2014 Geelong Cup Nominations Feature Caulfield Cup Horses

A handful of horses accepted to face off in Saturday’s Caulfield Cup field have also now been nominated to possibly back-up in next Wednesday’s Geelong Cup 2014.

Lidari

Lidari is one of five Caulfield Cup horses nominated for next week’s 2014 Geelong Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Racing Victoria today took 30 nominations for the $300,000 Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) running at Geelong Racecourse on October 22.

Five of those early Geelong Cup entries meanwhile are facing off in the first Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival major, the $3 million Group 1 Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup (2400m) this weekend.

The Caulfield Cup horses nominated for the Geelong Cup are: Lidari, Green Moon, Sea Moon, and the first two emergencies Brambles and Araldo who run on Saturday following the scratchings of Gris Caro and Dandino.

The Peter Moody-trained duo of Lidari and Brambles are a top chance in both races and pay $12 and $13 respectively in the latest Caulfield Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au to upset the favourite and their last start conqueror Lucia Valentina ($4.60).

She beat the two home at Flemington on October 4 when the trio ran the trifecta in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m), the race that produced last year’s Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner (3rd).

Moody won the Geelong Cup last year with Ibicenco and so shoots for successive wins in the Melbourne Cup lead-up race.

The next best in Caulfield Cup betting of the Geelong Cup hopes is then Robert Hickmott’s 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon ($31).

He is followed by second emergency Araldo ($41) getting in for Michael Moroney after connections of last year’s Caulfield Cup runner-up Dandino had to pull the pin on the veteran international’s bid this year due to lameness in his off front leg.

Hickmott’s second chance of going back-to-back in the Caulfield Cup, Sea Moon ($61) then rounds out the contingent.

Along with Green Moon and Sea Moon Hickmott and owner Lloyd Williams have also nominated for: Amralah, Hartani, Massiyn, Shikarpour and Thought Worthy making Macedon Lodge the easily best represented in the Geelong Cup nominations.

While last year’s Geelong Cup winner Ibicenco could only manage to run 16th behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente in last year’s $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the first Tuesday of November, the race has produced a number of genuine hopes in the ‘race that stops a nation’ over the years.

Back in 2011 French raider Dunaden completed the Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup double repeating the feat achieved by fellow French visitor Americain 12 months earlier.

Bauer also won the 2008 Geelong Cup before his narrow loss to Viewed in the Melbourne Cup and Dermot Weld’s European raider Media Puzzle completed the double in 2002.

While there are no international Geelong Cup hopefuls this year there are plenty of other talented chances.

Some of the other highly rated entries include Hobart Cup – Launceston Cup winning mare Epingle, the Robert Smerdon-trained Cranbourne Cup runner-up More Than Sacred, Mr O’Ceirin, former Victoria Derby winner Sangster and Sydney Cup third placegetter Sertorius.

See below for the full Geelong Cup 2014 nominations, the final field due for release on Monday.

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2014 Geelong Cup Nominations

Geelong Racecourse – 22/10/2014

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 ALI VITAL (NZ) Robbie Laing 87
2 AMRALAH (IRE) Robert Hickmott 104
3 ANCIENT KING (IRE) Peter G Moody 95
4 ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney 100
5 BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody 105
6 CARAVAN ROLLS ON (GB) Danny O’Brien 94
7 CORREGGIO (NZ) Murray Johnson 90
8 EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent 103
9 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 111
10 HARTANI (IRE) Robert Hickmott 91
11 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody 105
12 LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys 95
13 MARKSMANSHIP (IRE) Ciaron Maher 95
14 MARTINVAST (IRE) Archie Alexander 72
15 MASSIYN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 95
16 MORE THAN SACRED Robert Smerdon 98
17 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 103
18 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) Robert Smerdon 92
19 OMINOUS (GB) Nigel Blackiston 90
20 PRETTY BLONDE Kym Healy 78
21 SANGSTER (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 104
22 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott 108
23 SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington 105
24 SHIKARPOUR (IRE) Robert Hickmott 82
25 SHOREHAM Saab Hasan 99
26 SUDDEN MOMENT Ron Daniel 62
27 THOUGHT WORTHY (USA) Robert Hickmott 90
28 WALTZING TO WIN David Huxtable 73
29 WISH COME TRUE (IRE) Peter G Moody 98
30 ZANBAGH Patrick Payne 100

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