The two pre-post favourites in Victoria Derby 2014 betting are missing from the list of official nominations taken by Racing Victoria for the three-year-olds’ classic today.
Running as the feature race at Flemington Racecourse on the opening day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival on Saturday November 1, this year’s $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) attracted 84 nominees, four less than last year.
The two big name omissions, and the two who were battling for favouritism in the early Victoria Derby odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, are Tony Gollan’s Looks Like The Cat and Zebulon.
Last seen running a good second behind Rich Enuff in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 13, Husson gelding Looks Like The Cat is still in the mix for the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) however as one of 55 first acceptors taken for the October 11 feature.
Zebulon meanwhile was third last time out in a black type over 1400m at Flemington and is also still in the mix for the Caulfield Guineas as well as the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 25.
Other notable Victoria Derby non-entries who were well liked in the pre-nomination markets include 2014 Caulfield Guineas favourite Chivalry for Mark Kavanagh, 2014 Darley Classic nominated Ghibellines and the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Proactive.
The sure to be favourite in Victoria Derby futures betting meanwhile is now Sweynesse.
John O’Shea’s undefeated Lonhro colt has won all three of his career starts to date most recently at Newcastle on September 17 in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m).
He races again this Saturday in Sydney in a Caulfield Guineas, Cox Plate, Victoria Derby preparatory run in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Also in the mix for O’Shea are four other youngsters including Group 1 Champagne Stakes third placed Kumaon looking to atone for a Golden Rose 10th last time out.
The other top fancies in the mix include Michael Moroney’s dual stakes winning O’Reilly gelding Merion, the Gerald Ryan-trained Group 3 winner Bachman who failed when 12th in the Golden Rose and New Zealand-trained Atmosphere whose only two career starts have been at Sale in Victoria.
Other notable Victoria Derby nominations include Robert Hickmott’s nicely-bred Zabeel colt Divan, Robert Smerdon‘s Bernign Desire, Champagne Stakes runner-up to Go Indy Go from April Zululand, Leon & Troy Corstens’ Awesome Rock and Triple Gold for Peter Moody.
See below for the complete AAMI Victoria Derby 2014 nominations to be cut at first acceptance stage on Tuesday October 21.
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2014 Victoria Derby Nominations
Flemington Racecourse – 01/11/2014
|1||ARMADA||Peter G Moody|
|2||ATMOSPHERE (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|3||AWARD OF MERIT||Tony McEvoy|
|4||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|6||BERNING DESIRE||Robert Smerdon|
|10||CADUCEUS (NZ)||Paul & Kris Shailer|
|12||CORAM||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|13||CUBAN FIGHTER||Robbie Laing|
|14||DIVAN (NZ)||Robert Hickmott|
|15||DOWNTOWN CHICAGO (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|16||DRUM ROLL||David Vandyke|
|17||DUCK DYNASTY (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|18||EASTERN CAPE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|19||ESPRIT DE SOL||Mark Riley|
|20||FIREHOUSE ROCK||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|21||FRANK HEAVENS||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas|
|22||GO ZEUS||Chris Hyland|
|24||HAMPTON COURT||Gai Waterhouse|
|26||HIGH ’N’ HANDSOME (NZ)||Jason Warren|
|27||HOME RUN HERO||Matt Laurie|
|28||IT’S THYME (NZ)||Chris Hyland|
|29||JIM’S JOURNEY||Peter F Blanch|
|30||JUSTAWAY (NZ)||Steve Richards|
|32||KIWI DREAMER (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|33||KODINHI (NZ)||Anthony Freedman|
|36||LIGHT UP MANHATTAN||Ciaron Maher|
|37||LONDON FOG||Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington|
|38||LORD BECKWORTH||Paul Perry|
|39||LOTION||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|41||MAN CAVE||Gary Portelli|
|42||MANHATTAN AVENUE||Mick Price|
|43||MASTER RESET||Matt Laurie|
|44||MERION (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|45||MIHANY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|46||MIRACLE THE SECOND||Daniel Clarken|
|49||MUNJIZ||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|50||NIMBOSTRATUS (NZ)||Symon Wilde|
|52||OUR SHANAKEE||David Noonan|
|53||PANZER DIVISION||Paul Messara|
|54||PELIRROJO||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|56||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|58||PURPLE PRIDE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|59||RANDAROCK||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|60||ROAD TO SHANGRI LA (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|61||ROYAL STANDING||Brent Stanley|
|62||SAN PADRE||Michael Kent|
|63||SCRATCH ME LUCKY||Paul Perry|
|64||SILVER EAGLE||Peter G Moody|
|65||SIMPLY EXPLOSIVE (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|66||STITCH ME UP||Shane Nichols|
|67||STRADA DELLA MODA||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|68||STRATUM STAR||Darren Weir|
|69||SUBMARINE||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas|
|71||TASHBEEH||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|72||THE BRIGHTONIAN||Matt Laurie|
|73||THE MIGHTY JROD (NZ)||Robbie Laing|
|74||THE SPITFIRE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|76||TRIPLE GOLD||Peter G Moody|
|77||TURBO STREET||Tony McEvoy|
|79||VERREAUX (NZ)||Mark Kavanagh|
|80||VOLLEY OF FIRE||Anthony Cummings|
|81||WAR POINT||Mick Price|
|82||ZIMBABWE (NZ)||Mark Kavanagh|
|83||ZULULAND||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|