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.
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
|1||ALL TOO HARD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||114|
|2||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||David Hayes||67|
|4||BLUE RIBBON||Colin Little||78|
|5||BORN TO EXCEL||Daniel Morton||78|
|7||CALLANISH (NZ)||Mick Price||100|
|8||DANY THE FOX (NZ)||Mick Price||75|
|9||DARE TO DREAM (IRE)||Bart Cummings||95|
|11||ECLAIR SURPRISE||Phillip Stokes||99|
|12||EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||101|
|14||FLASHY FELLA (NZ)||Michael Moroney||82|
|15||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||105|
|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|
|24||JET AWAY (GB)||David Hayes||95|
|25||KEEP COOL (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||86|
|26||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||106|
|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|
|36||PRAIRIE STAR (FR)||Danny O’Brien||104|
|38||REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||100|
|39||SAVANAH RUSH (NZ)||Lauren Brennan||82|
|41||SNEAK A PEEK (ITY)||Peter G Moody||104|
|43||SUPER COOL||Mark Kavanagh||100|
|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|