Nominations for the 2014 Moonee Valley Vase were taken on Monday, with 24 three-year-olds declaring for the race, double the amount of last year’s race.
The majority of the 24 nominated hopefuls for this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Dilmah Exceptional Teas Vase (2040m) are using the race as a lead-up to the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington Racecourse Saturday week, November 1.
Just 14 runner plus four emergencies will make the final field come Wednesday, with a few dually nominated for the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) also on Saturday.
Headlining the nominations is the Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained Go Indy Go. The filly had a brilliant autumn racing campaign, winning two races and coming runner-up in another two, which culminated with a Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) win.
She looked all but set for a Cox Plate run heading to the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) but after a disappointing spring campaign that started with her worst career result (15/15) in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m), she will head to the Moonee Valley Vase instead.
The John O’Shea-trained Sweynesse is another leading nomination, having won three of his four spring starts including the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) and Gloaming Stakes (1800m). The colt proved he can last the distance after stepping up in both distance and class for the Group 1 Champion Stakes (2000m) last time out for a third placing.
The trainer is dually represented by Gouldian in the nominations, who will be making his first step up to black type racing following a maiden win earlier this month.
Trainer Mark Kavanagh has three horses nominated for the Moonee Valley Vase – Chivalry, Verreaux, and Zimbabwe.
Chivalry is the best of the three, having won the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) in August before finishing second in the Listed Living Legends Stakes (1400m).
The colt didn’t perform as well when stepped up to a mile however for the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), finishing midfield for both.
Verreaux finished last in the Listed UCI Stakes (1800m) last time out while Zimbabwe has only had four career starts, none of which were black type races.
Mick Price has declared Stutt Stakes runner-up Moonovermanhattan while his half-brother Light Up Manhattan will represent Ciaron Maher after missing out on placings in both the UCI Stakes and Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m).
Gai Waterhouse has nominated three-year-old Duccio, who has had a winning spring season so far. The gelding finished third, second, then first in minor races before stepping up in class for the Listed Dulcify Quality (1600m) in which he finished second to Hampton Court.
Check out the full list of 2014 Moonee Valley Vase nominations below to get a comprehensive guide to this Saturday’s race.
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2014 Moonee Valley Vase Nominations
|1||ATMOSPHERE (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||67|
|2||BONDEIGER Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Danny O’Brien||69|
|4||CORAM||Leon & Troy Corstens||65|
|6||GO INDY GO||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||–|
|8||IT’S THYME (NZ)||Chris Hyland||63|
|9||LIGHT UP MANHATTAN||Ciaron Maher||68|
|10||LITTLE HOTTIE (NZ)||Michael Kent||63|
|11||LOTION||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||72|
|12||MISS INTERIORS||Anthony Cummings||62|
|14||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||62|
|16||ROYAL STANDING||Brent Stanley||66|
|17||SAN PADRE||Michael Kent||63|
|18||SPUR ON GOLD Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Pat Carey||62|
|20||THE MIGHTY JROD (NZ)||Robbie Laing||57|
|21||TURBO STREET||Tony McEvoy||62|
|22||VERREAUX (NZ)||Mark Kavanagh||58|
|23||ZIMBABWE (NZ)||Mark Kavanagh||59|
|24||ZULULAND||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||82|