2015 Lord Reims Stakes Nominations Feature Adelaide Cup Hopes

A field of potential Adelaide Cup runners will face off at Morphettville Racecourse in this Saturday’s Lord Reims Stakes 2015 with nominations for the latter attracting 16 early entries.

Akzar

Current 2015 Adelaide Cup favourite Akzar heads the Lord Reims Stakes nominations for this Saturday. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The headline race in South Australia this weekend, the $115,000 Group 3 James Boags Premium Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) serves as the traditional lead-up to the lucrative $400,000 Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) back at the track on March 9.

Early Adelaide Cup odds at bookmakers around the country are led by the Darren Weir-trained stablemates Akzar and Taiyoo.

Veteran Selkirk eight-year-old Akzar was last seen running a brave fifth to last year’s upset The Goodwood winner Smokin’ Joey at Caulfield when beaten only a length in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) on February 14.

He has winning form up to 3000m at Moonee Valley however and was most recently seen in the winner’s stall for the Warrnambool Cup that he won by six lengths last May.

Stablemate Taiyoo is hot on Akzar’s heels in futures Adelaide Cup betting with the Ballarat-based Weir naming the Group 2 as a potential target after the five-year-olds’ win in the Listed Torney Night Cup (2500m) at Moonee Valley last Friday evening.

Haradasun gelding Taiyoo has won his past four on the trot between 2000m and 2500m around the Melbourne tracks and, if the timing works out, will contest the Adelaide Cup looking for a big interstate pay day.

Weir has a total of three Lord Reims Stakes nominees with his third being Zanteco, the Zabeel six-year-old last seen running third to The Ruffian in a Benchmark 78 over 2100m at Sandown-Lakeside on February 18.

The next best fancied in the early Adelaide Cup markets nominated for Saturday’s lead-up at a quote of around $13 is then the Tony McEvoy-trained Lucky Lucky Lucky.

A five-year-old Lucky Owners gelding the galloper won the Rain Lover Stakes at Morphettville Parks over 1950m last month before his second to Éclair Samba at Adelaide’s premier track in the Listed Birthday Cup (2032m) when beaten a half-length a fortnight ago.

The Phillip Stokes-trained Birthday Cup winning Éclair Samba is also nominated for a Lord Reims Stakes rematch this weekend, the Ekraar gelding third to Lucky Lucky Lukcy in the Rain Lover before turning the tables last time out.

Other notable Adelaide Cup entries in the Lord Reims Stakes nominations include the Archie Alexander-trained Sandown Cup winner Renew, Richard Laming’s progressive five-year-old Refectory, and last start Morphettville winner over 2600m Too Cool To Fool for Leon MacDonald & Andrew Gluyas.

See below for the full 2015 Lord Reims Stakes nominations, the final field out on Wednesday.

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2015 Lord Reims Stakes Nominations

Morphettville Racecourse – 28/02/2015

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 RENEW (IRE) Archie Alexander 1 57kg 96
2 DISTILLATION Nick Smart 2 57kg 88
3 TAIYOO Darren Weir 3 56.5kg 104
4 AKZAR (IRE) Darren Weir 4 56.5kg 103
5 ECLAIR SAMBA (NZ) Phillip Stokes 5 56.5kg 93
6 VIMA Bill Papazaharoudakis 6 56.5kg 85
7 LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY Tony McEvoy 7 55kg 89
8 TOO COOL TO FOOL (NZ) Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 8 54kg 81
9 WALTZING TO WIN David Huxtable 9 54kg 80
10 GOSSIP GURU Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 10 54kg 76
11 REFECTORY (IRE) Richard Laming 11 55kg 70
12 ZANTECO (NZ) Darren Weir 12 55kg 70
13 SUSPICIOUS MINDS (NZ) Michael Moroney 13 54kg 68
14 HOYLAKE (NZ) Lloyd Kennewell 14 55kg 66
15 SUNSET MAGIC (NZ) Michael Moroney 15 54kg 66
16 CLUBS ARE TRUMPS Roslyn Day 16 55kg 52

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