2014 Sydney Cup Nominations Released

April 12th, 2014

A talented field of 53 has been nominated for an appearance in the major Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) in week 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick Racecourse ahead of Tuesday’s final field of 20 and barrier draw.

Sertorius has been included in nominations for the 2014 Sydney Cup

Sertorius has been included in nominations for the 2014 Sydney Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Having returned to the track in career-best form this preparation, Silent Achiever has been included in nominations for both the 2014 Sydney Cup and Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on April 19th.

Yet to be defeated in four starts this preparation alone, Silent Achiever win the Retina Specialist Handicap Open (1500m) first-up before beginning an impressive run of three back-to-back Group 1 victories in the New Zealand Stakes (2000m), Ranvet Stakes (2000m) and The BMW (2000m) most recently.

Trainer Roger James has been understandably delighted by the form the exciting O’reilly has found this time in, and will allow barrier draws and work over the coming days decide a final path for his stable’s star.

Also included in nominations for the 2014 Sydney Cup is talented five-year-old The Offer; confirmed to contest the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) at Royal Randwick this afternoon (April 12th).

The Offer has secured an impressive record of four wins and five places from 15 starts to date, and has returned to the track in strong form this preparation.

While less-than-convincing when sixth in the Australian Turf Club Maiden (1400m) first-up, The Offer produced a strong turn of foot to finish third in the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) on March 15th before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) last time out.

Also confirmed in the final field for the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap, Sertorius has been geared towards an appearance in the 2014 Sydney Cup, and currently appears on the third line of betting in early markets for the major Group 1 at generous $5 odds.

While yet to break through for a victory this season, the Galileo gelding was unlucky to finish second in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) first-up before running on to finish third in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) on March 8th.

Overcoming an early bump to finish a competitive fifth in the Ranvet Stakes, Sertorius was again unlucky when fourth in The BMW last time out, and will offer trainer Jamie Edwards a legitimate chance of success in the Sydney Cup if lining up on a sturdy track.

Yet to claim a victory on Australian tracks, talented Irish import Voleuse De Coeurs will be aiming to break the drought in the 2014 Sydney Cup, having also been included in nominations.

Arguably hitting career best form in her 2013 preparation prior to be transferred to Australia, the Teofilo mare was unlucky to run second in the Group 3 Irish St Leger Trial Stakes (2816m) before storming home to deliver leading trainer Dermot Weld another Group 1 Irish St Leger (2816m) crown by more than six lengths.

A final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Sydney Cup is due to be released on Tuesday evening.

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2014 Sydney Cup Nominations

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ANAGOLD Mick Price 90
2 ANGOLA Pat Carey 83
3 BAYRIR (FR) Chris Waller 103
4 BLACK TYCOON Justin Warwick 103
5 BLOODBUZZ OHIO Gary Portelli 59
6 BRIGANTIN (USA) Chris Waller 102
7 COOLDINI Robert Smerdon 96
8 DESERT JEUNEY Nigel Blackiston 90
9 EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent 105
10 FIFTH COLUMN Gerard Betros 67
11 FIORENTE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 118
12 GALLATIN Peter Snowden 70
13 GONDOKORO (NZ) Pat Carey 101
14 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 113
15 HIPPOPUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 86
16 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody 105
17 JULIENAS (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 105
18 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 94
19 LET’S MAKE ADEAL Nigel Blackiston 99
20 LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys 75
21 LUNAYIR (FR) Chris Waller 91
22 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 89
23 MASSIYN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 101
24 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller 109
25 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 111
26 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 99
27 ORDER OF THE SUN Gai Waterhouse 73
28 PENTOMETER (NZ) Chris Waller 78
29 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller 104
30 POET’S FORTUNE Anthony Cummings 63
31 PRINCE CHERI (FR) David Vandyke 100
32 PROJECTILE Gai Waterhouse 79
33 RAWNAQ David Hayes 78
34 RETORT COURTEOUS (NZ) Steve Englebrecht 65
35 SCOTTISH BALLET Pam Webber 53
36 SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington 105
37 SESENTUM (GB) Gai Waterhouse 67
38 SHIKRA Peter Snowden 64
39 SHOW THE WORLD (NZ) Murray Baker 76
40 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James 111
41 SPRING CHEER (NZ) Kevin Myers 98
42 SUMMERBLISS Michael Kent 80
43 SURPASS (NZ) Michael Moroney 85
44 TAMARIZ Gai Waterhouse 72
45 TANBY Robert Hickmott 103
46 TENBY LADY (USA) Gai Waterhouse 77
47 THE OFFER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 95
48 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 98
49 TUPAC AMARU Peter Snowden 70
51 VAQUERA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 89
52 VAYAKHAN (FR) David Vandyke 69
53 VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE) Michael Moroney 113
54 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Mark Oulaghan 105