Nominations & Weights – 2011 Sydney Cup

March 23rd, 2011

The 2011 Sydney Cup is exactly a month away and there are still 85 nominations listed for the Group 1 event worth half a million dollars.

The Sydney Cup is still run over the full 3200m distance making it one of the favourites with punters and giving a sneak peak at a couple of the runners who will no doubt line up in the Melbourne Cup later in the year.

With that in mind there are a few former Melbourne Cup runners at the top of the nominations including the top weight Descarado.

The Gai Waterhouse trained runner won the Caulfield Cup last year and has recorded two second placings at Group 1 weight-for-age level since then including a narrow loss to Zavite last start.

That was the first race Zavite has won in a long time and he’s finished well out of the placings in the Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup as well as last year’s Sydney Cup.

Still, Zavite is the second highest rated runner and will 57.5kgs to carry in the 2011 Sydney Cup.

The mare with the heaviest weight is another Gai Waterhouse trained runner Once Were Wild.

She’s equal fourth on the order of entry and has a modest enough 52.5kg weight.

In terms of overseas runners the Irish and British bred Hawk Island and Illustrious Blue have 54.5kgs whilst the New Zealand import Showcause has 52kg after running second in the Group 1 Auckland Cup.

Make sure you stay tuned for further updates as the nominations are trimmed down to the final starting field mid-way through April.

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2011 Sydney Cup Nominations

No Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Handicapper Rating
1 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 1 58 115
2 ZAVITE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 2 57.5 114
3 LINTON Robert Hickmott 3 55 109
4 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller =4 54.5 108
5 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) David Payne =4 54.5 108
6 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Robert Hickmott =7 53.5 106
7 SPEED GIFTED (GB) Lee Freedman =7 53.5 106
8 LORNE DANCER Gai Waterhouse 9 53 105
9 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse =4 52.5 108
10 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott =10 52 103
11 SHOWCAUSE Frank Ritchie =10 52 102
12 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Lee Freedman =12 51.5 100
13 LARRY’S NEVER LATE (NZ) Jim Conlan =12 51.5 101
14 MUIR (GB) Robert Hickmott =12 51.5 100
15 TINSELTOWN (NZ) Michael Moroney =12 51.5 101
16 FAST FUTURE (NZ) Russell Cameron 16 51 99
17 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 17 51 98
18 CEDARBERG Pat Carey =18 51 97
19 KING DIAMOND Mark Kavanagh =18 51 97
20 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse =18 51 97
21 THE PARTY STAND (NZ) Roger James =18 51 97
22 BID SPOTTER Graeme Rogerson =22 51 96
23 ESKIMO DAN (NZ) Bevan Laming =22 51 96
24 LARISTAN (FR) David Hayes =22 51 96
25 MR TIPSY (NZ) Murray & Bjorn Baker =22 51 96
26 SOLID BILLING Craig Ritchie =22 51 96
27 VIVID VIXEN (NZ) Mick Price =22 51 96
28 MISS KEEPSAKE (NZ) Joseph Pride =28 51 95
29 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson =28 51 95
30 SHAMOLINE WARRIOR Mark Kavanagh =28 51 95
31 STRIKE ONE (GB) Chris Waller =28 51 95
32 SCOUTING WIDE (NZ) Tim Martin 32 51 94
33 BEIJING BOY (NZ) Chris Waller =33 51 93
34 LOOSE CHANGE (NZ) David Haworth =33 51 93
35 VESPER Robert Hickmott =33 51 93
36 ALEXANDER OF HALES (USA) Chris Waller =36 51 92
37 SADDLER’S STORY Robert Smerdon =36 51 92
38 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson =38 51 91
39 MR CHARLIE (NZ) Peter G Moody =38 51 91
40 FAZZA (NZ) Jeff Lynds =40 51 89
41 MISS DARCEY Anthony Cummings =40 51 89
42 MONTAHLIA (NZ) Michael Kent =40 51 89
43 ROI D’JEU (NZ) Shaune Ritchie =40 51 89
44 SCOTTISH BORDER Garry Frazer =40 51 89
45 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 45 51 88
46 PERGOLA (NZ) Colin & Cindy Alderson =46 51 87
47 ZARA DANCER (NZ) Bruce Wallace =46 51 87
48 ZAUBERIN Russell Cameron =46 51 87
49 DOOSRA DIAMOND Bob Challis =49 51 86
50 RUBINACCI Tony Vasil =49 51 86
51 DAVCON Heath Conners 51 51 85
52 AJHAR (USA) Lee Freedman =52 51 84
53 BERLIOZ (NZ) David Hayes =52 51 84
54 PLATINUM PASSION Michael Moroney =52 51 84
55 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller =52 51 84
56 HE’S UNDER THE GUN (NZ) Michael Moroney 56 51 83
57 KING LIONHEART Gai Waterhouse 57 51 80
58 GALLANT LADY Lee Freedman =58 51 79
59 OUR CANNAVARO (NZ) Chris Waller =58 51 79
60 OUR SERENA Pat Carey =58 51 79
61 SHADOW MINISTER Garry White =58 51 79
62 ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ) Michael Moroney 62 51 78
63 MARTIAL LAW (IRE) Robert Hickmott =63 51 76
64 SANDBERG Guy Walter =63 51 76
65 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake 65 51 75
66 MOUNT EVEREST Lee Freedman 66 51 74
67 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer =67 51 73
68 MR PONZI (NZ) Joseph Pride =67 51 73
69 WELL HANDLED David Payne =67 51 73
70 GALIZANI John P Thompson =70 51 72
71 GUDERIAN Paul Perry =70 51 72
72 TRIUMPHANT CHOICE Peter G Moody =70 51 72
73 HARMONY (NZ) Peter G Moody =73 51 71
74 POWER TO SURPRISE (NZ) Joseph Pride =73 51 71
75 MARKAB Bart Cummings 75 51 69
76 HALFWAYTOLONDON Ken Callaughan =76 51 67
77 THE PATRIOT Luke Price =76 51 67
78 MR CONSOLIDATOR Leon Corstens 78 51 66
79 POPNAE Guy Walter 79 51 64
80 NAZABEEL (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 80 51 63
81 MUKARRAR David Hayes 81 51 62
82 CYBER CRIME Guy Walter 82 51 60
83 SHOW DANCER (NZ) Bart Cummings 83 51 56
84 DOSTANA (NZ) Bob Thomsen =84 51 55
85 SPACE STATION Bede Murray =84 51 55