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 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|
|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|
|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|
|22||x452x78624||SYSMO (FR)||G||7||Tony McEvoy||92|
|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|
|28||4x22444x78||WISH COME TRUE (IRE)||G||6||Peter G Moody||95|
|29||x049429711||ZAYAM (FR)||G||6||Matthew Smith||80|