148 Melbourne Cup 2014 Nominations Released

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.

The Offer

The Offer is one of three Gai Waterhouse-trained 2014 Melbourne Cup nominations. Photo: Steve Hart.

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

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN) Tomoyuki Umeda
2 AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher 98
3 ALBONETTI Sue Jaensch 76
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
16 BAGMAN Chris Waller 105
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
26 CANTONESE Neil Dyer
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
41 ETHIOPIA Rebecca Nairn
42 EVANGELIST (GB) Tony McEvoy 76
43 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott 112
44 FLEDGED (GB) Tony McEvoy
45 FOUNDRY (IRE) Robert Hickmott 101
46 GALLATIN John O’Shea
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
54 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 108
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
111 RIALYA Lloyd Kennewell
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
120 SHOREHAM Saab Hasan 100
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
147 ZANBAGH Patrick Payne 100
148 ZEVADA (NZ) Tony Noonan 88

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