Hickmott’s Strong Hand in 2013 Drake International Cup Nominations

Owner Lloyd Williams and his head trainer Robert Hickmott have a strong presence in the Drake International Cup 2013 nominations at Moonee Valley for Saturday, the race a possible lead-up for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) in November.


Mourayan could end up being the only one of the five Robert Hickmott-trained nominees to run in the 2013 Drake International Cup field on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

There were a total of 25 nominations taken for this year’s $250,000 Group 2 Drake International Cup (2500m), also known as the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, five of which come from the Team Williams’ contingent.

Their top-rated runner is Sea Moon, winner of the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield on October 12.

The in-form import caught the eye in that run, which came just seven days after they were first past the post but regulated to second upon protest in the Listed The Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington.

It also saw them elevated to a $16 chance in the futures markets for the Melbourne Cup 2013 on November 5.

The other last start Hickmott-trained runner nominated for the Drake International this year is then Seville coming off a win in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) in Sydney.

The other Williams-owned gallopers who are a chance at running are then Mourayn, Masked Marvel and Tanby who is an unlikely acceptor as they run in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) this Wednesday.

Of all the stablemates the only two likely to run in the Drake International Cup field are Mourayan and Masked Marvel if the latter isn’t accepted for the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).

Other Geelong Cup runners who have been thrown into the Drake International Cup nominations as a precaution include Peter Moody’s Melbourne Cup hope Ibicenco, the Pat Carey-trained Brigantin and Nicky Henderson’s last-start Glorious Stakes (GB) winner and international raider Forgotten Voice.

Also worth for Saturday’s race are the likes of Gotta Take Care who ran third in the Bart Cummings at the start of the month, last start Cranbourne Cup third placegetter Mourinho who won the JRA Cup at Moonee Valley the run before, Herbert Power runner-up Oasis Bloom and one-time Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune who is still the $11 equal third favourite for the ‘race that stops a nation’.

See below for the full Drake International Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2013 nominations, the final field due for release on Wednesday.

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2013 Drake International Cup Nominations

Moonee Valley Racecourse – 26/10/2013

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 BRIGANTIN (USA) Pat Carey 101
2 FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE) Nicky Henderson 105
3 GOLDONI (IRE) David Hayes 87
4 GOTTA TAKE CARE Darren Weir 96
5 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody 102
6 LET’S MAKE ADEAL Nigel Blackiston 95
7 MARTELLETTO Troy Portelli 61
8 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott 109
9 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 110
10 MOURINHO Peter Gelagotis 100
11 MUJADALE Paul A Jones 81
12 OASIS BLOOM Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 103
13 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 93
14 POLISH KNIGHT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 95
15 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart & James Cummings 102
16 PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE) Darren Weir 111
17 RAEBURN Brian Smith 86
18 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott 115
19 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott 110
20 SHOREHAM Saab Hasan 98
21 SNEAK A PEEK (ITY) Peter G Moody 105
22 TANBY Robert Hickmott 105
23 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 96
24 USE THE LOT Sharna Valli 70
25 WHY NOT (GER) David Hayes 84