2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Nominations Released

A quality list of twenty-five runners have been included in nominations for Saturday’s 2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m); highlighted by the inclusion of a number of exciting spring racing prospects.

Tales Of Grimm has been included in 2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Tales Of Grimm has been included in 2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Sons Of John broke through for a maiden black type win in the 2015 edition of the Hawkesbury Gold Cup and has been included in nominations for a title defence on Saturday.

The stable star for the Hawkesbury-based Jason Attard, Sons Of John continued to impress through a standout spring carnival campaign which heralded a number of standout results.

Resuming for a close second behind champion mare Winx in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m), the Oratorio gelding produced a career-best performance to finish third in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) on October 3rd.

While failing to make much of an impact in his next two starts, Son Of John has trialled well in the lead-up to his return and should lay a great account for himself in the 2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup.

Attard is set to launch a two-pronged attack on the 2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup, having also included Kellyville Flyer in nominations.

Chris Waller is set to dominate the final field of the feature race after nominating no less than seven of his stable’s stars for the 2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup, including Beaten Up, Spiritjim and Tales Of Grimm.

Beaten Up will use the Hawkesbury Gold Cup as a second point of call on his way to a likely berth in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) north of the border, in May.

Posting four wins and five minors through twenty-six starts, Beaten Up resumed this time for seventh in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) on March 26th.

Spiritjim is poised for his first Australian start in the 2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup and appears as though he will enjoy the conditions after trialling well.

Finishing outside the first three only a handful of times through eighteen career starts, the Galileo entire ran second in the Group 2 Qatar Prix Foy (2400m) at Longchamp on September 13th before taking his position in the famed Group 1 Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe (2400m) a fortnight later; albeit an unsuccessful run.

Having capped his European tenure fourth in the Group 2 Prix Du Conseil De Paris (2400m) on October 18th, Spiritjim’s class is sure to count for a lot on Saturday.

Tales Of Grimm is arguably the most suited of all of Waller’s runners to the Hawkesbury Gold Cup an should have taken plenty of benefit from his first-up run in the Royal Randwick BM100 (1400m) a fortnight ago.

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2016 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 11x170x635 AMOVATIO G 5 Chris Waller 102
2 5797x60x50 AOMEN (IRE) G 8 Anthony Cummings 98
3 0x484256x7 BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 104
4 121×862768 BLENDWELL M 5 Jason Coyle 78
5 13310×0906 CASINO DANCER M 5 Mike Van Gestel 100
6 x24269x670 ECUADOR (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 101
7 1x572217x2 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse 107
8 222×515400 GREAT ESTEEM G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 87
9 644267×051 HUNTER JACK G 6 Tim Martin 76
10 x75092012x JUNOOB (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 106
11 1×70005670 KEEPIT TO YOURSELF (NZ) G 6 Jim & Greg Lee 77
12 52431322×0 KELLYVILLE FLYER M 6 Jason Attard 78
13 5x867x60x7 LESS IS MORE (FR) G 8 David Vandyke 94
14 x0274250x9 MALICE G 5 John O’Shea 97
15 300x9112x8 MEDCAUT G 5 John O’Shea 97
16 64x43151x1 MIGHTY LUCKY G 6 Fred Cowell 105
17 0x82Px008x OPINION (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 105
18 430x7212x5 PAJARO (NZ) G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 88
19 x57523x200 ROCK STURDY H 5 Joseph Pride 103
20 3425823×06 SHOREHAM G 6 Gerald Ryan 95
21 342465×031 SOFIN M 5 Shannon Fry 75
22 2311x2380x SONS OF JOHN G 5 Jason Attard 100
23 0x6447204x SPIRITJIM (FR) H 6 Chris Waller 109
24 x4480x82x3 STRAWBERRY BOY G 7 Chris Waller 103
25 46x18712x0 TALES OF GRIMM (USA) G 7 Chris Waller 96

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