2014 Cranbourne Cup Nominations Attracts 27-Strong Field

Nominations for the 2014 Cranbourne Cup were taken on Monday, with 27 potential stayers declaring for the race.

Sydney Cup third Sertorius headlines the nominations for the Cranbourne Cup.

Sydney Cup third Sertorius headlines the nominations for the Cranbourne Cup. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Listed Cranbourne Cup (2025m) is the featured race at Cranbourne Racecourse this Sunday, with runners vying to improve their standings in either of the big Group One spring racing carnival races: Caulfield Cup (2040m) or Melbourne Cup (3200m).

The 27 nominations will need to be culled for the field limit of 16 + 4 emergency runners, but with a number of the entries dually accepting for the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield Racecourse the day before, this will not be a problem once the barrier draws are announced.

Headlining the Cranbourne Cup nominations is the Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington-trained Sertorius.

The seven-year-old gelding finished third in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) back in April but was less-than impressive in his two spring starts, finishing midfield in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

An increase in distance is likely to help the gelding, who just missed out on placings earlier in the year in two 2000+ races.

Another headline nominee is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Stipulate from England. A win in August’s Listed Heatherlie Handicap (1700m) put the gelding on track for a successful spring, but he could only follow it up with midfield finishes in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

The trainer duo have also entered Extra Zero for the Cup, who finished third in his last two starts including the Listed Tontonan Stakes (1400m).

Michael Kent’s Epingle and Ciaron Maher’s Mr O’Ceirin are two of the nominations dually entered in the Herbert Power, and their barrier draws in each race will likely determine which race they declare for.

Darren Weir’s Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) runner-up Black Tycoon and Peter Gelagotis’s Mourinho are also nominated for the Cranbourne Cup 2014.

Mourinho has had a great run in his 2014 spring racing campaign, which began with a Moonee Valley Handicap win in August. The gelding followed it up with a runner-up finish in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) and a third placing his last time out in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m).

See the full list of 2014 Cranbourne Cup nominations below, choose your favourite and wait for the Ladbrokes.com.au betting market to open shorty.

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2014 Cranbourne Cup Nominations

Cranbourne Race 10 – 12/10/2014

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ALI VITAL (NZ) Robbie Laing 87
2 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Darren Weir 98
4 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy 95
5 BLACK TYCOON Darren Weir 102
6 COMMANDING TIME Brendan McCarthy 97
7 COUNT ENCOSTA Darren Weir 84
9 EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent 103
10 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 91
11 FIRST COURSE Ken Keys 80
12 LACEY’S REVENGE Tara Cochrane 58
13 LE ROI (GER) Tony McEvoy 99
14 MASSIYN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 95
15 MORANT Damien Williams 84
16 MORE THAN SACRED Robert Smerdon 95
17 MOURINHO Peter Gelagotis 103
18 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 104
19 OMINOUS (GB) Nigel Blackiston 90
20 PRETTY BLONDE Kym Healy 80
21 PYRROLIC Michael Kent 84
22 QUAYSIDE Peter G Moody 94
23 ROWLAND Robbie Laing 76
24 SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington 105
25 STIPULATE (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 104
26 TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ) Robbie Laing 82
27 YOU THINK SO (NZ) Michael Kent 93


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