Tosen Stardom Tops 2018 Australian Cup Nominations

January 31, 2018

Tosen Stardom Tops 2018 Australian Cup Nominations

Darren Weir’s last start Emirates Stakes winner Tosen Stardom is one of the headline Australian Cup 2018 nominations taken by Racing Victoria this week.

Tosen Stardom

Dual Group 1 winning Japanese import Tosen Stardom is one of three Darren Weir-trained 2018 Australian Cup Nominations this autumn. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

One of two elite level autumn races contested at Flemington on March 10 for Super Saturday, this season’s Group 1 $1.5 million Australian Cup (2000m) drew 53 early entries.

Heading the pre-field Australian Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is gun Japanese import Tosen Stardom ($6) for Weir who won the weight-for-age event last year with Humidor (2017).

A seven-year-old son of Deep Impact, Tosen Stardom is a dual elite level winner down under having taken out the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) in Melbourne over the spring.

Weir has a total of three Australian Cup nominees this Melbourne Festival of Racing also entering his Caulfield Stakes winning French import Gailo Chop and $2.4 million Humidor who pay $11 and $9 respectively in futures betting.

Kiwi expat Humidor defends his Australian Cup title having saluted in the race last year as a four-year-old, the son of Teofilo also winning Flemington’s Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) in the spring.

Humidor held his own when second to super star mare Winx in last year’s Ladbrokes Cox Plate, but was found out last start when stepped up to the two miles for a 19th to Rekindling in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Australian Cup history is against Humidor this Super Saturday however with the last back-to-back winner being the great Vo Rogue (1989-1990).

The Lloyd Williams-owned Melbourne Cup winning Irish raider Rekindling is also among the Australian Cup nominations, the lightly-raced champion now prepared at Mt. Macedon in Victoria by Liam Howley.

A four-year-old son of High Chaparral, Rekindling debuted down under in the ‘Race That Stops A Nation’ defeating the fellow Irish-trained Johannes Vermeer and Max Dynamite.

Melbourne Cup runner-up Johannes Vermeer has also remained in Australia with Howley and Team Williams who have the Australian Cup in sight for the ultra-consistent entire.

Prior to his eye-catching second in the world’s richest handicap, Johannes Vermeer also finished second and third respectively in the Caulfield Stakes (2000m) and Caulfield Cup (2400m) last October.

The David Hayes-led Lindsay Park operation meanwhile have a stranglehold on the Australian Cup entries numbers-wise with 13 nominees.

Hayes chases his fourth win in the race, his latest victory being with Spillway in 2015.

There are also 14 three-year-olds nominated for this season’s Australian Cup, the last of that age group to succeed being Super Cool (2013).

Among the standout youngsters in the mix are Tavistock colt Salsamor last seen running third to the filly Aloisia in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase and the fellow Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained VRC Derby runner-up Sully.

The Australian Cup 2018 first acceptances close on February 20, 2018 and early betting is now open at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2018 Australian Cup Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 10/03/2018

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 400x72586x ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent
2 111x21402x ALMANDIN (GER) G 8 Liam Howley
3 9x12x1397x ALOFT (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley
4 0x24x45x0x AMBITIOUS (JPN) H 6 Anthony Freedman
5 1111x1160x BONNEVAL (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
6 6x129x233 CALCULATED C 3 Chris Waller
7 5338x1160x COMIN’ THROUGH G 4 Chris Waller
8 11×1 D’ARGENTO C 3 Chris Waller
9 23328×1342 DEVISE (NZ) M 4 Shaune Ritchie
10 17x425659x ESHTIRAAK G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
11 7x0143150x GAILO CHOP (FR) G 7 Darren Weir
12 6754×05133 GOLDEN MANE G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
13 86x515867x HARLEM (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
14 4340x4687x HARLOW GOLD (NZ) M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
15 822x12290x HARTNELL (GB) G 7 James Cummings
16 747x46880x HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
17 2x412153x HOMESMAN (USA) G 4 Liam Howley
18 2x6813520x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir
19 126x69650x INFERENCE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
20 4339332215 JACQUINOT BAY G 10 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
21 45712x232x JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley
22 311x KAONIC (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller
23 11x KENTUCKY BREEZE G 3 Levi Kavanagh
24 1x1661x LEVENDI C 3 Peter Gelagotis
25 x515x2114x LORD FANDANGO (GER) H 5 Archie Alexander
26 3x212135x MAIN STAGE (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
27 6x122x5 MEROVEE C 3 Chris Waller
28 133x9152x MURAAQEB C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
29 213x00118x ODEON (NZ) G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
30 6×32122 PERSIAN EMPIRE (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
31 21983839×8 PETROLOGY G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
32 x6202720x2 PRIZED ICON H 4 Kris Lees
33 0x1401241x REKINDLING (GB) H 4 Liam Howley
34 12x2273x SALSAMOR (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
35 423040×314 SAVVY DREAMS (NZ) M 4 Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen
36 060x0057x7 SEABURGE H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
37 11x322114x SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
38 x090x56111 SINGING (FR) H 8 Kris Lees
39 12x054420x SINGLE GAZE M 5 Nick Olive
40 1106x7354x SPECTROSCOPE (USA) G 5 James Cummings
41 204x77x52x SPIRITJIM (FR) H 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
42 212411x13x STAMPEDE H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
43 23x11432x SULLY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
44 1111×22034 SUPPLY AND DEMAND G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
45 446925041x THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 4 Liam Howley
46 22x536181x TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir
47 49x431x16x VALIANT SPIRIT G 3 Daniel Williams
48 41x00x0479 VELOX (GB) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
49 1x5x76200x VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
50 11x13118x1 WAIT A SEC (NZ) G 7 Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen
51 4x3x1 WEAPON C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
52 3059x1153x WHEAL LEISURE M 4 Archie Alexander
53 x6822063x3 WYNDSPELLE (NZ) H 4 Michael Kent

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