Lightinthenite Leads 2015 Darwin Cup Nominations & Odds

Gary Clarke’s in-form local veteran Lightinthenite is clear early favourite among the Darwin Cup 2015 nominations for Monday’s feature race at Fannie Bay.


Lightinthenite is favourite for Monday’s 2015 Darwin Cup at Fannie Bay Racecourse. Photo: Steve Hart.

Early markets at on this year’s $200,000 Carlton Mid Darwin Cup (2000m), which attracted 24 nominations, are clearly led by Galileo seven-year-old Lightinthenite who turns eight on Saturday.

A winner of seven of his 32 starts to date the warhorse won first-up on July 11 at the track carrying 61kg to victory in the Chief Minister’s Cup (1600m).

He is the current third heaviest weighted entry in the Darwin Cup weights on 60kg behind the Chris Nash-trained import Gris Caro (61.5kg) and Gai Waterhouse’s Travolta (60.5kg).

Lightinthenite pays $3.60 in all-in Darwin Cup betting, Travolta the next best in the markets at $4.50.

Handsome Ransom gelding Travolta hasn’t won a race since the Listed Australia Day Cup (2400m) at Randwick back in January of 2014 and was last seen finishing a below par seventh in the Metric Mile at Fannie Bay on July 25.

There are three other single figure hopes in the latest Darwin Cup odds including Royal Request ($7).

Neil Dyer’s in-form Bel Esprit gelding is a rising five-year-old and heads the Darwin Cup ballot after back-to-back wins at the track in July.

The first was over a mile before he stepped up to 1900m to defeat Whistle Stop by one and a quarter lengths in the Buntine Handicap last time out.

Royal Request carried 55.5kg to victory that day and is extremely well weighted for the Cup getting in on the 54kg minimum.

Rounding out the top chances in the all-in markets for Monday’s NT major are Buntine Handicap runner-up Whistle Stop ($8) who beat home The Ruffian on July 25 by nearly three lengths to win the Metric Mile and the aforementioned Gris Caro ($8.50) who was an early favourite for last year’s Caulfield Cup in Melbourne.

Just outside of those are the likes of the Stephen Brown-trained Post D’France ($11), Metric Mile second placegetter The Ruffian ($11) who will line up for his 50th career start on Monday if accepted, High Rolling mare Pretty Blonde ($12) who defends her Darwin Cup title this winter and the Bob Richard-trained Adelaide visitor Spartan Eagle ($12).

See below for the full Darwin Cup 2015 nominations and weights, the final field due for release on Thursday.

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2015 Darwin Cup Nominations

Fannie Bay Racecourse – 03/08/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 4384044411 ROYAL REQUEST G 5 Neil Dyer 1 54kg 82
2 x967245611 FLYING TORMENTA M 4 John Peacock 2 54kg 64
3 x6710x080x GRIS CARO (GB) H 7 Chris Nash 3 61.5kg 98
4 74684500×6 TRAVOLTA (NZ) G 7 Gai Waterhouse 4 60.5kg 96
5 9x427809x1 LIGHTINTHENITE G 8 Gary Clarke 5 60kg 95
6 8×62832370 PAYTEEVEE G 6 Richard Laming 6 54.5kg 84
7 5x031370x0 THE RUFFIAN G 8 Sheila Arnold 7 54.5kg 84
8 11×0532183 BOLTON (NZ) G 9 Neil Dyer 8 54.5kg 84
9 09565792×4 PRETTY BLONDE M 7 Kym Healy 9 54kg 83
10 x46126x954 POST D’FRANCE (NZ) G 7 Stephen Brown 10 54kg 82
11 8446053189 SPARTAN EAGLE G 8 Bob Richard 11 54kg 81
12 x452221118 WHITE SAMBUCA (NZ) G 6 David Bates 12 54kg 80
13 8266x90x57 PROVERB G 6 Neil Dyer 13 54kg 79
14 1212231526 KAYNO G 5 Kerry Petrick 14 54kg 78
15 x123131060 ADJUSTER G 6 Ken Rogerson 15 54kg 76
16 3151236422 WHISTLE STOP G 5 Dick Leech 16 54kg 74
17 3261123305 EFFCEE G 6 Gary Clarke 17 54kg 74
18 1x299x4727 DESIGN FOR LIFE G 6 Chris Nash 18 54kg 74
19 253DDx2541 SATURDAY SORCERER G 6 Mark Webb 19 54kg 74
20 645506×113 BEL SIR G 8 Neil Dyer 20 54kg 72
21 0748×88568 FIRST COURSE G 7 Stephen Brown 21 54kg 71
22 32392×2322 STORM APPROACH G 5 Gary Clarke 22 54kg 70
23 03122×0011 STRAIGHT JACKET G 5 Symon Wilde 23 54kg 70
24 4x8811x623 PURRFECT COCKTAIL G 6 Malcolm Carson 24 54kg 62


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