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.
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
|1||AKZAR (IRE)||Darren Weir||105|
|2||ANOTHER LAD AL||Rodney Seymour||77|
|3||BANCA MO||Scott Brunton||100|
|5||CRIME FIGHTER||Peter G Moody||–|
|6||DESERT ROAD||Robbie Laing||65|
|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|
|17||LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY||Tony McEvoy||84|
|18||MAGNAPAL||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||85|
|20||OLLIE’S GOLD||Gary White||75|
|21||ORIENTAL LADY (GER)||Kris Lees||–|
|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|