On Thursday the Hawkesbury Gold Cup 2013will kick off the spring campaigns of a number of nice staying types, nominations for the handicap clash now out.
A total of 21 horses make up the early entries for this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) including the reigning champ Darci Be Good.
Bede Murray’s Darci Brahma gelding won the race 12 months ago but has failed to post another turf triumph since having been plagued by setbacks including a horror canon-bone issue.
They returned to racing on the back of a five and a half month break at Rosehill on August 3 running eighth to Coup Ay Tee in the Listed Winter Challenge (1500m), an effort they will be out to improve on should they accept for Thursday.
“He won this race last year and should have won the Villiers,” Murray told the Bay Post speaking of their luckless third in the Group 2 mile race at Warwick Farm back in December.
“He had always been a good horse but I thought he was going to do something special this year. He was just strong and fully mature.
“He came back into work for the autumn and showed signs of being sore behind.
“[The vets] have spent some time trying to get it right and finally tried this experimental treatment, which has worked.
“He is a different horse since, so we aimed him at this race.
“We have told the stewards all about [the treatment], like you have to these days, and they have been over him and were happy for him to race.”
A number of Hawkesbury Gold Cup hopefuls actually come via the Winter Challenge this year including the successful Chris Waller-trained quinella of Coup Ay Tee (1st) and promising French import Bayrir (2nd).
Danske six-year-old Coup Ay Tee backed up from their black type victory back at Rosehill last Saturday but could only manage to finish four lengths away fifth to Honorius in the 1400m handicap and could be a non-acceptor for Thursday.
Bayrir meanwhile will look to continue their campaign to earn a shot at either the Cox Plate or Caulfield Cup after their good Australian debut in the Winter Challenge.
Gai Waterhouse has also nominated for her Winter Challenge third placegetter Kinnersley along with her Cups-bound Julienas who hasn’t raced since their dead last in April’s Sydney Cup.
Other notable nominees then include Gwenda Markwell’s last start Randwick winner Bay Window, the Peter Snowden-trained Grafton Cup runner-up Yulalona, Grant Allard’s Tattersall’s Mile champ Loaded after their fourth on the trot, and Mic Mac.
Veteran Statue Of Liberty eight-year-old Mic Mac has been racing in career best form this prep coming off a Civic Stakes win from July followed by two black type seconds.
They were last seen crossing a five and a half lengths away runner-up behind the sizzling Rain Affair in the Group 3 Missile Stakes (1200m) – their Hawkesbury Cup start dependent on their allocated weight.
Check out the full Hawkesbury Gold Cup 2013 nominations below and stay tuned for the final field release shortly.
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2013 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Nominations
Hawkesbury Racecourse – 22/08/2013
|1||BAY WINDOW||Gwenda Markwell||88|
|2||BAYRIR (FR)||Chris Waller||105|
|3||BUGABOO (ARG)||Grahame Begg||77|
|5||COUP AY TEE (NZ)||Chris Waller||97|
|6||DARCI BE GOOD (NZ)||Bede Murray||95|
|7||GENERAL’S SNIPER||Tracey Bartley||76|
|9||JULIENAS (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||106|
|12||MIC MAC||Paul Messara||106|
|13||PRETTY PINS (NZ)||John P Thompson||89|
|14||PRINCE OF CAPERS||Tony McEvoy||92|
|15||PUNCH YOUR WEIGHT (IRE)||Martin Mcinerney||78|
|16||RED EXCITEMENT||Gerald Ryan||78|
|17||SAMUI LAD||Kylie Gavenlock||81|
|18||SAN ZAIM||Tracey Bartley||78|
|19||WAZN (IRE)||Chris Waller||94|
|20||WORLD WIDE||Bede Murray||89|