Mighty Lucky Tops 2016 Scone Cup Nominations & Weights

This Friday the Scone Cup 2016 takes centre stage in the Hunger Region in NSW, nominations for the mile feature led by the Fred Cowell-trained Mighty Lucky.

Mighty Lucky

Mighty Lucky is the top-weighted of the 2016 Scone Cup nominations for Friday’s feature. Photo: Steve Hart.

A total of 32 horses are entered for this year’s $200,000 Listed Emirates Park Scone Cup (1600m), weights for the handicap clash headed by Casino Prince six-year-old Mighty Lucky with 60kg.

Back in 2014 Mighty Lucky won the Listed Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) at Scone before his sixth in the same race last year.

He has been in very good form over the past six months including his Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) success at Randwick on Boxing Day.

Mighty Lucky returned on April 16 winning over 1400m at the same track carrying 61.5kg before a brave last start second to Amovatio in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) with 58kg on his back in late April.

Following in the Scone Cup weights on 59.5kg is the Chris Waller-trained Hawkesbury Cup winner Amovatio who, if accepted, will rise three kilos from the 56.5kg he carried to victory over Mighty Lucky last start.

The five-year-old Al Maher gelding is yet to race at Scone, but from nine starts over the 1600m boasts a great record of four wins, a second and a third.

Waller has also nominated for the reigning Scone Cup winner Tales Of Grimm, a veteran seven-year-old out to improve on a seventh when beaten four lengths in the Hawkesbury Cup after running second in the same feature in 2015.

The imported Tales Of Grimm won the race 12 months ago narrowly defeating Frespanol with 54kg on his back, and only rises a half-kilo to 54.5kg this year.

The heaviest weighted mare among the Scone Cup entries is the Mike Van Gestel-trained five-year-old Casino Dancer (55.5kg) coming off a third when beaten under a length in the Hawkesbury Cup.

A group 1 performed daughter of Casino Prince, Casino Dancer is untested at Scone and has won just one of her 14 previous starts over a mile.

Also weighted above the 54kg minimum are the likes of last year’s Epsom Handicap third placegetter behind Winx Sons Of John (56.5kg) and the John O’Shea-trained Malice (55kg) who ran fifth in the Hawkesbury Cup.

Coming off a stakes win over the distance at the Sunshine Coast in Queensland is the Robert Heathcote-trained Bewhatyouwannabe who gets in on the 54kg again for a Scone Cup bid.

A veteran of 41 starts, the six-year-old is untested outside of Queensland but is a five-time winner over the mile and in top form after his recent Tails Stakes success.

Another notable entry adding even more interest to the Friday afternoon clash is the Kris Lees-trained Italian import Goldstream.

The Italian Derby winner debuted down under finished dead last behind English in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 16, but has won a subsequent Wyong trial and will be better for the run.

The action of the Scone Cup Carnival continues on Saturday with the meeting headlined by the fillies and mares facing off in the $200,000 Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m).

See below for the full Scone Cup 2016 nominations, the final field and acceptances declared on Wednesday morning.

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2016 Scone Cup Nominations

Scone Racecourse – 13/05/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 4x43151x12 MIGHTY LUCKY G 6 Fred Cowell 1 60kg 107
2 1x170x6351 AMOVATIO G 5 Chris Waller 2 59.5kg 106
3 3310×09063 CASINO DANCER M 5 Mike Van Gestel 3 55.5kg 102
4 311x2380x0 SONS OF JOHN G 5 Jason Attard 4 56.5kg 100
5 5797x60x50 AOMEN (IRE) G 8 Anthony Cummings 5 55.5kg 98
6 0274250×95 MALICE G 5 John O’Shea 6 55kg 97
7 00x9112x80 MEDCAUT G 5 John O’Shea 7= 54.5kg 96
8 6x18712x07 TALES OF GRIMM (USA) G 7 Chris Waller 7= 54.5kg 96
9 49×0243380 DANCES ON STARS (NZ) G 6 Gerald Ryan 9= 54kg 95
10 1x111x45x8 GOLDSTREAM (ITY) H 4 Kris Lees 9= 54kg 95
11 x867x60x70 LESS IS MORE (FR) G 8 David Vandyke 11 54kg 93
12 x404673131 BEWHATYOUWANNABE G 6 Robert Heathcote 12 54kg 91
13 1108370×08 BERRY DELICIOUS M 4 Jason Coyle 13 54kg 90
14 30x7212x50 PAJARO (NZ) G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 14 54kg 88
15 22×5154000 GREAT ESTEEM G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 15= 54kg 87
16 0x92765x11 HIGH MIDNIGHT G 4 James Cummings 15= 54kg 87
17 713x300x05 CANDELARA M 4 Tim Martin 17 54kg 85
18 14145925×8 DARCI MAGIC (NZ) G 5 Paul Murray 18 54kg 83
19 0x70x01035 HIMALAYA DREAM (FR) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 19 54kg 82
20 6664222×98 KAYPERS G 8 Greg Bennett 20 54kg 79
21 5227×82161 CHRYSOLAUS G 4 Jane Clement 21= 54kg 78
22 x4396x8208 MARPLE MISS M 4 Kris Lees 21= 54kg 78
23 4867×42632 ALLKNIGHT SAINT G 6 Brad Herne 23= 54kg 77
24 2431322×00 KELLYVILLE FLYER M 6 Jason Attard 23= 54kg 77
25 01160×1300 BINALONG ROAD G 7 Mack Griffith 25 54kg 76
26 33x36157x0 BRING LUCK G 4 Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti 26 54kg 72
27 5x86457x31 KISEKI DANE G 4 Mick Dwyer 27 54kg 70
28 779×402021 PIRATE BEN G 4 Damien Lane 28 54kg 62
29 3P0x553232 ARE YOU SURE G 8 Cameron Crockett 29= 54kg 60
30 11377×0007 LATITAT G 7 William & Stafford Wain 29= 54kg 60
31 69x4260x65 PRIVATE TABER G 7 Peter Nestor 31 54kg 59
32 3x636135x4 LAY DOWN THE LAW G 8 Pam Webber 32 54kg 54

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