The Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) may not be a Group race but that hasn’t stopped the race from attracting a talented field of classy stayers.
The Cup is one of nine black-type races taking part at Sandown Racecourse this Saturday, the final leg of the 2014 spring carnival. With its attractive prize-pool and two mile length, it’s not hard to see why it has attracted such strong horses – some of which missed out on a place in the 2014 Melbourne Cup and one that did run the ‘race that stops the nation’.
Trainer Robert Hickmott has three horses nominated for the race, including headliner Green Moon, Massiyn, and Sea Moon.
Winner of the 2012 Melbourne Cup, Green Moon has had an illustrious career though his form has waned a bit as of late. He has not finished in the first three since the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) in March, finishing end of the field in three of his four starts since then.
The seven-year-old looked like a chance in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) last time out but his run just came to an end with 100m to go. He was a non-acceptor for this year’s Melbourne Cup after an issue with his hoof however he’s on track for the 2014 Sandown Cup.
Massiyn was a fast-finishing runner-up in the Listed Bendigo Cup (2400m) last time out, missing out to Bring Something by just a nose.
Sea Moon’s 2014 campaign has been sporadic with just three starts, two of which were last place finishes. He was supposed to run the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) last Tuesday but was scratched from the race the day before due to an elevated temperature.
Both Sea Moon and Green Moon are owned by Lloyd Williams.
The Darren Weir-trained Prince Of Penzance is another leading nominee after winning the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) on October 25 before finishing second in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) on Saturday.
The David Hayes & Tom Daberning-trained eight-year-old mare Unchain My Heart is set to run in the 2014 Sandown Cup after running in the Melbourne Cup. The mare was never a contender but did well to finish 16th of 22 runners.
Top Sydney trainer Chris Waller will aim to finish his spring season on a high after nominating Grand Marshall for the race. The five-year-old gelding has finished first three in 12 of his 15 career starts including back-to-back wins last time out.
British horse Lord Van Percy will get his second start in Australia in the Sandown Cup after finishing just outside the first three in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m). Listed Harry White Classic (2400m) winner Like A Carousel will represent Ken Keys.
Check out the complete 2014 Sandown Cup nominations below.
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2014 Sandown Cup Nominations
|1||AGGREGATOR (NZ)||Michael Kent||78|
|2||ANCIENT KING (IRE)||Peter G Moody||94|
|4||GRAND MARSHAL (GB)||Chris Waller||90|
|5||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||111|
|6||HAYLAMAN (IRE)||Aaron Purcell||75|
|7||LIKE A CAROUSEL||Ken Keys||95|
|8||LORD VAN PERCY (GB)||Andrew Balding||100|
|9||LUCK’S A FORTUNE||Pat Carey||73|
|10||MASSIYN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||95|
|11||PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ)||Darren Weir||104|
|12||RENEW (IRE)||Archie Alexander||91|
|13||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||104|
|15||SURPASS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||86|
|16||UNCHAIN MY HEART||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||98|
|17||WALTZING TO WIN||David Huxtable||78|
|18||WEEKEND WINNER||Brendan Mcshane||62|