Melbourne Cup Winner Heads Australian Cup 2013 Nominations

The Lloyd Williams-owned reigning Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon heads the list of 48 nominations taken today for the 2013 Australian Cup, one of the majors of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

Green Moon

Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon heads the 2013 Australian Cup nominations for March

Set to light up Flemington Racecourse on Saturday March 9, 2013, the $1 million Group 1 Darley Australian Cup (2000m) is shaping up as another intriguing edition with gallopers from around the nation among the early entries.

Montjeu stallion Green Moon, prepared by Robert Hickmott, is the standout nominee having won the world’s richest handicap with a Melbourne Cup triumph at their most recent run back in November.

If successful in the March classic they will become the first male horse in history to take out the Melbourne Cup – Australian Cup double in the same season since the Australian Cup became a weight-for-age event in 1987.

Two mares have been successful where the boys have failed with Let’s Elope (1992) and the might Makybe Diva (2005).

Hickmott has also nominated for 2011 Mackinnon Stakes runner-up Mourayan and his last start Zipping Classic champ Tanby for this year’s Australian Cup.

Another big name entry for this year’s race is the defending Australian Cup winner Manighar who won the race third-up last autumn during a stunning three Group 1 winning streak for their new trainer Peter Moody that also included the Ranvet Stakes and The BMW at Rosehill.

Moody is also represented in the Australian Cup nominations by the former Luca Cumani-trained European import My Quest For Peace who ran 10th in the Melbourne Cup, and fellow import Sneak A Peek who is yet to finish in the money down under after four runs during the spring most recently finishing 4.5 lengths away eighth to Dunaden in the Caulfield Cup.

Many of Sydney’s best trainers are also preparing a raid on the Australian Cup this autumn including Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller who both have two entries.

Waterhouse has nominated for Refuse To bend five-year-old Glencadam Gold who won the The Metropolitan in Sydney back in October by an impressive four lengths and who was only four lengths off Green Moon when sixth in the Melbourne Cup, and recent Gosford Cup runner-up Reuben Percival who was third in the Metropolitan last spring.

Waller meanwhile could be represented by Dansili six-year-old Foreteller and the classy Kelinni, fourth in the Melbourne Cup on the back of a stellar spring that also included a win in the Lexus Stakes, come Australia Cup Day.

Other more noteworthy Australian Cup 2013 entries include:

  • All Too Hard (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes) – Boom half-brother of Black Caviar won the Caulfield Guineas in October before their brave second in the Cox Plate last time out; looking to become the first three-year-old to wint he race since Saintly (1996)
  • Fiveandahalfstar (Anthony Cummings) – Hotel Grand three-year-old enjoyed a three straight winning streak last campaign that culminated with an upset win in the Victoria Derby as a $40 outsider
  • Glass Harmonium (Michael Moroney) – Evergreen seven-year-old last seen crossing a close second behind the now retired Alcopop in the Mackinnon Stakes
  • Callanish (Mick Price) – Flying Fastnet Rock four-year-old yet to taste defeat having won all eight of their career starts to date on all types of ground from a Heavy (10) at Sandown to a Good (3) at Seymour in the Listed Seymour Cup over the mile, biggest win was when stepped up to 1700m at Caulfield by four lengths in a Handicap last September
  • Eclair Surprise (Phillip Stokes) – Consistent Blackfriars five-year-old took out the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown last time out

Late entries are open until this Friday before the Australian Cup first declarations close on February 19.

The 2013 Australian Cup final field and barrier draw is then due for release on March 6.

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2013 Australian Cup Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 09/03/2013

# Horse Trianer Hcp. Rating
1 ALL TOO HARD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 114
2 BASS STRAIT (NZ) David Hayes 67
3 BIANMICK Michael Brady 100
4 BLUE RIBBON Colin Little 78
5 BORN TO EXCEL Daniel Morton 78
6 BUDRIGUEZ David Jolly 97
7 CALLANISH (NZ) Mick Price 100
8 DANY THE FOX (NZ) Mick Price 75
9 DARE TO DREAM (IRE) Bart Cummings 95
10 DURNFORD Pat Carey 62
11 ECLAIR SURPRISE Phillip Stokes 99
12 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 101
13 FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Anthony Cummings 108
14 FLASHY FELLA (NZ) Michael Moroney 82
15 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 105
16 FORTUNEFIVEHUNDRED Anthony Cummings 68
17 GAIL Robbie Griffiths 88
18 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney 110
19 GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 108
20 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 116
21 HIGH SHOT (NZ) Michael Kent 64
22 HVASSTAN Peter Gelagotis 86
23 INVEST Heath Conners 100
24 JET AWAY (GB) David Hayes 95
25 KEEP COOL (NZ) Danny O’Brien 86
26 KELINNI (IRE) Chris Waller 106
27 KUTCHINSKY Danny O’Brien 86
28 MAWINGO (GER) Anthony Freedman 108
29 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 108
30 MR MOET Adam Durrant 107
31 MUTUAL TRUST (GB) Sam Pritchard-Gordon 100
32 MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) Peter G Moody 107
33 NASHVILLE (NZ) Adrian Bull 77
34 NICONOISE David Hayes 80
35 PHILIPPI Michael Kent 84
36 PRAIRIE STAR (FR) Danny O’Brien 104
37 RAWNAQ David Hayes 82
38 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 100
39 SAVANAH RUSH (NZ) Lauren Brennan 82
40 SHEZAHOTSHOT Kim Craft 82
41 SNEAK A PEEK (ITY) Peter G Moody 104
42 SPECKIE David Hayes 68
43 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh 100
44 TANBY Robert Hickmott 106
45 VAL CHAMP (ARG) Mark Kavanagh 95
46 WALL STREET (NZ) Michael Moroney 107
47 WHY NOT (GER) David Hayes 87
48 ZABISCO (NZ) Michael Moroney 92