26 Nominated for 2015 Mornington Cup

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.

Au Revoir headlines the Listed Mornington Cup nominations.

Au Revoir headlines the Listed Mornington Cup nominations. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

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

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
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
23 SONNTAG Henry Dwyer 100
24 VATUVEI Peter G Moody 87
25 VERDANT (GB) Robert Smerdon 92
26 WISH COME TRUE (IRE) Peter G Moody 97

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