Pronto Pronto in the Listed Vintage Stakes (1410m) at the start of the month.

Kavanagh has also nominated for his Iffraaj colt If I Could who comes off a close fifth in the Listed Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) in Adelaide.

Other notable hopefuls include the consistent South Australian raider Viking Star who ran second in the Hill Smith Stakes, Danas Best who is also accepted for the Geelong Classic on Wednesday, fellow last start winner and Geelong Classic hope Correggio, and Michael Moroney’s Zabeel filly La Zuma coming off a 13th in the Thousand Guineas.

The 2012 Mitchelton Wines Vase final field will be released on Wednesday along with the other Cox Plate Day features.

Whether it is the Cox Plate or the upcoming Melbourne Cup you’re looking to bet on, head to bookmaker.com.au and take advantage of their $400 bonus welcome bet offer allowing you up to 4 x $100 bonus bets to use on races of your choice this season!

2012 Moonee Valley Vase Nominations

Moonee Valley Racecourse – 27/10/2012

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 BRADMAN David Hayes 64
2 BULLION EXPRESS Dean Binaisse 60
3 CORREGGIO (NZ) Peter G Moody 62
4 DANAS BEST Lee Freedman & Graeme Rogerson 65
5 GERONTIUS David Hayes 62
6 IF I COULD (NZ) Mark Kavanagh 64
7 IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ) Murray Baker
8 LA ZUMA Michael Moroney 62
9 MALABAR MAN Michael Kent 58
10 MCNULTY Michael Kent
11 MY DANCING DUEL (NZ) Michael Moroney
12 NISOS Paul Rocke
13 PRISONER OF WAR David Hayes
14 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh 67
15 VIKING STAR Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 74

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

In Her Time Targets 2018 The E...

In Her Time Targets 2018 The Everest After Brisbane Winter

It is shaping-up as a huge year for Benjamin Smith’s class mare In Her Time...

All Aged to The Everest 2018 f...

All Aged to The Everest 2018 for Trapeze Artist

The world’s richest race on turf, the 2018 The Everest, will be firmly on the...

Horse Racing Today

Victorian filly So Far Sokool ...

Gai’s 2 head the list of...

Gai’s 2 head the list of nominations for the 2018 Japan Racing Association Plate

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Ecuador and Arbeitsam head up the...

Single Gaze looking to the fut...

Single Gaze looking to the future as a brood mare, out of 2018 Sydney Cup

Group 1 winning mare Single Gaze will begin preparations for the upcoming...

Savvy Coup looking for another...

Savvy Coup looking for another Kiwi win in 2018 Australian Oaks

Savvy Coup will be trying to keep the Kiwi fillies strong winning record...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in 2018 Sydney Cup

Damien Oliver has found himself back on Melbourne Cup winner Almandin who is...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field