Nominations for the most highly anticipated race of the year were taken by Racing Victoria today with 148 stayers entered for the Melbourne Cup 2014, up from 135 last spring.
Run as Flemington Race 7 on the first Tuesday of November, this year’s $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) has again attracted a star-studded list of local and international stayers.
Included are 31 international hopes, four more than last year, with Racing Victoria’s international scout Leigh Jordon tipping between six and eight final acceptors from outside of Australia and New Zealand to make this year’s capacity 24-horse Melbourne Cup field.
The Offer has been heading the pre-post Melbourne Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au leading up to the nominations, trainer Gai Waterhouse shooting for back-to-back ‘Loving Trophies’.
She won her first last Melbourne Cup Carnival with Fiorente in a race dominated by the European-bred gallopers.
This spring Waterhouse returns with another livewire import, Montjeu gelding The Offer having won his past three starts on the trot during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Rounding out his last prep was a nice Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) victory when defeating Opinion by nearly four lengths over the two miles, a performance Waterhouse is hoping the six-year-old can repeat in the country’s premier two mile clash.
Waterhouse has a total of three in the mix with her other hopes being the imported duo of Bonfire and Greatwood.
With two of the past four Melbourne Cup winners having been international raiders thanks to the efforts of French stars Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011), the bookies are taking no risks with the non-southern hemisphere-trained entries again in 2014.
Second best in pre-nomination Melbourne Cup betting at Ladbrokes was Bande, an Irish-bred Japanese racehorse prepared by Mr Yoshito Yahagi.
The Authorized stallion entered Melbourne Cup calculations in early August with a nice 2600m win at home after which connections confirmed plans to travel down under for a shot at the ‘race that stops a nation’.
There were three Japanese-trained nominees for the 2014 Caulfield Cup this season with Bande joined by Admire Rakti and Admire Flight, the former also in the Melbourne Cup nominations and well fancied to win despite a last start 13th in the Tenno Sho over the two miles in May.
Both Bande and Admire Rakti entre quarantine next week ahead of their Melbourne Cup bid with Zac Purton and Christophe Lemaire to take the rides down under, the duo after a second Japanese-trained Melbourne Cup quinella after that of stablemates Delta Blues and Pop Rock back in 2006.
The other headline international Melbourne Cup entry is then the Marco Botti-trained Dandino.
An eight-year-old son of Dansili, the smart stayer may be getting on in years but he showed on August 16 he still had plenty of racing left with a nice second to The Pizza Man in the Listed USA St Leger Stakes (2700m).
Runner-up to Fawkner in the $2.65 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on the back of a win in that same American St Leger lead-up last spring, Dandino also ran an eye-catching Melbourne Cup fifth that skyrocketed him into contention for another shot this season.
Ahead of Dandino in the Melbourne Cup finishing order last year were winner Fiorente, dual runner-up Red Cadeaux who also ran a nose away second to Dunaden in 2011 and Mount Athos who has been ruled out of this year’s race due to injury.
Ed Dunlop’s honest stayer Red Cadeaux is again nominated for the Melbourne Cup and, if accepted, will be contesting the race for the fourth straight time.
Also in the mix for the internationals are two German gallopers in the Andreas Wohler-trained Protectionist who has won two of his three starts and Lucky Speed, as well as the Queen-owned Estimate prepared by Sir Michael Stoute – the mare having run second last time out behind Pale Mimosa in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup (3299m) at York.
Dermot Weld’s Lonsdale Cup winner Pale Mimosa is another headline nominee with Weld shooting for his third win following victories from Vintage Crop (1993) and Media Puzzle (2002).
If accepted Estimate would be The Queen’s first Melbourne Cup runner since Arabian Story back in 1997.
Overseas imports and raiders continue to dominate the Melbourne Cup markets and nominations including also David Payne’s French import Terrubi who is yet to race down under.
Saeed Bin Suroor and Godolphin’s international base are represented this year by the in-form Goodwood Cup winner Cavalryman who was 12th in the 2012 Melbourne Cup and Willing Foe – Bin Suroor chasing a maiden win after three close seconds in the Melbourne Cup over the years.
Last year’s Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner, who ran sixth in the Melbourne Cup, is another notable hope prepared by Robert Hickmott and owned by Lloyd Williams who won in 2012 with Green Moon – also among the familiar faces this year.
Our Voodoo Prince is then the best fancied of Chris Waller’s 2014 Melbourne Cup contingent, the four-time Sydney premiership winning trainer after his maiden win.
Along with The Offer the best fancied of the Aussie-trained Melbourne Cup nominees this year meanwhile is the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained La Amistad.
The Redoute’s Choice mare, a three-quarter sister of the only triple Melbourne Cup winner in history Makybe Diva, has won five of her 12 starts but is yet to race in better than Group 3 company with her latest effort being a third to Mr Chard first-up over the mile at Hawkesbury.
Notable omissions not nominated for include current Caulfield Cup favourite Rising Romance, Ahzeemah for Godolphin, Japan’s Fame Game, and Paul Bary’s nice French stayer Spiritjim.
Other notable Melbourne Cup entries include Sea Moon – the next best fancied of the Hickmott – Williams’ team, won last year’s Herbert Power Stakes before a 13th in the Cup – and Silent Achiever – another top New Zealand-trained mare, Roger James’ four-time Group 1 winner well fancied for the 2014 Cox Plate but focusing on the Melbourne Cup after a first-up Memsie Stakes fourth.
Following the 2014 Melbourne Cup nominations are then:
- Late Melbourne Cup Nominations: 09/09/14 @ 12:00PM
- Melbourne Cup Weights: 16/09/14 @ 12:00AM
- First Melbourne Cup Acceptances: 07/10/14 @ 12:00PM
- Second Melbourne Cup Acceptances: 27/10/14 @ 10:00AM
- Final Melbourne Cup Field: 01/11/14 @ 04:30PM
- Melbourne Cup Jockeys: 01/11/14 @ 07:00PM
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2014 Melbourne Cup Nominations
Flemington Race 7 – 04/11/2014
|1||ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN)||Tomoyuki Umeda||–|
|4||ALI VITAL (NZ)||Robbie Laing||87|
|5||ALMANDIN (GER)||Robert Hickmott||–|
|6||AMBIVALENT (IRE)||Roger Varian||–|
|7||AMRALAH (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||–|
|8||ANCIENT KING (IRE)||Peter G Moody||97|
|9||ANGEL GABRIAL (IRE)||Richard Fahey||–|
|10||ARALDO (GB)||Michael Moroney||99|
|11||ARCHEAN (USA)||David Vandyke||70|
|12||ASTRONOMOS (GB)||David Vandyke||–|
|13||AU REVOIR (IRE)||Andre Fabre||–|
|14||AVERAU||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||68|
|15||AY NO DIGAS (GER)||Kris Lees||–|
|17||BANDE (IRE)||Yoshito Yahagi||–|
|18||BIG MEMORY (FR)||Tony McEvoy||93|
|19||BIOGRAPHER (GB)||David Lanigan||–|
|20||BLACK TYCOON||Darren Weir||103|
|21||BONFIRE (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||–|
|22||BRAMBLES (NZ)||Peter G Moody||102|
|23||BRIGANTIN (USA)||Chris Waller||–|
|24||CAFE SOCIETY (FR)||David Simcock||–|
|25||CAILLEBOTTE (IRE)||Mick Price||71|
|27||CARAVAN ROLLS ON (GB)||Danny O’Brien||95|
|28||CAVALRYMAN (GB)||Saeed Bin Suroor||–|
|29||CELTIC PRINCE (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||–|
|30||COLONEL CARRERA (NZ)||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson||–|
|31||CONTRIBUTER (IRE)||John O’Shea||–|
|32||COSTUME (NZ)||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson||–|
|33||COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE)||Mick Price||95|
|34||DANDINO (GB)||Marco Botti||–|
|35||DEANE MARTIN (NZ)||Bruce Wallace||–|
|36||DENONINATOR||John Symons & Sheila Laxon||62|
|37||DESTINY’S KISS||Joseph Pride||–|
|38||DON DOREMO (NZ)||Robbie Laing||67|
|39||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||103|
|40||ESTIMATE (IRE)||Sir Michael Stoute||–|
|42||EVANGELIST (GB)||Tony McEvoy||76|
|44||FLEDGED (GB)||Tony McEvoy||–|
|45||FOUNDRY (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||101|
|47||GAMBLIN’ GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||–|
|48||GATEWOOD (GB)||John Gosden||–|
|49||GOLDONI (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||84|
|50||GREATWOOD (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||–|
|51||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||113|
|52||GRIS CARO (GB)||Jake Stephens||97|
|53||HARTANI (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||95|
|55||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller||–|
|56||HILLSTAR (GB)||Sir Michael Stoute||–|
|57||IBICENCO (GER)||Peter G Moody||104|
|58||IGGI POP (NZ)||John Sargent||–|
|59||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||–|
|60||KAPOUR (IRE)||Ciaron Maher||93|
|61||KHALID (GB)||Paul Perry||–|
|62||KINCAPLE (NZ)||Mark Webb||97|
|63||KINGDOMS (NZ)||Brian Smith||–|
|64||KINGFISHER (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||–|
|65||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||John Sargent||105|
|66||KOURKAM (FR)||Tony McEvoy||–|
|67||LA AMISTAD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|68||LE ROI (GER)||Tony McEvoy||99|
|69||LET’S MAKE ADEAL||Nigel Blackiston||99|
|70||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||103|
|71||LIGHT UP MANHATTAN||Ciaron Maher||–|
|72||LIKE A CAROUSEL||Ken Keys||75|
|73||LIVERY (IRE)||Robert Smerdon||77|
|74||LORD DURANTE||Simone Ferchie||93|
|75||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||102|
|76||LUCKY SPEED (IRE)||Peter Schiergen||–|
|77||MANALAPAN (IRE)||Patrick Prendergast||–|
|78||MANDURO’S SON (IRE)||Michael Moroney||–|
|79||MARKSMANSHIP (IRE)||Ciaron Maher||96|
|80||MARTIAN (IRE)||Tony McEvoy||–|
|81||MARTINVAST (IRE)||Archie Alexander||77|
|82||MASKED MARVEL (GB)||Robert Hickmott||102|
|83||MASSIYN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||97|
|84||MAURUS (GB)||David Vandyke||–|
|85||MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB)||Michael Moroney||82|
|86||MOBACO (FR)||Darren Weir||97|
|87||MOMENT IN TIME (IRE)||David Simcock||–|
|88||MORE THAN SACRED||Robert Smerdon||95|
|89||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||104|
|90||MULTILATERAL (USA)||Chris Waller||89|
|91||MUTUAL REGARD (IRE)||Johnny Murtagh||–|
|92||NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB)||Stuart Kittow||–|
|93||NUNTIUS (GER)||Andreas Wohler||–|
|94||OMINOUS (GB)||Nigel Blackiston||91|
|95||OPINION (IRE)||Chris Waller||–|
|96||ORIENTAL LADY (GER)||Kris Lees||–|
|97||OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB)||Chris Waller||102|
|98||PAKAL (GER)||Mick Price||105|
|99||PALE MIMOSA (IRE)||Dermot K Weld||–|
|100||PINSTRIPE LANE (NZ)||Leon & Troy Corstens||90|
|101||PLUTOCRACY (IRE)||David Lanigan||–|
|102||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings||107|
|103||PRETTY BLONDE||Kym Healy||–|
|104||PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ)||Darren Weir||95|
|105||PROTECTIONIST (GER)||Andreas Wohler||–|
|106||PUCCINI (NZ)||Peter & Jacob McKay||105|
|107||PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE)||Darren Weir||111|
|108||QUAYSIDE||Peter G Moody||71|
|109||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||–|
|110||RENEW (IRE)||Marco Botti||–|
|112||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||112|
|113||ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE)||Johnny Murtagh||–|
|114||SANGSTER (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||105|
|115||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||110|
|116||SEISMOS (IRE)||Marco Botti||–|
|117||SENNOCKIAN STAR (GB)||Mark Johnston||–|
|118||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington||105|
|119||SHIKARPOUR (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||88|
|121||SIDE GLANCE (GB)||Andrew Balding||111|
|122||SIGNOFF (IRE)||Darren Weir||91|
|123||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||116|
|124||SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE)||Peter G Moody||90|
|125||SIRIUS (GER)||Andreas Lowe||–|
|126||SLOW PACE (USA)||Kris Lees||103|
|127||SPILLWAY (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||103|
|128||ST JEAN (IRE)||Aaron Purcell||88|
|129||STIPULATE (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||104|
|130||SUPREMACY (NZ)||Andrew Benyan||75|
|131||TERRUBI (IRE)||David Payne||–|
|132||THE OFFER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||110|
|133||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||93|
|134||THOUGHT WORTHY (USA)||Robert Hickmott||98|
|135||THUNDERBIRD ONE (NZ)||Francis Finnegan||91|
|136||TRADE COMMISSIONER (IRE)||Chris Waller||95|
|137||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||94|
|138||TUPAC AMARU||John O’Shea||–|
|139||UNCHAIN MY HEART||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||99|
|140||VAN PERCY (GB)||Andrew Balding||–|
|141||VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE)||Michael Moroney||108|
|142||WALTZING TO WIN||David Huxtable||–|
|143||WEARY (FR)||Chris Waller||–|
|144||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||102|
|145||WILLING FOE (USA)||Saeed Bin Suroor||–|
|146||WISH COME TRUE (IRE)||Peter G Moody||–|
|148||ZEVADA (NZ)||Tony Noonan||88|