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.
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
|3||BAYRIR (FR)||Chris Waller||103|
|4||BLACK TYCOON||Justin Warwick||103|
|5||BLOODBUZZ OHIO||Gary Portelli||59|
|6||BRIGANTIN (USA)||Chris Waller||102|
|8||DESERT JEUNEY||Nigel Blackiston||90|
|9||EPINGLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||105|
|10||FIFTH COLUMN||Gerard Betros||67|
|11||FIORENTE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||118|
|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|
|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|
|39||SHOW THE WORLD (NZ)||Murray Baker||76|
|40||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||111|
|41||SPRING CHEER (NZ)||Kevin Myers||98|
|43||SURPASS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||85|
|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|
|50||UNBELIEVABLE BUY||John Thom||55|
|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|