Ciaron Maher & David Eustace’s last start...
The Lindsay Park operation have entered the past two champions of the Australian Cup nominating for both Harlem and Fifty Stars for the 2021 edition of the ‘Super Saturday’ feature race.
The stable, now absent the internationally-based David Hayes, has won four of the past six and the last three straight editions of the Group 1 $1.5 million Australian Cup (2000m).
Most recently Fifty Stars (2020) took out the weight-for-age event last Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival on the back of stablemate Harlem’s dual wins in 2018 and 2019.
Both horses feature in the 61 Australian Cup nominations taken by Racing Victoria on Monday for the March 6 showdown at Flemington Racecourse.
With Hayes senior now training out of Hong Kong, his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig have the reins and chase a fourth straight Australian Cup success with the past two champs.
Veteran nine-year-old Harlem is out to make history as the race’s first three-time winner and the first horse to win on non-successive years since Northerly (2001, 2003).
The veteran galloper hasn’t won a race since his second Australian Cup victory however and is unsurprisingly at long all-in Australian Cup odds of $51 through Ladbrokes.com.au to return to his former glory.
Last year’s winner Fifty Stars meanwhile is at a shorter $17 to go back-to-back and emulate his stablemate, the talented Sea The Stars entire last seen running second in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington over the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
It is the WA-trained Mackinnon Stakes winning mare Arcadia Queen installed as the early favourite in futures Australian Guineas betting, the wonderful daughter of Pierro at $7 for Grant & Alana Williams.
Arcadia Queen’s $5 million The All-Star Mile winning stablemate Regal Power is also in the mix for the Perth training duo.
The biggest danger out five-year-old Arcadia Queen recording another Group 1 Flemington win over the 2000m meanwhile is fellow $7 top elect, the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Sir Dragonet.
The imported Camelot entire made headlines last October saluting in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate in his Australian race debut.
Still lightly raced with plenty of upside having had just 11 career runs ahead of the autumn, the five-year-old was last seen running a credible sixth over the two miles behind Twilight Payment in the Melbourne Cup.
Along with Arcadia Queen, the other best fancied mare in the post-nomination Australian Cup markets out to be the first female winner of the race since the mighty Makybe Diva (2005) is the Chris Waller-trained Verry Elleegant ($8).
Waller prepared the 2016 Australian Cup winner Preferment and returns five years on with seven nominations headlined by his $7 million earning Zed mare Verry Elleegant.
She became a six-time Group 1 winner in the spring with her victory in the Caulfield Cup before a last start Melbourne Cup seventh.
Waller’s other notable Australian Cup nominations include Kolding, Funstar, Finche and Humidor who he acquired over the spring.
2021 Australian Cup Nominations
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||413x226x82||AMISH BOY||C||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|2||5756x2593x||ANGEL OF TRUTH||G||5||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|3||05x523151x||ARCADIA QUEEN||M||5||Grant & Alana Williams|
|4||04x241441x||ATTORNEY (FR)||G||6||Matthew Smith|
|5||33x462605x||AVILIUS (GB)||G||7||James Cummings|
|6||x410x5284x||BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB)||G||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|7||34x300922x||BEST OF DAYS (GB)||G||7||James Cummings|
|8||19x440825x||CASCADIAN (GB)||G||6||James Cummings|
|11||312x131x0||COGNAC (IRE)||H||4||Richard & Michael Freedman|
|13||x4x1x1736x||COLLIDE (GB)||H||6||Kris Lees|
|14||140x21121x||CONCERT HALL (NZ)||M||6||Roger James & Robert Wellwood|
|15||x1x00x044x||DADOOZDART (GB)||G||5||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|16||111212×511||DEFIBRILLATE (NZ)||G||6||Patrick Payne|
|17||x411x8352x||FIFTY STARS (IRE)||H||6||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes|
|18||1257x3359x||FINCHE (GB)||G||7||Chris Waller|
|20||1253x6133x||FUTURE SCORE (IRE)||G||6||Matt Cumani|
|21||517x4230x||GRANDSLAM||C||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|22||x40280115x||GREYSFUL GLAMOUR||M||5||Mark Newnham|
|23||49x768254x||HARLEM (GB)||G||9||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes|
|24||113x40x||HEART OF PUISSANCE||H||4||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|25||x085x1230x||HUMIDOR (NZ)||G||8||Chris Waller|
|26||5x2114x09x||IRONCLAD (GB)||G||5||Will Clarken|
|27||6133x||JET PROPULSION||C||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|28||37x311918x||JUNIPAL||G||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|29||13124x||KINGSHEIR (GB)||G||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|30||778x02110x||KOLDING (NZ)||G||5||Chris Waller|
|31||10x443125x||LE DON DE VIE (GB)||G||5||Anthony & Sam Freedman|
|32||114x04508x||MASTER OF WINE (GER)||G||6||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|33||4x4066107x||MIAMI BOUND (NZ)||M||4||Danny O’Brien|
|34||643x74108x||MIRAGE DANCER (GB)||H||7||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|35||1180x07x0x||MISS SISKA||M||7||Matthew Smith|
|36||4123x6525x||MOONLIGHT MAID||M||4||Mitchell Freedman|
|37||232213x41x||MOUNT POPA (IRE)||G||6||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|38||6x4510211x||NEUFBOSC (FR)||G||6||Neville Parnham|
|39||075100x28x||NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ)||G||7||Archie Alexander|
|41||x313x21x5x||PAPPALINO (FR)||H||5||Archie Alexander|
|42||3x0011455x||PATHS OF GLORY (GB)||G||6||Richard & Michael Freedman|
|44||61x421x90x||REGAL POWER||G||5||Grant & Alana Williams|
|45||0x11251x31||SACRAMENTO||G||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|46||38x513883x||SAN HUBERTO (IRE)||H||5||Matt Cumani|
|47||03x092527x||SHARED AMBITION (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller|
|48||11210x110x||SIERRA SUE (NZ)||M||4||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|49||x2x222x16x||SIR DRAGONET (IRE)||H||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|50||32x522621x||SOUND (GER)||H||8||Michael Moroney|
|51||441301x79x||SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE)||G||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|52||679x03310x||STEEL PRINCE (IRE)||G||7||Anthony & Sam Freedman|
|53||221x58203x||TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ)||M||4||Chris Waller|
|54||x522x1132x||TOSCANINI||C||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|55||416526×512||VASSILATOR (NZ)||G||5||Colin Little|
|56||65x532210x||VEGAS KNIGHT||G||4||Colin Little|
|57||212x14117x||VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ)||M||5||Chris Waller|
|58||5633x7600x||WARNING||G||4||Anthony & Sam Freedman|
|59||10x39x0x42||WOLFE (JPN)||G||6||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|60||19x17x780x||YOUNG RASCAL (FR)||G||6||Archie Alexander|
|61||123x||YOUNG WERTHER (NZ)||G||3||Danny O’Brien|
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