Nominations for the Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) were taken on Monday morning, with 35 potential stayers declaring for the race. The $200,000 race is the stand-alone feature on the Saturday program at Ballarat Racecourse.
Headlining the nominations is the Michael Kent-trained Epingle, who is set to back-up from Sandown on Saturday. The seven-year-old filly finished a close second to Au Revoir in the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) and is still searching for her first spring win after a luckless campaign.
Epingle has performed consistently this season but a win continues to elude the mare. She finished just outside the placings in fourth place in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m), Listed Cranbourne Cup (2025m), and Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) before her runner-up finish in the 2014 Zipping Classic.
She definitely has the talent and determination to win the 2014 Ballarat Cup but will she be able to hold off a competitive list of rivals that includes the likes of Count Of Limonade, Massiyn, Pheidon, Scratchy Bottom and Spinderbella?
Count Of Limonade is one of two horses nominated by trainer Mick Price along with Tango’s Daughter.
Five-year-old entire Count Of Limonade has placed in nine of his 16 career starts which included a win in the Moe Cup (2050m) on October 16. However he missed out on placings in his two listed starts this season – the Listed Tokyo City Cup (1800m) and Listed Bendigo Cup (2400m).
Tango’s Daughter has also been luckless during her spring campaign, just missing out on a placing her last two times out in the Group 3 Eliza Park International Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Momentum Energy Stakes (2000m). Before that she finished third in the Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m).
Robert Hickmott’s Massiyn was runner-up in the Bendigo Cup last time out, missing out on the win by just a nose to Bring Something. The six-year-old horse may outclass his rivals after running in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 11, in which he finished third last to Fawkner.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Pheidon is in-form following three consecutive first three finishes. The four-year-old began by winning the City Jeep Handicap (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 24 before a minor placing in the Listed Cup Day Plate (1800m) on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington. The gelding then ran in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown on Saturday, finishing a very close second to Zabisco.
Michael Kent’s Scratchy Bottom has had a less than stellar spring season but let’s not forget about the mare’s autumn campaign in which she found Group One success at Morphettville. After scoring a minor placing in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m), Scratchy Bottom finished just a nose off the win in the Group 1 South Australia Derby (2500m).
She had her best result this preparation in the Group 2 Momentum Energy Stakes (2000m), finishing sixth, after stepping down to the mile in her two previous starts. The mare is a proven winner over 2000 metres so should find the 2014 Ballarat Cup a breeze.
Spinderella is one of two horses representing Robert Smerdon in the Ballarat Cup nominations, and the trainer’s best chance. The mare is a last start winner of the LF Sign Group Handicap (2040m) on October 24 at Moonee Valley. She’s won more than half her nine career starts but this will be her first black-type race.
That’s just some of the talent on show in the 2014 Ballarat Cup nominations, check out the full 35 below.
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2014 Ballarat Cup Nominations
|1||AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE)||Darren Weir||92|
|2||BRING BACK||Mark Ashby||73|
|3||CADEL TRIOMPHE (NZ)||Colin Little||68|
|4||CADILLAC MOUNTAIN||Peter G Moody||75|
|5||COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE)||Mick Price||96|
|6||ELECTRIC FUSION||Robert Smerdon||88|
|7||EPINGLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||102|
|9||FAT AL||Peter G Moody||98|
|10||GREAT LANE||Symon Wilde||75|
|11||HAPPY AS HELL||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||81|
|12||HURDY GURDY MAN||Darren Weir||95|
|14||IN MASQUERADE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||72|
|15||MASSIYN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||93|
|16||MASTER’S DEGREE||Steven Lake||74|
|17||MOBACO (FR)||Darren Weir||92|
|18||MOTIVADO (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||84|
|19||MUJADALE||Paul A Jones||88|
|20||PHANTOM BREW (NZ)||Colin Little||78|
|23||SCRATCHY BOTTOM||Michael Kent||80|
|24||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Mitchell Freedman||81|
|26||ST ISSEY (NZ)||Pat Hyland||73|
|27||SYSMO (FR)||Tony McEvoy||93|
|29||TANGO’S DAUGHTER||Mick Price||94|
|31||THE INVENTOR||Bevan Laming||90|
|32||TUSCAN FIRE||Dan O’Sullivan||98|
|33||VILANOVA (NZ)||Chris Waller||95|
|34||WALTZING TO WIN||David Huxtable||82|
|35||YOU THINK SO (NZ)||Michael Kent||84|