2012 Melbourne Cup Nominations Draw 151

September 5th, 2012

Melbourne Cup 2012 nominations have been released this week ahead of the world’s richest handicap running as Flemington Race 7 on Tuesday November 6, and 151 gallopers make up the early entries – down 12 on last year.

Known fondly as ‘the race that stops a nation’ Flemington Race 7, the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) is again shaping up as an intriguing affair with 23 international entries.

Among the Melbourne Cup nominations for 2012 are three previous winners of Flemington Race 7 with the French-trained duo of Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011), along with great old stayer Efficient (2007).

If the Lloyd Williams-owned Zabeel nine-year-old Efficient, last seen running second to Niwot in the Sydney Cup over the two miles at Randwick back in April, pulls off a miracle Melbourne Cup win this year he will became the oldest Melbourne Cup winner in history snaring the record from eight-year-olds Toryboy (1865) and Catalogue (1938).

Efficient kicks off his 2012 Melbourne Cup bid this Saturday in the Makybe Diva Stakes over the Flemington mile.

Many of the world’s leading trainers are represented in this year’s Melbourne Cup nominations including the UK’s Luca Cumani.

Having twice prepared a Melbourne Cup runner-up with Purple Moon (2007) and Bauer (2008), Cumani is out again for that elusive victory with his team led by Mount Athos.

The Montjeu gelding is also the early Melbourne Cup betting favourite at bookies aroundAustralia including bookmaker.com.au at a quote of around $15.

Cumani’s other major Melbourne Cup hopeful this year is then the OTI-owned Quest For Peace.

The Terry Henderson-directed Australian racing syndicate OTI have been on a serious hunt for Melbourne Cup talent leading up to this year’s race, with their other big name entry being the John Gosden-trained Gatewood.

Quest For Peace and Gatewood have been nominated for the Melbourne Cup on the back of running first and third respectively in the Group 3 Glorious Stakes (2414m) at Goodwood early last month.

Another famed international horseman out for glory in Flemington Race 7 this November is then Irishman Dermot Weld.

A dual Melbourne Cup winning trainer having prepared the first ever overseas-trained winner of the ‘Loving Trophy’ with Vintage Crop back in 1993, Weld also prepared 2002 Melbourne Cup champ Media Puzzle.

For 2012 Weld has nominated four three hopefuls with Rite Of Passage, Sapphire and the best fancied of his contingent Galileo’s Choice who won the Group 3 Ballyroan Stakes earlier this year.

Other notable international raiders heading down under for the Melbourne Cup this spring then include last year’s runner-up Red Cadeaux who lost by the narrowest of margins in the race’s history, and Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Colour Vision who won the Ascot Gold Cup.

Colour Vision is one of four entries for overseas racing powerhouse Goldophin out again in force this year to break their Melbourne Cup duck, their other more noteworthy entry being Ebor Handicap winner Willing Foe who is still in danger of missing out on a spot in the 24-horse Melbourne Cup field.

Australian-trained gallopers high up the Melbourne Cup odds then include last year’s Caulfield Cup runner-up Green Moon and the Anthony Freedman-trained Doomben Cp winner Mawingo.

Freedman, brother of five-time Melbourne Cup winning trainer Lee Freedman, also has the likes of Val Champ and Fruehling heading towards the race as he looks to improve on his third place with Lucas Cranach last year.

Also among the Aussie-trained Melbourne Cup hopefuls are the Bart Cummings-trained import Sanagas and Illo – Cummings out for his incredible 13th Melbourne Cup victory, surprise entry More Joyous who is more likely to run in the Cox Plate only this spring,

Melbourne Cup late entries will close on Tuesday September 11 followed by the 2012 Melbourne Cup first acceptances being taken on October 9.

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2012 Melbourne Cup Nominations

Flemington Race 7 – 06/11/2012

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 AAIM TO PROSPER (IRE) Brian Meehan
2 ALI VITAL (NZ) Michael Moroney
3 ALIYANA TILDE Kerry Parker
4 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre
5 ANGOLA Pat Carey
6 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 91
7 ARALDO (GB) Paul Harley
8 AULD BURNS (GB) David Hayes 82
9 BACK IN BLACK (NZ) John Steffert
10 BIANMICK Michael Brady 85
11 BRAVE THE WAY Anthony Cummings
12 BRIGANTIN (USA) Andre Fabre
13 BUDAI (GER) David Hayes 94
14 BUXTED (IRE) Sam Pritchard-Gordon 89
15 CAVALRYMAN (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor
16 CHASE THE RAINBOW Rick Hore-Lacy 98
17 CLASS IS CLASS (IRE) Chris Waller
18 COLISEO Norm Gardner
19 COLOUR VISION (FR) Saeed Bin Suroor
20 COMMISSION (NZ) Bart Cummings
21 CUBAN SUNDAY Pat Carey 95
22 DAME CLAIRE (NZ) Pat Carey 91
23 DANCE WITH HER David Brideoake & David Feek 103
24 DARE TO DREAM (IRE) Bart Cummings
25 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 112
26 DIAMOND HUNTER (NZ) Bart Cummings
27 DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ) Lee Freedman & Graeme Rogerson 88
28 DRAGONZONE Bart Cummings 69
29 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Michael Moroney 108
30 DUBOSC (NZ) Ciaron Maher 62
31 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles
32 EFFICIENT (NZ) Robert Hickmott 112
33 ERUPTIOUS (NZ) Michael Kent 85
34 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey
35 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 95
36 EXCLUDED (NZ) Robert Hickmott 92
37 FAT AL Gai Waterhouse 98
39 FIORENTE (IRE) Michael Stoute
40 FRUEHLING (IRE) Anthony Freedman 82
42 GATEWOOD (GB) John Gosden
43 GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE) Gai Waterhouse
44 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 108
45 GUNS AT FIVE (NZ) Peter G Moody 89
46 HARTANI (IRE) John Oxx
47 I HAVE A DREAM (GB) Aidan O’Brien
48 IBICENCO (GER) Luca Cumani
49 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings 104
50 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake & David Feek 91
51 INNOCENT LADY (NZ) Robert Smerdon 91
52 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan
53 JAKKALBERRY (IRE) Marco Botti
54 JEROBOAM (NZ) Ciaron Maher 62
55 JUKEBOX JURY (IRE) Mark Johnston 115
56 JULIENAS (IRE) Gai Waterhouse
57 KEITH’S LEGACY (NZ) David Vandyke
58 KELINNI (IRE) Chris Waller
59 KING DIAMOND Peter G Moody 95
60 LAMASERY David Vandyke
61 LE BARON (NZ) Jarrod McLean 76
62 LE ROI (GER) Tony McEvoy
63 LEICA DING Darren Weir 101
64 LESS IS MORE (FR) David Vandyke
65 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody
66 LINTON John Sadler 108
67 LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor
68 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
69 MANIGHAR (FR) Peter G Moody 118
70 MANY STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings
71 MARGINS Ben Currie
72 MAWINGO (GER) Anthony Freedman 109
73 MAYTHEHORSEBEMAGIC (NZ) Michael Moroney 89
74 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 110
75 MISS ARTISTIC (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 97
76 MISS CRISSY (IRE) Darren Weir
77 MONT DANE Bart Cummings 58
78 MORE JOYOUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
79 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 104
80 MOUNT ATHOS (IRE) Luca Cumani
81 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 108
82 MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB) Jim Conlan 102
83 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 90
84 MY CHICHARITA (NZ) Michael Moroney 82
85 MY DANCING DUEL (NZ) Michael Moroney 57
86 NEVER FORGET (FR) Peter G Moody 97
87 NEXTANIX Kerry Parker
88 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
89 NORSQUI Walter McShane 99
90 PEAL OF BELLS Gwenda Markwell
91 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller
92 PLANET PURPLE Kerry Parker
93 POLISH KNIGHT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 101
94 PRAIRIE STAR (FR) Danny O’Brien
95 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 103
96 PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE) Darren Weir 78
97 QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) Luca Cumani
99 RAPIDUS (NZ) Bart Cummings
100 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 112
101 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Michael Moroney 80
102 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 95
103 RIALYA Lloyd Kennewell
104 RITE OF PASSAGE (GB) Dermot K Weld
105 ROSELLO (GER) Leon Corstens 87
106 RUSTICATED John Sadler 89
107 SABRAGE Michael Moroney 94
108 SAGHANN (IRE) Anthony Freedman
109 SAINT DESIR (GB) Tony McEvoy
110 SANAGAS (GER) Bart Cummings 108
111 SAPPHIRE (IRE) Dermot K Weld
112 SAPTAPADI (IRE) Jim Conlan 89
113 SEA GALLEON Colin & Cindy Alderson 93
114 SEAN BAILE MOR Todd Balfour 78
115 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott 106
116 SHAHWARDI (FR) Alain de Royer Dupre
117 SHARALAM (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 72
118 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney 102
119 SHEWAN Robert Smerdon 101
120 SIMPRE ARRIBA (NZ) Ciaron Maher 65
121 SINGLE MINDED (NZ) Graham Richardson 99
122 SNEAK A PEEK (ITY) Peter G Moody 104
123 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 113
124 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens
125 STOUT HEARTED (USA) Chris Waller
126 STRAWBERRY BOY Gai Waterhouse
127 SYSMO (FR) Tony McEvoy
128 TAC DE BOISTRON (FR) Michael Kent
129 TANBY Robert Hickmott 101
130 TENNO (NZ) Michael Kent 76
131 THE CHEVRON (NZ) John Sadler 71
132 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller
133 THUBIAAN (USA) Chris Waller
134 THY (NZ) Peter G Moody 88
135 TOHUNGA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
136 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 104
137 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes
138 UNDER THE SUN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
139 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 105
140 VAL CHAMP (ARG) Anthony Freedman 100
141 VATUVEI Peter G Moody 82
142 VERDANT (GB) Robert Smerdon 82
143 VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody 110
144 WATERFORD HILL Leon Corstens 75
145 WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 102
146 WILLING FOE (USA) Saeed Bin Suroor
147 WINCHESTER (USA) John Sadler 111
148 YOU THINK SO (NZ) Michael Kent 77
149 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens 101
150 ZAMERIT (NZ) Anthony Cummings
151 ZURELLA (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 95