Nominations for the 2014 Cranbourne Cup were taken on Monday, with 27 potential stayers declaring for the race.
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
|1||ALI VITAL (NZ)||Robbie Laing||87|
|2||AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE)||Darren Weir||98|
|3||BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE)||Chris Waller||–|
|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|
|8||COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE)||Mick Price||93|
|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|
|16||MORE THAN SACRED||Robert Smerdon||95|
|18||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||104|
|19||OMINOUS (GB)||Nigel Blackiston||90|
|20||PRETTY BLONDE||Kym Healy||80|
|22||QUAYSIDE||Peter G Moody||94|
|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|