2022 Australian Cup Nominations Feature Verry Elleegant

February 1, 2022

2022 Australian Cup Nominations Feature Verry Elleegant

Nominations for the 2022 Australian Cup at Flemington on ‘Super Saturday’, March 12, are now out with Chris Waller’s Melbourne Cup hero Verry Elleegant among the 56 early entries for the weight-for-age showdown.

Verry Elleegant (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Chris Waller’s outstanding 2021 Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant is the headline 2022 Australian Cup nominee for the autumn. Photo: Steve Hart.

Verry Elleegant is gearing up for her highly-anticipated autumn return and is already among the favourites for a host of events including the Group 1 $1.5 million Australian Cup (2000m).

The famous daughter of Zed took her elite level wins into double-figures on the first Tuesday of November last year winning the Group 1 $7.75 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) in emphatic fashion by four lengths at $18.

The stable is now plotting out her autumn targets that could include a trip south, but are more likely to see the $14 million earner remain in Sydney looking to defend her title in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Randwick and Rosehill respectively.

The bookies are keeping her safe in all-in Australian Cup betting however with the six-year-old at a current quote of $10 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Narrow favourite at $9 Australian Cup odds is the now Peter Moody-trained Spanish Mission, third to Verry Elleegant in the Melbourne Cup trifecta when still prepared by the UK’s Andrew Balding.

A talented Noble Mission entire, Spanish Mission went to the Moody camp post-Melbourne Cup and was last seen running fourth in the Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) as the beaten odds-on favourite.

In a wide-open early market, the other chances equal with Verry Elleegant on $10 are Delphi and the Annabel Neasham-trained Zaaki.

Galileo entire Delphi, winner of the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m), represents last year’s winning trainers Anthony & Sam Freedman who took out the 2021 Australian Cup with Homesman.

The five-year-old was last seen running seventh in the Melbourne Cup, his only previous Flemington assignment heading into the autumn.

The Freedmans have also nominated for veteran eight-year-old Steel Prince and another European expat Sinawann who resumed with a second to Marabi in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley last Saturday.

Zaaki meanwhile was one of the spruik gallopers last spring, but was forced out of his shot at the Cox Plate trophy on race morning due to an elevated temperature.

The Underwood Stakes winning seven-year-old was quick to atone, scoring connections a consolation prize in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The Lindsay Park stable have prepared four of the past seven Australian Cup winners including three straight thanks to the back-to-back victories by Harlem (2018, 2019) followed by Fifty Stars (2020).

With Tom Dabernig now out on his own and David Hayes back overseas, it is Ben & JD Hayes now in charge of the operation who have four Australian Cup nominations this year.

The Lindsay Park contingent is headlined by ultra-consistent Bullbars four-year-old Mr Brightside, a winner of six of his nine starts to date.

Winner of the Seymore Cup over the Ballarat mile, Mr Brightside was last seen running a quarter-length back fourth in a blanket finish behind Superstorm at HQ in the Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m).

Godolphin’s Mackinnon Stakes runner-up Cascadian who won last year’s Doncaster Mile in Sydney and Ciaron Maher & David Eustace’s French import Normandy Bridge are among the other standout Australian Cup nominees.

Along with Cascadian trainer James Cummings has also entered class mare Colette, gun Caulfield Guineas winner Anamoe and Victoria Derby runner-up Alegron.

The 2022 Australian Cup first acceptances close on Tuesday the 22nd of March and the latest markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au can be accessed by clicking here.

2022 Australian Cup Nominations

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 025x15432x ALEGRON G 3 James Cummings
2 121x1212x3 ANAMOE C 3 James Cummings
3 6538x2500x ANGEL OF TRUTH G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
4 21223x117x CALLSIGN MAV (NZ) G 5 Danny O’Brien
5 13x545432x CASCADIAN (GB) G 7 James Cummings
6 421x40030x CEPHEUS (GB) G 5 Matthew Dunn
7 454x65118x COLETTE M 5 James Cummings
8 x621321x8x CONVERGE G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
9 0x77027221 DARK DREAM G 7 Ben & JD Hayes
10 1x6x42107x DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman
11 1121x3610x DUAIS M 4 Edward Cummings
12 x224x0221x DUKE OF CONDICOTE (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
13 73x131416x EARLSWOOD (GB) H 4 Maddie Raymond
14 33128x EL PATRONESS F 3 Danny O’Brien
15 111x12183x ELEPHANT (NZ) G 5 Emma-Lee & David Browne
16 265x83123x ENTENTE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
17 88x311615x FORGOT YOU (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
18 4230x8019x GRANDSLAM G 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
19 327515510x GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
20 706x151x HITOTSU C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
21 48850x381x HO HO KHAN (NZ) H 7 Mitchell Freedman
22 111x84837x HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller
23 9x35x1338x IN HER HONOUR (ARG) M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
24 1131112x5x INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) M 6 Danny O’Brien
25 x1111x900x IRONCLAD (GB) G 6 Will Clarken
26 511x90970x KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
27 18x2242x6x MAXIMAL (GB) H 4 John O’Shea
28 x21111114x MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) G 4 Ben & JD Hayes
29 53x4x11x0x NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE) G 6 Peter G Moody
30 116×363211 NICOLINI VITO G 4 Ben & JD Hayes
31 112x470x NORMANDY BRIDGE (FR) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
32 2233×09142 PARRY SOUND G 6 Bjorn Baker
33 510x06000x PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes
34 7x5030x224 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) G 6 John Thompson
35 348x84972x ROCK G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
36 27x055167x SECRET BLAZE G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
37 38x552455x SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
38 24x371970x SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker
39 117×1 SILENT IMPACT G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
40 2x343x61x2 SINAWANN (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman
41 2513x2x34x SPANISH MISSION (USA) H 6 Peter G Moody
42 5x151x SPIRIT OF GAYLARD (NZ) C 3 Mitchell Freedman
43 x03310x49x STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 8 Anthony & Sam Freedman
44 91x211x SUREFIRE (GB) H 4 Chris Waller
45 415x290x9x SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 7 Gavin Bedggood
46 9x5211143x TARAMANSOUR (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani
47 606x34205x THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
48 14x613111x THINK IT OVER G 6 Kerry Parker
49 6x13624x3x TOP RANKED (IRE) H 6 Annabel Neasham
50 11x221x1 TUVALU G 4 Lindsey Smith
51 112x21431x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller
52 510x42133x WENTWOOD (GB) G 7 Maddie Raymond
53 10x2x8 WORTHILY (USA) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
54 1215x1682x YONKERS (USA) G 6 Chris Waller
55 75232x528x YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 4 Danny O’Brien
56 D111x1131x ZAAKI (GB) G 7 Annabel Neasham

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