2015 Ballarat Cup Nominations Released

The 2015 Ballarat Cup nominations have been released and 29 horses have been included in the initial entries for the Listed event that will be held on Saturday.

Mujadale has the chance to record back-to-back wins in the 2015 Ballarat Cup. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Mujadale has the chance to record back-to-back wins in the 2015 Ballarat Cup. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Mujadale outstayed his rivals to record a brave win in the Ballarat Cup last year and he will have the chance to record back-to-back wins in the race.

The Mujahid gelding has not recorded a race win since he took out the Ballarat Cup and he made a slow start to his 2015 Spring Racing Carnival campaign, but he returned to a semblance of his best form with a close third behind Something To Share and Straight Jacket in the Ararat Gold Cup (2000m) on November 8.

Something To Share has also been included in the 2015 Ballarat Cup nominations and he will have the chance to complete a country cup treble.

The eight-year-old returned to winning form in the St Arnaud Cup (2000m) on October 24 and he produced another strong on-pace effort to take out the Ararat Cup.

His trainer Darren Weir is set to have a strong hand in the Ballarat Cup as he has also included Akzar, Our Voodoo Prince, Tilla Bell Rings and Tooleybuc Kid in the nominations.

Another trainer with multiple horses in the 2015 Ballarat Cup nominations is Chris Waller, who has included both Index Linked and Junoob.

Index Linked finished a gallant third in the Listed Cranbourne Cup (2025m) on October 11, but he failed to fire in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 31, while Junoob produced a poor performance in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day after he returned to a semblance of his best form with a second place finish in the Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m) at Royal Randwick on October 17.

The only Group 1 winner that has been included in the Ballarat Cup nominations is Henry Dwyer-trained Sonntag, who took out the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) last year.

Sonntag returned to winning form when he took out the Macau Handicap (2800m) at Flemington on May 9, but he has struggled badly during the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival and he finished outside the top ten in the Listed Heatherlie Stakes (1700m) at Caulfield on August 29, the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at the same venue on September 19, the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2520m) at Flemington on October 4 and the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) on October 21.

Other notable horses in the 2015 Ballarat Cup nominations include Bryce Stanaway-trained Crafty Cruiser, Macedon Lodge-owned Assign, Kiwi stayer Maygrove, imported stayer Our Voodoo Prince, Tony McEvoy-trained Sysmo and Queensland Oaks runner-up Ungrateful Ellen.

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2015 Ballarat Cup Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 3755×00774 AKZAR (IRE) G 9 Darren Weir 95
2 x23x11x5x8 ASSIGN (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 82
3 96834×7009 CELTIC PRINCE (NZ) G 6 Grant Young 87
4 6184183005 CRAFTY CRUISER G 8 Bryce Stanaway 95
5 1654159×06 DELAGO’S SECRET G 5 Roger James 89
6 2124138110 DIGITALISM G 6 John Sadler 97
7 30×4098035 DON DOREMO (NZ) G 5 Robbie Laing 90
8 08×9662500 ELECTRIC FUSION G 6 Trudi Christie 84
9 0x3653x119 IMPERIAL LASS (NZ) M 4 Peter G Moody 81
10 105216×530 INDEX LINKED (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 104
11 084×750920 JUNOOB (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 105
12 5182424855 LORD DURANTE G 7 Simone Ferchie 89
13 939507×028 LUCKZAT (NZ) M 7 Wayne Walters 74
14 146×074440 MAYGROVE G 5 Murray Baker 94
15 15443×5063 MUJADALE G 8 Paul A Jones 88
16 3257144313 OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB) G 8 Darren Weir 96
17 3510×08720 PONDAROSA MISS (NZ) M 5 Jason Bridgman 98
18 x684x4x803 PRINCE CHERI (FR) H 7 David Vandyke 99
19 3210×87540 REFECTORY (IRE) H 6 Richard Laming 71
20 5125×53211 SOMETHING TO SHARE G 8 Darren Weir 82
21 08712×0000 SONNTAG G 5 Henry Dwyer 94
22 x452x78624 SYSMO (FR) G 7 Tony McEvoy 92
23 4651060×00 TANBY G 9 Mick Cerchi 95
24 8996215912 TILLA BELL RINGS G 7 Darren Weir 80
25 21143×9755 TOOLEYBUC KID G 6 Darren Weir 95
26 31532×8444 UNGRATEFUL ELLEN M 4 Robert Smerdon 85
27 x0x7872447 WALES H 6 Richard Laming 72
28 4x22444x78 WISH COME TRUE (IRE) G 6 Peter G Moody 95
29 x049429711 ZAYAM (FR) G 6 Matthew Smith 80

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