Exciting Australian Derby / possible Doncaster Mile hopeful El Roca will continue their lead-up to the Group 1 this Saturday running in Sydney’s Liverpool City Cup 2014 at Warwick Farm.
The Trent Busuttin-trained Kiwi raider is one of 17 hopes nominated for this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) and is looking to earn a shot at some of the upcoming Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival Group 1’s.
One option could be a run against their own age with the $1.5 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick on April 12 firmly on the agenda.
A winner of three of their five starts to date, El Roca is currently rated a $16 chance in the futures Australian Derby odds at Ladbrokes.com.au which are led by star New Zealand Derby winner Puccini ($6.50).
It’s a price that will firm if they step up and win on the weekend making it two from two this prep after their two length win first-up in the Listed Eskimo Prince Stakes at Rosehill three weeks back.
El Roca meanwhile has also been nominated for a shot at the 2014 Doncaster Mile held on the same day as the Derby and is the current $11 second pick the in the pre-field markets for the handicap behind Appearance.
There are a number of other last start winners among the Liverpool City Cup nominations this year including the resuming Hawkes-trained Ninth Legion, Joe Pride’s always honest Captain Rio gelding Terravista and Messene who has won their five most recent runs.
Fastnet Rock four-year-old Ninth Legion will be looking to pick up where they left off back in December having won the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1550m) at Randwick to finish off their campaign.
Terravista meanwhile has already had a run for the season resuming off a 12 week let-up with a Group 3 victory in the $150,000 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) on February 22.
They now boast a smart record of five wins from seven starts and are eyeing a shot at the lucrative $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 12.
The top-rated chances in the handicap ratings meanwhile are the Peter Snowden-trained veteran sprinter Pinwheel coming off a nice third behind Moody champion Moment Of Change in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield and Joe Pride’s Rain Affair looking to improve on their first-up failure when dead last behind Appearance in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m).
The Commands six-year-old however showed that the Expressway might have been just resuming nerves as they went on to impress with a blistering 11 length barrier trial win at Warwick Farm on February 28.
Also in the mix are the likes of the now Jim Litt-trained Howmuchdoyouloveme, Gai Waterhouse’s Group 3 winner Spurtonic who hasn’t run since a close ninth in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) during the spring, White Sage coming off a resuming third in the Group 2 Breeders Classic from February 15 and Litt’s other hopeful My Destiny who was less than a length away third in the Southern Cross Stakes two weeks back.
See below for the full Liverpool City Cup 2014 nominations with Races.com.au to publish the official final field and barrier draw tomorrow.
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2014 Liverpool City Cup Nominations
Warwick Farm – 08/03/2014
|2||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||1=||59kg||108|
|4||RIVA DE LAGO||Chris Waller||4||57kg||104|
|7||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||7=||55kg||100|
|10||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||10||54kg||98|
|11||DANCES ON STARS (NZ)||Gerald Ryan||11=||54kg||97|
|12||EL ROCA||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||15||54kg||92|
|13||LESS IS MORE (FR)||David Vandyke||11=||54kg||97|
|14||MESSENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||11=||54kg||97|
|15||MY DESTINY||Jim Litt||14||54kg||94|
|17||WHITE SAGE||John O’Shea||7=||54kg||100|