2014 Herbert Power Stakes Nominations Released

Nominations for the 2014 Herbert Power Stakes were taken Monday morning, featuring a strong field of 21 potential stayers.

Sea Moon (outside) will contest his title in the Herbert Power Stakes for another year.

Sea Moon (outside) will contest his title in the Herbert Power Stakes for another year. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) is the supporting stayers’ race on Guineas Day at Caulfield Racecourse Saturday October 11, with many of the entries competing for a place in the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) the following week.

The 21-strong nomination field is dominated by international talent, with just four home-grown horses featured.

Headlining the nominations is the Andreas Wohler-trained Protectionist from Germany.

The five-year-old bay horse has yet to not place in any of his eight career starts, which includes four wins, three seconds, and one third placing.

This will be Protectionist’s first run on Australian soil, which could hinder the horse. But back-to-back Group Two wins in Germany puts him in great form ahead of his debut.

Robert Hickmott’s Sea Moon is another leading entry, heading back to defend his Herbert Power title after taking out the race last year.

However the seven-year-old hasn’t had the best form of late. The horse was rested from competitive racing for seven months following a dead-last Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) finish back in March.

He returned to the field in last weekend’s Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2520m) but could only manage a midfield fifth placing.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse has two nominations for the Herbert Power – Bonfire and Cafe Society. Bonfire will likely be missing from the field come Wednesday’s final acceptances, as the gelding is dually-nominated for the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) the same day.

Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) second his last time out, Sangster is featured in the race for Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young.

Let’s Make ADeal leads the four Australian nominated horses, after missing out on Caulfield Cup guaranteed placing from last weekend’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

The mare, who was a second-emergency for the race, stepped up to the field last-minute following scratchings but failed to make an impression, finishing bottom of the field.

This will be Nigel Blackiston’s last chance to earn a potential spot in the $3 million race.

Other leading nominees include Ciaron Maher’s gelding Mr O’Ceirin and Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) fourth Epingle.

Check out the full list of 2014 Herbert Power Stakes nominations below, then come back tomorrow for the final field and barrier draw announcement.

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2014 Herbert Power Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Race 9 – 11/10/2014

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ALBONETTI Sue Jaensch 85
2 ANCIENT KING (IRE) Peter G Moody 95
3 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy 95
4 BONFIRE (GB) Gai Waterhouse 101
5 CAFE SOCIETY (FR) Gai Waterhouse 100
6 CARAVAN ROLLS ON (GB) Danny O’Brien 94
7 DARK THUNDER (NZ) Robbie Laing 63
8 EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent 103
9 LET’S MAKE ADEAL Nigel Blackiston 99
10 MANDURO’S SON (IRE) Michael Moroney 87
11 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott 96
12 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 104
13 OMINOUS (GB) Nigel Blackiston 90
14 PROTECTIONIST (GER) Andreas Wohler 110
15 RENEW (IRE) Marco Botti 89
16 SANGSTER (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 105
17 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott 108
18 SIGNOFF (IRE) Darren Weir 92
19 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 98
20 VAN PERCY (GB) Andrew Balding 101
21 WALTZING TO WIN David Huxtable 73


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