Melbourne Cup Hopes Top 2015 Lexus Stakes Nominations

Lexus Stakes 2015 nominations for Flemington Racecourse’s Victoria Derby Day on Saturday feature a host of stayers looking for the Melbourne Cup ballot exemption on offer to the winner.

Beaten Up

Twenty-fourth on the Melbourne Cup ballot – Beaten Up is nominated for both the 2015 Lexus Stakes and Mackinnon on Derby Day this weekend at Flemington. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Run just three days before the ‘race that stops a nation’, this weekend’s $300,000 Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) attracted 29 nominations.

Sixteen of those also hold an entry for Tuesday week’s $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) back at the track over the two miles on November 3.

The last Melbourne Cup winner to back-up and win the Melbourne Cup was the Mark Kavanagh-trained Shocking (2009) who completed the double as a four-year-old.

Last year’s Lexus Stakes winner Signoff meanwhile went on to run a brave fourth behind German raider and runaway Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist.

A number of Lexus Stakes nominated gallopers are right on a cusp of a start in the Melbourne Cup field of 24 following second declarations on Monday morning including the Chris Waller-trained Beaten Up (24th).

He could be pushed out of the starting 24 by the winner of the Lexus and the $1 million Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) this weekend, Waller’s recent The Metropolitan runner-up holding an entry for both races.

The next Lexus Stakes nominees on the Melbourne Cup ballot are the Jamie Edwards-trained Sertorius (25th), the Lloyd Williams-owned The United States (26th) and international raider Secret Number (27th) prepared by Saeed Bin Suroor.

Galileo stallion The United States won last Saturday’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) earning a 2.5kg Melbourne Cup weight penalty and is right on the edge of making the field for 2012 winning trainer with Green Moon Robert Hickmott.

The United States currently pays $34 in futures Melbourne Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on the full Flemington line-up on Saturday for Derby Day.

A $41 hope in those all-in Melbourne Cup betting markets, Secret Number is yet to race in Australia but has winning form over Saturday’s distance last start in early September.

Saeed Bin Suroor, who has saddled-up 20 previous Melbourne Cup runners for three seconds and a third in the two mile classic, also has Elhaame nominated for the Lexus on the back of two wins back home earlier this season.

The other Melbourne Cup hopes and their position in the order of entry for the world’s richest handicap nominated for the Lexus are: Thunder Lady (30th), Like A Carousel (31st), Excess Knowledge (32nd), Bohemian Lily (33rd), Chance To Dance (34th), Havana Cooler (35th), Ruling Dynasty (36th), Elhaame (=37th), Ethiopia (=37th), High Midnight (=37th), Thunder Set (=37th) and Zanteca (=37th).

All of those horses are triple-figure outsiders in Melbourne Cup betting and two are prepared by Gai Waterhouse who won the Melbourne Cup with Fiorente (2013) – Bohemian Lily and Excess Knowledge.

In-form O’Reilly mare Bohemian Lily comes off a string of good runs this campaign including her third to Amralah in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield on October 10 and her third to The United States in last Saturday’s Moonee Valley Gold Cup.

Stablemate Excess Knowledge is also in nice form, the Monsun stallion coming off back-to-back seconds at Caulfield including in the Herbert Power Stakes after jumping from the outside alley (13 of 13).

See below for the full Lexus Stakes 2015 nominations then visit Ladbrokes.com.au to sign-up to the bookie offering an Extra 50% on your very first Fixed Odds winner on the Flemington card in Races 1 – 5 on Saturday!

2015 Lexus Stakes Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 31/10/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 0530×48425 BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 105
2 2121×69233 BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse 98
3 4321x6x185 CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 99
4 7130×40980 DON DOREMO (NZ) G 5 Robbie Laing 88
5 6316×41211 ELHAAME (IRE) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor 100
6 x88x000306 ETHIOPIA G 7 Pat Carey 93
7 15x11x5722 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse 101
8 x362Lx6063 HAVANA COOLER (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 99
9 33075×0003 HAWKSPUR G 6 Chris Waller 102
10 104110×927 HIGH MIDNIGHT G 4 James Cummings 79
11 0084×75092 JUNOOB (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 105
12 0x86123505 KAPOUR (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher 95
13 x6650x5550 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) M 5 John Sargent 102
14 2x893x0005 LIKE A CAROUSEL G 6 Ken Keys 96
15 955×143121 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 106
16 74x5421x46 MANALAPAN (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher 90
17 12146×0744 MAYGROVE G 5 Murray Baker 95
18 60x82Px008 OPINION (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 104
19 2216×04133 PURPLE SMILE G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 70
20 453210×875 REFECTORY (IRE) G 6 Richard Laming 72
21 12156×2181 RULING DYNASTY H 4 James Cummings 97
22 645361x2x1 SECRET NUMBER (GB) H 6 Saeed Bin Suroor 105
23 98x21x0069 SERTORIUS G 8 Jamie Edwards 101
24 x3x0x12261 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 104
25 0535×86826 THUNDER LADY (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 94
26 6947719116 THUNDER SET G 7 Vince Jones 62
27 320x2x5135 VELOX (GB) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 87
28 1150x7x018 WEXFORD TOWN (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 87
29 23314×8821 ZANTECA (NZ) M 6 Darren Weir 80

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