2016 Longines Mile (Cantala Stakes) Nominations Released

The new-look Longines Mile 2016, registered as the Cantala Stakes, has attracted 40 gallopers at nomination stage this week ahead of the Saturday week showdown on Victoria Derby Day.

He's Our Rokkii

Toorak Handicap winner He’s Our Rokkii is early favourite of the 40 Longines Mile 2016 nominations taken for the VRC Derby Day showdown. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of four elite levels scheduled to run at Flemington Racecourse on October 29 to kick off the Melbourne Cup Carnival, this year’s $1 million Group 1 Longines Mile Cantala Stakes (1600m) nominations were taken on Monday by Racing Victoria (RV).

The handicap showdown has attracted plenty of talented early entries including pre-field favourite in futures markets at bookmakers around the country, He’s Our Rokkii.

The David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained four-year-old has won his past five starts on the trot dating back to early April.

His latest turf triumph saw him become a Group 1 winner at Flemington on October 8 with a quarter-length victory in the Toorak Handicap (1600m).

From eight runs over the mile he now boasts three wins and two seconds, good form heading into the Longines Mile.

Lindsay Park have a total of five Longines Miles nominations this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with the other most notable being He Or She and Seaburge.

A super-consistent Kendal Star six-year-old, He Or She comes off three Group 1 placings this campaign.

The first was a third in Flemington’s Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) followed by a second to Black Heart Bart in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m).

Last start he came up against Australia’s best racehorse Winx and ran third to her in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

Seaburge, who is also nominated for a run in the $200,000 Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040) this weekend on Cox Plate Day, was last seen running second in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).

The three-year-old Sebring colt also holds a nomination for the $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) on the same day as the Longines Mile over the staying distance.

No three-year-old has won the Longines Mile, formerly the Emirates Stakes and run a week later, in over 30 years.

Also high-up the Cantala Stakes (Longines Mile) betting markets at nomination stage are the Darren Weir-trained duo of Palentino and Voodoo Lad.

Winner of the Makybe Diva Stakes at the track / distance two back, four-year-old Teofilo stallion Palentino is two-from-two at the Flemington mile having also won the Australian Guineas on protest at the track in early March.

He has a flying Flemington record of three wins and a second from four starts that he’ll be out to add to after failing to fire when last (13th) to Hauraki at Randwick in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) last time out.

Stablemate Voodoo Lad meanwhile is in outstanding form this season, the five-year-old having won three of his past four starts including the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) on Caulfield Cup Day.

Weir has a total of six Longines Mile (Cantala Stakes) entries with recent Black-Type winner Ulmann, Stratum Star, French import Lidari and Toorak Handicap fourth placegetter Royal Rapture rounding out his hopefuls.

Sydney’s Chris Waller has won two of the past five editions of the old Cantala Stakes with Albert The Fat (2011) and Boban (2013).

He is in the mix this season with five entries including Moonga Stakes fourth placegetter Good Project, last Saturday’s Group 3 Coongy Cup winner Vanbrugh and Epsom Handicap third placed Pins four-year-old Mackintosh.

The 2016 Longines Mile final field and barrier draw is set for release on October 26, at 9:30am (AEDT).

Before then make sure you check out futures betting on all the Melbourne Cup Carnival features open at Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Enhanced Odds (T&Cs apply).

2016 Longines Mile (Cantala Stakes) Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 29/10/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 111x ABBEY MARIE M 4 Michael Kent 96
2 77×0002152 AKAVOROUN G 7 Ciaron Maher 99
3 x0420x0155 AWESOME ROCK H 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 109
4 9x960x3116 BON AURUM H 4 Ciaron Maher 105
5 2311118×35 DANISH TWIST M 5 Kris Lees 104
6 044106x0x0 DESERT JEUNEY G 7 Nigel Blackiston 98
7 3x1210x511 DON’T DOUBT MAMMA M 4 Tony McEvoy 105
8 7x0955x307 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 99
9 2x1442x233 FEDERAL G 5 John O’Shea 99
10 26x1240x51 FIRST SEAL M 5 John P Thompson 110
11 121x377x04 GOOD PROJECT H 5 Chris Waller 105
12 0007071162 GREAT ESTEEM G 6 Stuart Webb 100
13 x2018x7323 HE OR SHE G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
14 31122×4167 HEAVENS ABOVE M 5 Tim Martin 103
15 x41211x111 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 108
16 1240×1113 HEY DOC G 3 Tony McEvoy
17 0x16415x40 HOPFGARTEN G 6 Robert Heathcote 105
18 21201×3112 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 4 Johno Benner
19 5×11828447 JACQUINOT BAY G 9 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 102
20 12217×2225 LE ROMAIN G 4 Kris Lees 108
21 900x1xD2x0 LIDARI (FR) H 8 Darren Weir 102
22 4101110×13 MACKINTOSH (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 103
23 x21x625116 MCCREERY (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 100
24 x040412201 MR INDIVIDUAL H 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 84
25 x7212x4510 PALENTINO H 4 Darren Weir 111
26 3217111114 ROYAL RAPTURE G 7 Darren Weir 103
27 1216×4542 SEABURGE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
28 32x145x227 SINGING (FR) H 7 Kris Lees 97
29 7236033×85 STRATUM STAR H 5 Darren Weir 109
30 11246×3449 TASHBEEH H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 97
31 610x5212x6 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 7 Robert Hickmott 111
32 x4651818x1 THUNDER FANTASY H 6 Anthony Cummings 107
33 08x461x263 TIVACI H 4 Michael Moroney 99
34 1x110x2662 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 97
35 7203×52284 TORGERSEN (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 89
36 689×211521 ULMANN G 5 Darren Weir 98
37 10×2014121 VADAMOS (FR) H 6 Andre Fabre
38 x0649x5491 VANBRUGH H 4 Chris Waller 104
39 x121231121 VOODOO LAD G 5 Darren Weir 108
40 49x2515x05 ZANBAGH M 6 John P Thompson 100


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