Vilanova Heads 2016 Hobart Cup Nominations & Weights

Chris Waller’s Sydney-trained galloper Vilanova is the top-rated and weighted nomination for Tasmania’s Hobart Cup 2016 on Monday, February 8.

Vilanova

Sydney galloper Vilanova is allocated top weight for Monday’s 2016 Hobart Cup in Tasmania. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The Commands five-year-old is one of a bumper 28 early entries taken for this summer’s $200,000 Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m).

A veteran of 40-starts already, Vilanova is yet to race in Tasmanian and was last seen crossing fifth of six runners behind Destiny’s Kiss in the Listed Australia Day Cup (2400m) at Randwick on January 26.

He had just 56kg on his back that day and is allocated the hefty 59kg top weight in the Hobart Cup weights for next Monday.

Waller has a total of three Hobart Cup nominees this Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival also entering his Australia Day Cup fourth-placed Excites seven-year-old Black Jag (57kg) and High Chaparral four-year-old Quick Strike (54kg).

Following Vilanova in the Hobart Cup weights with 58kg is another interstate raider, Danny O’Brien’s in-form Second Bullet coming off back-to-back wins.

A five-year-old son of Encosta De Lago, Second Bullet saluted over 2000m at Flemington on January 16 and again last Saturday and is yet to be tested over the mile and a half distance of the Hobart Cup.

Also coming out of the same race Second Bullet won last time out is Peter Moody’s Dylan Thomas mare Metaphorical who ran fourth on the back of her third to Signoff when defeated just a quarter length in the Listed Lord Stakes (1700m) at Caulfield on Boxing Day.

Another in-form interstate visitor is Tony McEvoy’s Adelaide-trained six-year-old Lucky Lucky Lucky whose Melbourne form over the summer has been top notch.

In late November he was runner-up to Telepathic in the Listed ATC Cup (2000m), a race Vilanova was third in, before a Listed Christmas Cup (2400m) third over the mile and a half on December 12.

Last start Lucky Lucky Lucky was third to Vilanova in the Listed Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) at Randwick on New Year’s Day, the gelding getting the chance to turn the tables in Tasmanian early next week.

Of the local hopes one of the top chances looks to be the flying David Brunton-trained Helike gelding Up Cups.

The five-year-old was runner-up on New Year’s Day in the Longford Cup (1800m) before two subsequent wins over 2100m and 2200m at Hobart on January 8 and 24th respectively.

His last win was in the weight-for-age Geegee Horse Stud Summer Cup carrying 59kg, the drop back to the 54kg minimum for the handicap conditions of the Hobart Cup a big advantage.

Summer Cup runner-up behind Up Cups last start, Stuart Gandy’s Wordsmith mare Geegees Goldengirl is another top Hobart Cup hopeful for Monday’s feature.

She has been in flying form since December 9 when runner-up to Admiral in the Listed Conquering WFA (1400m) at Launceston.

The four-year-old then ran third to the same horse in the Listed Tasmanian Stakes (1600m) before her January 6 win in the Devonport Cup (1880m) on the Synthetic Track and the last start second at Hobart where she boasts a solid record (13-4-5-4).

See below for the full Hobart Cup 2016 nominations, the final field and barrier draw due for release on Wednesday morning.

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2016 Hobart Cup Nominations

Hobart Racecourse – 08/02/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2263936211 UP CUPS G 5 David Brunton 1 54kg 82
2 60×7733615 VILANOVA (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 2 59kg 97
3 43198×4334 METAPHORICAL M 5 Peter G Moody 3 56.5kg 96
4 7×62333411 SECOND BULLET G 5 Danny O’Brien 4 58kg 95
5 135×202312 GEEGEES GOLDENGIRL M 4 Stuart Gandy 5 55kg 93
6 2176×52404 BLACK JAG G 7 Chris Waller 6 57kg 93
7 229×675233 LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY G 6 Tony McEvoy 7 56.5kg 92
8 x442134524 QUICK STRIKE G 4 Chris Waller 8 54kg 86
9 6351x760x4 AZURITE (IRE) G 5 Tony McEvoy 9 54kg 85
10 7872447201 WALES H 6 Richard Laming 10 54kg 85
11 x71x996706 GEE GEE’S LA QUITA M 7 Stuart Gandy 11 54kg 85
12 100×171541 LUCQUES G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 12 54kg 83
13 154×213723 PLAYER ONE G 6 Max Cowen 13 54kg 79
14 7×00745171 ALL I SURVEY G 4 Pat Carey 14 54kg 77
15 1448x8514x LAST WISH (NZ) G 5 Tony McEvoy 15 54kg 76
16 0092211222 LONCAVA (NZ) G 5 Tony McEvoy 16 54kg 76
17 01223×4570 MISTER MONEYPENNY G 8 Glenn Thornton 17 54kg 76
18 94181×3761 WARRIOR OF FIRE G 4 Jerome Hunter 18 54kg 75
19 1×14114696 TYCOON NAVIGATOR M 4 Gary White 19 54kg 75
20 4124372251 HUGO G 5 Brendan Mcshane 20 54kg 74
21 5754911×09 BELIVEAU G 6 Clinton McDonald 21 54kg 74
22 508x83x005 AGGREGATOR (NZ) G 8 Michael Kent 22 54kg 74
23 3481211347 AVENTADOR G 6 Barry Campbell 23 54kg 73
24 114×763223 SMOKE ’N’ WHISKY G 6 John Blacker 24 54kg 72
25 8408×64032 OERTER G 7 Scott Brunton 25 54kg 72
26 1×67216614 ZARALILY M 4 Heath Conners 26 54kg 71
27 1114×72644 SETTLER’S STONE G 4 Troy Blacker 27 54kg 67
28 x533212364 MILSON G 8 Julie Richards 28 54kg 67

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