2021 Australian Cup Nominations Feature Past Champions

January 19, 2021

2021 Australian Cup Nominations Feature Past Champions

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.

Fifty Stars Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Fifty Stars is one of two past champions for Lindsay Park nominated for the 2021 Australian Cup. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

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.

Australian Cup first acceptances close at midday on Tuesday the 16th of February, 2021 with the latest all-in markets on the event available in full here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

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
9 11x1348x CHAILLOT M 4 Archie Alexander
10 3125x2193x CHAPADA G 5 Michael Moroney
11 312x131x0 COGNAC (IRE) H 4 Richard & Michael Freedman
12 1111x0561x COLETTE M 4 James Cummings
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
19 2142x6220x FUNSTAR M 4 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
40 1121x3719x NONCONFORMIST G 4 Grahame Begg
41 x313x21x5x PAPPALINO (FR) H 5 Archie Alexander
42 3x0011455x PATHS OF GLORY (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman
43 35x269635x PLATOON G 5 Neville Parnham
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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