26 potential stayers were nominated for the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) Monday morning with connections keen to get earn a place in the 2015 Caulfield Cup field.
With $350,000 in total prizemoney on offer plus an automatic entry to the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) during the spring for the winner, this race is very enticing and it’s not hard to see why it has attracted a large and talented field of potential runners.
Headlining the 2015 Mornington Cup nominations is the Peter Moody-trained Au Revoir. The five-year-old horse won the Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) back on November 15 but has failed to make anything of his two starts this campaign. He ran fifth in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) on February 28, just two and a quarter lengths behind winner Mourinho, but ran third-last in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) on March 14.
Moody has nominated another three runners for the Cup – Sir John Hawkwood, two-mile success Vatuvei, and Listed Kilmore Cup (1600m) runner-up Wish Come True.
Other highly rated potential runners with a handicap rating of 100+ include Akzar, Big Memory, Entirely Platinum, Epingle, Extra Zero, Index Linked, and Sonntag.
Darren Weir’s Akzar scored a minor placing in the Peter Young Stakes before finishing an honest seventh in the Australian Cup, Team Hawkes’ Entirely Platinum has finished runner-up in both the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m), Michael Kent’s Epingle was runner-up to Au Revoir in the Sandown Classic, and Chris Waller’s Index Linked won the Yarra Valley Cup (1950m) one week ago.
The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Extra Zero is one runner that punters will have their eye on if he lines-up in the 2015 Mornington Cup on Saturday. The eight-year-old gelding was the $101 roughie in the Australian Cup a fortnight ago but finished runner-up to stablemate Spillway, with just a millimetre between them. Extra Zero is also nominated for both the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) and Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Also coming via the Australian Cup are Tony McEvoy’s Big Memory and Henry Dwyer’s Sonntag, who finished second-last and last respectively.
Big Memory is a proven stayer, earning placings in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) and Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) back in November.
Other horses nominated for the Mornington Cup include Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) winner and runner-up Renew and Like A Carousel.
One notable absentee from the 2015 Mornington Cup nominations is The Cleaner. Trainer Mick Burles has opted to change course with the popular galloper due to a hefty weight allocation of 61.5kg.
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2015 Mornington Cup Nominations
|1||AKZAR (IRE)||Darren Weir||103|
|2||AU REVOIR (IRE)||Peter G Moody||105|
|3||BANCA MO||Scott Brunton||97|
|4||BIG MEMORY (FR)||Tony McEvoy||102|
|5||CARLO BUGATTI (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||78|
|6||CHUCHOTER (NZ)||Cheryl Roberts||54|
|7||CRAFTY CRUISER||Bryce Stanaway||92|
|8||DON DOREMO (NZ)||Robbie Laing||86|
|9||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||103|
|10||EPINGLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||102|
|11||EXTRA ZERO||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||102|
|12||GAMBLIN’ GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||92|
|13||GENUINE LAD||Bill Ryan||95|
|14||GOTTA TAKE CARE||Darren Weir||98|
|15||HOLLY HOLY (NZ)||Wayne Walters||68|
|16||INDEX LINKED (GB)||Chris Waller||102|
|17||LIKE A CAROUSEL||Ken Keys||96|
|18||MARTINVAST (IRE)||Archie Alexander||81|
|19||RENEW (IRE)||Archie Alexander||97|
|20||SCHOCKEMOHLE (NZ)||Brett Scott||82|
|21||SELF SENSE||David Brideoake||93|
|22||SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE)||Peter G Moody||91|
|24||VATUVEI||Peter G Moody||87|
|25||VERDANT (GB)||Robert Smerdon||92|
|26||WISH COME TRUE (IRE)||Peter G Moody||97|