Melbourne Cup Horses Top 2017 Geelong Cup Nominations

Geelong Cup 2017 nominations for next Wednesday’s Melbourne Cup lead-up are now out with 14 of the 23 early entries also in the mix for the ‘race that stops a nation’ on the first Tuesday of November.

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton is accepted for Saturday’s Caulfield Cup field and nominated for the 2017 Geelong Cup five days later. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Group 3 $300,000 Geelong Cup (2400m) has produced a number of Melbourne Cup winners over the years including successful international raiders: Media Puzzle (2002), Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) all completing the double.

This season the Geelong Cup nominations are full of stayers chasing a run in the Group 1 $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 7 at Flemington.

The current shortest-priced Geelong Cup nominee in futures Melbourne Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is imported Galileo six-year-old Sir Isaac Newton ($51).

Sir Isaac Newton is one of seven entered for the midweek clash by trainer Robert Hickmott and five-time Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams, but is an unlikely final acceptor.

Instead the galloper is drawn the outside barrier (17 of 17) in the Group 1 $3 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) this Saturday paying a roughie’s price of $51 to improve on his seventh in the same race last spring.

Sir Isaac Newton is also already assured of a start in the capacity 24-starter Melbourne Cup field should connections go that way sitting 20th on the order of entry.

Also inside the top 24 on the Melbourne Cup ballot are fellow Geelong Cup entries Wicklow Brave (18th), Bondi Beach (21st) and the 2016 Sydney Cup winner Gallante (24th) who is right on the cusp.

2017 Geelong Cup Nominees: Where They Sit on Melbourne Cup Ballot

  • Wicklow Brave 18th (54kg)
  • Sir Isaac Newton 20th (54kg)
  • Bondi Beach 21st (54kg)
  • Gallante 24th (53kg)
  • Assign 29th (53kg)
  • Lizzie L’Amour 31st (51.5kg)
  • Aloft 34th (51.5kg)
  • Foundry 36th (51kg includes 1kg penalty)
  • Berisha =37th (50.5kg)
  • Fanatic 40th (50kg)
  • Gallic Chieftain 44th (50kg)
  • Vengeur Masque 45th (50kg)
  • Kellstorm 46th (50kg)
  • Boom Time =50th (52kg)

Wicklow Brave is another Caulfield Cup acceptor thrown into the Geelong Cup nominations, the Williams Mullins-trained Irish raider out to be the first nine-year-old winner of Saturday’s race in history.

The third and final confirmed Caulfield Cup contender this weekend entered for a possible five day turnaround into the Geelong Cup field is the Lindsay Park-trained Boom Time.

The Flying Spur entire was last seen running fourth in the Group 2 Ladbrokes Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) and is an outsider in Caulfield Cup betting through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Outside of Sir Isaac Newton the other bet in early Melbourne Cup odds heading towards the Geelong Cup is the Darren Weir-trained Kellstorm ($67) last seen running third to Caulfield Cup fancy Amelie’s Star in Flemington’s Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m).

The other Hickmott-trained, Williams-owned Geelong Cup nominations this spring meanwhile are: Aloft, Assign, Foundry, Gallante and Our Century.

Standouts among the stablemates include seven-year-old Assign last seen running fourth to Winx in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes and eight-year-old Foundry who won Sydney’s Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) before finishing dead last walking home in the Herbert Power Stakes.

Check out the official Geelong Cup 2017 nominations below, the final field set for release on Monday, before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for all the best spring racing odds and offers.

2017 Geelong Cup Nominations

Geelong Racecourse – 25/10/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 x39x12x139 ALOFT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 100
2 9210x71x04 ASSIGN (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 104
3 x073x00002 BERISHA G 6 Robert Smerdon 98
4 x11x330x90 BONDI BEACH (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 104
5 16510×3934 BOOM TIME H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 102
6 9009370962 CRAFTY CRUISER G 10 Bryce Stanaway 70
7 84260×5046 FANATIC (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 90
8 30x33x2410 FOUNDRY (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott 101
9 x031x270x0 GALLANTE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 101
10 1x3811x763 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 5 Darren Weir 95
11 0x076x0703 GREY LION (IRE) H 6 Matt Cumani 93
12 10×3173551 KAWABATA M 6 Jamie Edwards 75
13 x173511163 KELLSTORM (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 86
14 151021×760 LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 104
15 0x770x0060 MAGICOOL G 6 Tony Romeo 84
16 513x412x04 OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 93
17 6433×70033 SETTLER’S STONE G 6 Troy Blacker 82
18 3311×32211 SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 83
19 4407x5x865 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 104
20 82x542x998 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney 89
21 2434×48321 VIOLATE H 4 Brent Stanley 81
22 1513059×11 WHEAL LEISURE M 4 Archie Alexander 80
23 10×8142444 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 9 William Mullins 106

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