Nominations for this Sunday’s Werribee Cup 2015 are now out with the Darren Weir-trained Tall Ship the highest rated stayer in the mix for the Victorian feature.
Entries for this season’s $120,000 Listed Werribee Cup (2600m) have been extended until 10am (AEST) on Wednesday with 14 original nominations taken for the handicap clash.
Among those is five-year-old Sea The Stars gelding Tall Ship from the Melbourne Cup winning stables of Weir.
The import debuted down under in March and has won four times in Australia including three country cups in Victoria.
He won the Stawell Cup (2000m), Terang Cup (2150m) and Warrnambool Cup (2350m) on varying track conditions during his four straight winning streak during a stellar autumn – winter preparation.
This campaign he has also been in the mix against good company including a fourth to Murray Baker’s subsequent Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) winner Turn Me Loose in the Listed Seymour Cup (1600m) in October.
Last start Tall Ship raced in the Group 2 Sandown classic (2400m) on November 14 and ran a distant second beaten seven lengths by Chris Waller’s runaway winner Who Shot Thebarman, third to Protectionist in last year’s $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).
The next highest rated runner among the current Werribee Cup nominations is the Henry Dwyer-trained Teofilo gelding Sonntag, winner of last year’s Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) as a three-year-old.
The now five-year-old also took out last year’s Listed Sale Cup (1600m) but hasn’t won anything since.
He was a well beaten 14th of 17 runners behind Almoonqith in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) two back before improving at his home track on November 21 when third, under a length off the winner Junoob in the Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m).
The veteran of the nominees is Mick Cerchi’s nine-year-old son of Galileo Tanby.
Yet to win from four previous runs at Werribee, Tanby took out the 2011 Bendigo Cup, the 2013 The Bart Cummings as well as that year’s Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m).
His latest win was in March with success over the two miles in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) but his recent form has left plenty to be desired including an eighth when beating home just one runner last time out in a Benchmark 90 over 2500m at Moonee Valley on November 28.
Also coming out of that race and in the Werribee Cup mix is second placed mare Imperial Lass for Peter Moody.
The four-year-old daughter of Tavistock ran third to this year’s Cox Plate winner Winx in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) back in May and improved on a ninth to 2015 Hong Kong Cup hope Lucia Valentina in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) on Emirates Stakes Day with her second late last month.
Other notable hopes including Grant Young’s last start Adelaide winner over 2500m Celtic Prince, Group 1 performed Queensland raider Pop ‘N’ Scotch and the in-form Danny O’Brien-trained Second Bullet.
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2015 Werribee Cup Nominations
Werribee Racecourse – 13/12/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||834×700951||CELTIC PRINCE (NZ)||G||6||Grant Young||89|
|2||x3653x1192||IMPERIAL LASS (NZ)||M||4||Peter G Moody||81|
|3||5443×59637||MUJADALE||G||8||Paul A Jones||88|
|4||05102×8299||POP ’N’ SCOTCH||G||5||Liam Birchley||79|
|5||41147×6233||SECOND BULLET||G||5||Danny O’Brien||82|
|6||00×9085943||SEVERN ROAD||G||7||Jamie Edwards||62|
|7||065×721191||SIDDLE’S BIRTHDAY||G||6||Jim Madden||71|
|9||1130×71265||STRAIGHT JACKET||G||5||Symon Wilde||74|
|11||3341×83266||SURE YOU CAN (NZ)||M||5||Danny O’Brien||78|
|12||x0504x8821||SWACADELIC (GER)||G||5||Aaron Purcell||81|
|13||1111×88482||TALL SHIP (IRE)||G||5||Darren Weir||99|