Peter Moody’s Geelong Cup winner Ibicenco may have been outclassed in the ‘race that stops a nation’ but they are back on Zipping Classic Day this Saturday for a shot at the Sandown Cup 2013.
Held this year at Caulfield Racecourse while Sandown undergoes an upgrade, this year’s $150,000 Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) is one of the few remaining Cup races still held over the traditional two miles.
Twelve months ago when still prepared by Luca Cumani Shirocco stallion Ibicenco atoned for missing out on a start in the famous $6 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington with their Sandown Cup victory.
This year the now five-year-old made the Melbourne Cup field but could only manage to finish 16th beaten 12 lengths by the Gai Waterhouse-trained winner Fiorente.
Now they shoot for back-to-back Sandown Cup wins as one of the 17 nominations taken for the classic.
Last year they carried 57kg to victory but in order to win successive editions Ibicenco will have to cart the hefty 60kg topweight.
Following them in the Sandown Cup weights for the early entries is then the Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington-trained Sertorius with 58.5kg.
The Galileo six-year-old has been making a mark in the Victorian Cup races over the spring including their victory in the Listed Bendigo Cup (2400m) on October 30.
Just 10 days later the gelding backed up at Flemington on the weekend and came within a nose of Precedence when the narrow runner-up in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m).
Sertorius however will not be accepted for the Sandown Cup field with connections opting instead to run them over the 2400m in the $350,000 Group 2 Zipping Classic.
Ibicenco is another dual nominee with the Zipping Classic 2013 also a possibility for the dour stayer.
However with last weekend’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Precedence likely to back-up in the day’s feature, connections of some of the other runners are a little nervous including those of Sertorius.
“Precedence is the horse to beat,” co-trainer Edwards told the Herald Sun.
“He beat us by a short-head in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
“But our bloke has pulled up super. I knew he had improved from the Bendigo Cup win to Saturday and he has not taken a step backwards since.
“Besides, I see that James Cummings has said that the reason for the excellent form of Precedence is because they have kept him fresh and spaced his races. Now he will need to race twice in a week.
“We gave our bloke a light autumn so he could have a solid spring. This will be his sixth run and he will be at his peak for this.”
There are then three last start winners nominated for the Sandown Cup this year, including the Paul Jones-trained Mujadale who won over 2800m at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.
Runner-up in that same handicap clash, Like A Carousel, is another Sandown Cup nominee, the Cranbourne-based four-year-old having finished second in all four of their runs this preparation.
Other notable Sandown Cup 2013 entries include the Ciaron Maher-trained Moudre who was seventh in last Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth, Pat Carey’s last start Moonee Valley winner Altonio and Crafty Cruiser who will be ridden by Ben Melham.
See below for the full Sandown Cup nominations with the final field and barriers due out on Wednesday.
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2013 Sandown Cup Nominations
Caulfield Racecourse – 16/11/2013
|1||IBICENCO (GER)||Peter G Moody||1||60kg||106|
|2||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington||2||58.5kg||103|
|4||ALTONIO (NZ)||Pat Carey||10||54kg||80|
|5||BRAYROAN (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||12||54kg||72|
|6||CARAVAN ROLLS ON (GB)||Peter Chapple-Hyam||5||54kg||90|
|7||CRAFTY CRUISER||Bryce Stanaway||4||54kg||91|
|10||FETES ALFRESCO||Ricardo Meunier||16||54kg||54|
|11||LIKE A CAROUSEL||Ken Keys||13||54kg||70|
|12||MUJADALE||Paul A Jones||6||54kg||89|
|13||PACKING EMPIRE (NZ)||David Hayes||15||54kg||64|
|14||PLANET PURPLE||Kerry Parker||8||54kg||86|
|16||STAR OF TRALEE (NZ)||David Hayes||14||54kg||68|
|17||THUBIAAN (USA)||Chris Waller||7||54kg||86|