2015 Autumn Classic Nominations Released

February 23, 2015

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2015 Autumn Classic Nominations Released

18 middle-distance runners were nominated for the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) on Monday morning, one of eight Group races running at Caulfield this Saturday. The race meeting is set to be action-packed with three Group One races running alone.

Moonovermanhattan is one of 18 three-year-olds nominated for the Autumn Classic.

Moonovermanhattan is one of 18 three-year-olds nominated for the Autumn Classic. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

Both Mick Price and David Hayes & Tom Dabernig could deliver a dual-pronged attack on the 2015 Autumn Classic after nominating two three-year-olds each.

Price will be represented by Moonovermanhattan and The Chairman. Moonovermanhattan won the Group 1 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) dominantly back in October but has run unplaced in all three of his subsequent starts, which included finishing end of the field in both the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) and Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m). The colt just missed out on a placing last time out in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) on February 14.

Price’s second runner The Chairman is lightly run with just two career starts to his name, neither of which he won let alone placed in.

David Hayes & Tom Dabernig will continue their quest for a training premiership in Melbourne after nominating both Firehouse Rock and Hong Kong Captain.

Firehouse Rock won his maiden in September last year at Caulfield over 1700m but has failed to win any of his five subsequent starts. The colt did manage to run third in both the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) back in October along with the Autumn Stakes nine days ago.

Hong Kong Captain has won two of his four career starts, including the Vobis Gold Star (1500m) on January 24 and finished outside the placings for the first time in the Autumn Stakes, in which the gelding finished fifth.

Other horses nominated for the 2015 Autumn Classic include Tom HughesChill Party, Ciaron Maher’s Duibio, Listed UCI Stakes (1800m) winner Magicool, Lee & Anthony Freedman’s Minnesinger, and Wez Hunter’s Pepperjack.

Check out the complete list of 2015 Autumn Classic nominations below.

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2015 Autumn Classic Nominations

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 AAGAS Todd Balfour 54
2 ALPINE EAGLE Tony McEvoy 70
3 ARIANNE (NZ) Pat Hyland 62
4 BETSY Peter G Moody 67
5 CHILL PARTY Tom Hughes 69
6 DUIBIO Ciaron Maher 67
7 FIREHOUSE ROCK Super Vobis Bonus Scheme David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 75
8 HONG KONG CAPTAIN Super Vobis Bonus Scheme David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 75
9 LUCKY PADDY Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Mark Riley 63
10 MAGICOOL Mark Kavanagh 78
11 MINNESINGER Lee & Anthony Freedman 67
13 NORMAN RULES Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Colin & Cindy Alderson 65
14 PEPPERJACK Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Wez Hunter 62
15 SAN PADRE Michael Kent 67
16 SIGA LA VACA Aaron Purcell 62
17 THE CHAIRMAN Mick Price
18 ZAHSPEED Danny O’Brien 68

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