2015 Hobart Cup Nominations Released

Nominations are now out for next month’s Hobart Cup 2015 including two entries for top Victorian trainer Darren Weir who shoots for his fifth win in the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival classic over the past decade.


Akzar is one of two 2015 Hobart Cup nominations for four-time winning trainer Darren Weir. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

A total of 28 horses make up the early entries for this year’s $225,000 Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) that is set to run at Hobart Racecourse on February 9.

Weir boasts an impressive four previous Hobart Cup victories having prepared True Courser (2006), Offenbranch (2008), Gotta Keep Cool (2009) and most recently Hurdy Gurdy Man (2013) for their wins over the past 10 years.

This year he’s back with two chances in Akzar and his most likely contender Tooleybuc Kid.

Selkrik eight-year-old Akzar won the Warrnambool Cup last May before a fourth in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) behind Streama.

He was last seen finishing second over 1600m at Flemington on January 10 behind Jacquinot Bay and is yet to race in Tasmanian.

Tooleybuc Kid meanwhile ran fifth at Flemington over 2000m last time out on January 17 and hasn’t won a race since saluting at Caulfield over that distance back in May last year.

Other notable interstate nominations for the Hobart Cup this summer include Robert Smerdon’s Roy Higgins Quality winner Cooldini, the Peter Moody-trained Crime Fighter who won in Adelaide over the weekend, last start Flemington winner Phantom Brew for Colin Little and 2013 Werribee Cup winner Pelicano.

Tony McEvoy’s Hawkesbury-based Pelicano ran fourth to I’m Imposing in the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) at Randwick on Boxing Day and was last seen finishing sixth when only one and a half lengths off the winner Midsummer Sun in the Listed Gosford Cup (2100m) on January 9.

Also of note is Mornington-trained Escado for Matt Laurie, the Casino Prince gelding having run sixth in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m0 last November before a fifth to Zabisco in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown last start.

As for the local Tasmanian hopes some of the best include seven-year-old Banca Mo, his last start conqueror at Launceston over the mile on New Year’s Eve Iggimacool and Geegees Blackflash.

John Luttrell’s Brighton-based Clangalang eight-year-old showed he still had plenty left in his old legs with a close win over 2200m at Hobart under weight-for-age conditions on Sunday.

He beat home fellow Hobart Cup hopefuls Genuine Lad for Longford’s Bill Ryan who ran second in the Devonport Cup the start before and Max Cowen’s last start winner over the mile Player One.

This year will be Geegees Blackflash’s fifth appearance in a Hobart Cup.

He won back in 2012 before placing in the past two editions of the race – second to Epingle last year and third to Hurdy Gurdy Man in 2013 – atoning for his 11th in his maiden start in the Hobart Cup back in 2011.

See below for the full Hobart Cup 2015 nominations, the final field due for release the week before race.

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2015 Hobart Cup Nominations

Monday February 9, 2015

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 AKZAR (IRE) Darren Weir 105
2 ANOTHER LAD AL Rodney Seymour 77
3 BANCA MO Scott Brunton 100
4 COOLDINI Robert Smerdon 97
6 DESERT ROAD Robbie Laing 65
7 ESCADO Matt Laurie 97
8 FALAMONTE (NZ) Robbie Laing 68
9 GARUD (IRE) Michael Moroney 92
10 GEEGEES BLACKFLASH John Luttrell 105
11 GENUINE LAD Bill Ryan 82
12 GOLD MEDALS (NZ) Symon Wilde
13 HOLD TRUE John Luttrell 66
14 IGGIMACOOL Bill Ryan 100
15 JAKCORIJIM Glenn Stevenson 87
16 KEUKENHOF Troy Blacker 75
18 MAGNAPAL Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 85
19 OERTER Robert Smerdon 77
20 OLLIE’S GOLD Gary White 75
22 PELICANO Tony McEvoy 103
23 PERPLEXING Scott Brunton 67
24 PHANTOM BREW (NZ) Colin Little 90
25 PLAYER ONE Max Cowen 69
26 SCELTO (NZ) Robbie Laing
27 THE GHANMAN Robbie Laing 58
28 TOOLEYBUC KID Darren Weir 90


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