2015 Sydney Cup Nominations Include Who Shot Thebarman

Chris Waller’s proven two miler Who Shot Thebarman is one of the headline nominations taken by Racing NSW for the Sydney Cup 2015 today.

Who Shot Thebarman

Last year’s Melbourne Cup third placed Who Shot Thebarman is early favourite of the 91 Sydney Cup 2015 nominations taken this week. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Early entries for all eight Group 1 majors held over the opening two Saturday in April for the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival’s The Championships closed this afternoon, including those for the $1.6 million Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) on April 11.

Futures Sydney Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au pre-nominations were co-led by Who Shot Thebarman and Signoff at a quote of $7.

Connections of the Darren Weir-trained Lexus Stakes winner Signoff, last seen running fourth to Protectionist in the Melbourne Cup on November 4, however opted not to nominate for the Authorzied gelding.

Signoff instead has a light autumn planned with the major aim being getting him ready for another shot at the world’s richest handicap, the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at the end of the year.

That leaves Waller’s New Zealand import Who Shot Thebarman to lead the futures Sydney Cup betting markets at a firming price after he was one of the 91 nominations for the classic handicap clash.

Who Shot Thebarman is a previous Group 1 winner over the Sydney Cup distance of 3200m having won the 2014 Auckland Cup back at Ellerslie last March.

He debuted down under after that run in last autumn’s Sydney Cup but put in only a moderate performance to finish nearly 13 lengths away ninth to Gai Waterhouse’s winner The Offer.

He has had a full preparation in Australian since however and showed massive improvement in ‘the race that stops a nation’ last time out when putting in a top staying effort to finish third behind German stayer Protectionist in the Melbourne Cup.

Waller has saddled up 10 Sydney Cup starters over the years for just the one winner, Stand To Gain (2011).

Who Shot Thebarman is one of 10 chances for him to add a second in 2015, his other more notable hope being his The Metropolitan winner over 2400m at Randwick last October Opinion.

The two horses that finished first and second respectively in the Melbourne Cup quinella ahead of third place Who Shot Thebarman meanwhile are also in the mix for the Sydney Cup this autumn with Protectionist and Red Cadeaux both nominated.

The Kris Lees-trained Monson stallion Protectionist was transferred to the Newcastle horseman’s care from that of his German trainer late last year and showed he was ready to return with a bang thanks to a winning barrier trial at Broadmeadow on February 2.

The Ed Dunlop-trained veteran Red Cadeaux made history when becoming a three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up behind the lightly-raced Protectionist last spring and is in line to become the first European visitor to Sydney in the autumn in history.

Also nominated for the lucrative $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) over less distance at the same meeting, Tony McEvoy has kept the Sydney Cup dream alive for his Duke Of Marmalade gelding Big Memory.

The Herbert Power Stakes champ was runner-up to Signoff in the Lexus Stakes last spring but missed a Melbourne Cup start, instead finishing third to Le Roi in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth over 2600m on November 8.

Adding another level of intrigue to the Sydney Cup in 2015 is the likely inclusion of John Moore’s Hong Kong champion Dominant who will stay on in Australia for an as-yet decided local trainer after the autumn.

A horse not suited to the truly firm tracks back in Hong Kong, seven-year-old Dominant earned his Sydney Cup assignment after a brave fourth by Flintshire in a hot formline race from December 14 at Sha Tin, the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m).

Other headline Sydney Cup nominations include Henry Dwyer’s Queensland Derby winner from last winter Sonntag and the Peter Moody-trained Sandown Classic winning import Au Revoir.

Some of the notable Sydney Cup omissions meanwhile include the David Payne-trained import Terrubi who is unraced in Australia, Irish mare Pale Mimosa, the Robert Hickmott-trained Almandin, Lucia Valentina who will likely run in the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes instead and Gai Waterhouse’s reigning Sydney Cup winner The Offer.

Late Sydney Cup entries close on February 20 with Sydney Cup weights following on Monday February 23.

First Acceptances are then open until March 9 before the final field is out on Tuesday April 7 along with the Sydney Cup barrier draw.

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2015 Sydney Cup Nominations

Royal Randwick Racecourse – 11/04/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 22145x525x AKZAR (IRE) Darren Weir N/A
2 6x52x3121x ARTIBAI (GB) Kris Lees N/A
3 4111x ASTRONOMOS (GB) David Vandyke 71
4 x426x4381x AU REVOIR (IRE) Peter G Moody N/A
5 571511211x AVERAU Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison N/A
6 x1x3114x0x AY NO DIGAS (GER) Kris Lees 69
7 4311335x7x BAGMAN Chris Waller 104
8 1x BAJOUR (NZ) Chris Mcnab N/A
9 9021x42x8x BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller 110
10 10x281023x BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy N/A
11 x28471267x BLIZZARD (NZ) Jeff McVean & Emma-Lee Browne N/A
12 4515x9768x BOOGIE SHOES (GB) John Sargent N/A
13 867x63248x BRING BACK Mark Ashby N/A
14 118x09115x BRING SOMETHING Ken Keys N/A
15 21x700295x CANNY BALLAD Joseph Pride 92
16 09x68x785x CARRICK (NZ) Kurt Goldman 81
17 1x67x0615x COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE) Mick Price N/A
18 7x512x DANJEU (IRE) Chris Waller 69
19 941x16541x DELAGO’S SECRET Roger James N/A
20 515215565x DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride 102
21 49x405143x DISCLAIMER (GB) Peter & Paul Snowden 97
22 3587x0004x DOMINANT (IRE) John Moore N/A
23 01x210321x DON DOREMO (NZ) Robbie Laing N/A
24 136x31x31x DOUKHAN (IRE) Kris Lees N/A
25 1135x4442x EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent N/A
26 26341x853x FELIX BAY Kevin Moses 69
27 114x494x2x GAMBLIN’ GURU Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas N/A
28 781082954x GHOST PROTOCOL (IRE) Paul Perry 80
29 334x54x66x GOSH (IRE) Chris Waller 91
30 1131124x7x GOTTA TAKE CARE Darren Weir N/A
31 x723211x8x GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller N/A
32 111x40429x GRAPHIC (NZ) Michael Moroney N/A
33 x22x310x7x GREATWOOD (GB) Gai Waterhouse 97
34 x427x6095x GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott N/A
35 13x521167x HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea N/A
36 1x2x HAVANA COOLER (IRE) John O’Shea N/A
37 4321x3x HIGH SEAS Bjorn Baker N/A
38 x718547x2x HIMALAYA DREAM (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
39 9x5373350x IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea N/A
40 43x861D70x JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 108
41 1x6037300x KARATA Nigel Blackiston N/A
42 4211x6650x KIRRAMOSA (NZ) John Sargent N/A
43 000x95813x KOROIBETE Peter G Moody 82
44 x820x8830x LASER HAWK Joseph Pride 105
45 26x3211x LASSITUDE John O’Shea 73
46 13424x561x LAST WISH (NZ) Tony McEvoy 71
47 3196x5321x LE ROI (GER) Tony McEvoy N/A
48 145x867x6x LESS IS MORE (FR) David Vandyke N/A
49 470x51362x LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys N/A
50 371132431x LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY Tony McEvoy N/A
51 073625353x MARTINVAST (IRE) Archie Alexander N/A
52 35031x134x MARY LOU Anthony Cummings 73
53 521712121x MAYGROVE Murray Baker N/A
54 4x4213x MIDAS (NZ) Bart & James Cummings 65
55 57x7253x MY DANCING DUEL (NZ) Robbie Laing N/A
56 x90x06x07x ONLY A PLEASURE (IRE) Archie Alexander N/A
57 62x050160x OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 104
58 11x9380x9x OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB) Chris Waller N/A
59 71621x846x PELICANO Tony McEvoy 100
60 375750x12x PERFECT START (NZ) Wayne Hillis N/A
61 549x35742x PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller 97
62 841531012x POP ’N’ SCOTCH Liam Birchley N/A
63 0x6116x07x PROJECTILE Gai Waterhouse 79
64 31x221141x PROTECTIONIST (GER) Kris Lees N/A
65 123x35150x QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse 101
66 30x5177x0x RAWNAQ David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
67 4x60x4726x RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop N/A
68 x630021x0x RENEW (IRE) Archie Alexander N/A
69 241x47226x RISING ROMANCE (NZ) Donna Logan 108
70 23113x644x ROCK DIVA (NZ) Tony Pike N/A
71 7x7192142x RODWAY Peter G Moody N/A
72 51x20x260x ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE) John Sadler N/A
73 1x78x2170x SABOR A TRIUNFO (CHI) Peter & Paul Snowden 92
74 14532x086x SCRATCHY BOTTOM Michael Kent N/A
75 x2x25x5x4x SESENTUM (GB) Gai Waterhouse 65
76 13x3x SHE’S INSATIABLE (NZ) Terrill Charles N/A
77 21x0077x3x SHOW THE WORLD (NZ) Murray Baker N/A
78 68x610127x SINGING FLAME Kevin Moses 89
79 7x9x676x0x SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) Peter G Moody N/A
80 x31211x18x SONNTAG Henry Dwyer N/A
81 251217x80x SPACE Michael Moroney N/A
82 254134084x SURPASS (NZ) Michael Moroney 85
83 504212237x TAMPERE Shaun Dwyer N/A
84 3x32x12x1x THE TIDY EXPRESS (NZ) Roger James N/A
85 x86320x44x TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 94
86 26x0900x0x TUPAC AMARU John O’Shea N/A
87 7987x9523x VATUVEI Peter G Moody 90
88 19x071103x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller N/A
89 712x43054x WISH COME TRUE (IRE) Peter G Moody N/A
90 3x6123x31x ZADON Robbie Griffiths N/A
91 x253210x1x ZIMBALI (FR) Peter G Moody N/A

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