Protectionist Leads 2015 Sydney Cup Nominations

February 10th, 2015

The Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) is one of only two two-mile races running during the autumn carnival so it’s no surprise that 91 stayers have been nominated for the $1.6 million race at Royal Randwick Racecourse on April 11.

Protectionist is set to tackle two-miles during the autumn after being nominated for the Sydney Cup.

Protectionist is set to tackle two-miles during the autumn after being nominated for the Sydney Cup. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

The Sydney Cup is one of eight races that make up The Championships – a lucrative meeting that covers the first two weekends in April – all of which closed their nominations on Monday afternoon.

Many of the big stayers from last spring are featured in the nominations, including perhaps the biggest – Protectionist. The five-year-old horse won the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) last November in a race that truly stopped the nation.

After finding himself beyond midfield one off the fence, Protectionist looked to peel to the outside when full of running. He switched course inside and once in the clear put a massive margin on his rivals to win the $6.2 million race by four lengths.

Under the care of new trainer Kris Lees, Protectionist will be aimed towards the 2015 Sydney Cup during the autumn before potentially defending his Melbourne Cup title in the spring.

The Sydney Cup could turn into a Melbourne Cup redux with the majority of the 22 runners being nominated for April’s race, including runner-ups Red Cadeaux and Who Shot Thebarman.

The Ed Dunlop-trained Red Cadeaux broke a record of his own after finishing runner-up in the Melbourne Cup for the third times, making him the only horse to do so. For the first time ever, the British raider will travel to Australia outside of the spring as he’s set to tackle The Championships.

Who Shot Thebarman was a surprise third in the Melbourne Cup with a starting price of $21 at but he managed a top staying effort after taking the inside run and battling away like he usually does. The six-year-old gelding also won the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) over two miles but was only a moderate ninth in last year’s Sydney Cup.

Peter Moody’s Au Revoir finished eighth in the Melbourne Cup on just his second start in Australia before going on to win the Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) on November 15.

Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) first and second Renew and Like A Carousel are also nominated for the race.

Other promising stayers nominated for the 2015 Sydney Cup include Darren Weir’s Akzar, Eight-year-old Green Moon, Chris Waller’s Junoob, Listed Australia Day Cup (2400m) runner-up Permit, Donna Logan’s Rising Romance, and South Australia Derby (2500m) second Scratchy Bottom.

Check out the complete list of Sydney Cup nominations below.

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2015 Sydney Cup Nominations

Royal Randwick Racecourse – 11/04/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 22145x525x AKZAR (IRE) Darren Weir N/A
2 6x52x3121x ARTIBAI (GB) Kris Lees N/A
3 4111x ASTRONOMOS (GB) David Vandyke 71
4 x426x4381x AU REVOIR (IRE) Peter G Moody N/A
5 571511211x AVERAU Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison N/A
6 x1x3114x0x AY NO DIGAS (GER) Kris Lees 69
7 4311335x7x BAGMAN Chris Waller 104
8 1x BAJOUR (NZ) Chris Mcnab N/A
9 9021x42x8x BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller 110
10 10x281023x BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy N/A
11 x28471267x BLIZZARD (NZ) Jeff McVean & Emma-Lee Browne N/A
12 4515x9768x BOOGIE SHOES (GB) John Sargent N/A
13 867x63248x BRING BACK Mark Ashby N/A
14 118x09115x BRING SOMETHING Ken Keys N/A
15 21x700295x CANNY BALLAD Joseph Pride 92
16 09x68x785x CARRICK (NZ) Kurt Goldman 81
17 1x67x0615x COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE) Mick Price N/A
18 7x512x DANJEU (IRE) Chris Waller 69
19 941x16541x DELAGO’S SECRET Roger James N/A
20 515215565x DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride 102
21 49x405143x DISCLAIMER (GB) Peter & Paul Snowden 97
22 3587x0004x DOMINANT (IRE) John Moore N/A
23 01x210321x DON DOREMO (NZ) Robbie Laing N/A
24 136x31x31x DOUKHAN (IRE) Kris Lees N/A
25 1135x4442x EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent N/A
26 26341x853x FELIX BAY Kevin Moses 69
27 114x494x2x GAMBLIN’ GURU Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas N/A
28 781082954x GHOST PROTOCOL (IRE) Paul Perry 80
29 334x54x66x GOSH (IRE) Chris Waller 91
30 1131124x7x GOTTA TAKE CARE Darren Weir N/A
31 x723211x8x GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller N/A
32 111x40429x GRAPHIC (NZ) Michael Moroney N/A
33 x22x310x7x GREATWOOD (GB) Gai Waterhouse 97
34 x427x6095x GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott N/A
35 13x521167x HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea N/A
36 1x2x HAVANA COOLER (IRE) John O’Shea N/A
37 4321x3x HIGH SEAS Bjorn Baker N/A
38 x718547x2x HIMALAYA DREAM (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
39 9x5373350x IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea N/A
40 43x861D70x JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 108
41 1x6037300x KARATA Nigel Blackiston N/A
42 4211x6650x KIRRAMOSA (NZ) John Sargent N/A
43 000x95813x KOROIBETE Peter G Moody 82
44 x820x8830x LASER HAWK Joseph Pride 105
45 26x3211x LASSITUDE John O’Shea 73
46 13424x561x LAST WISH (NZ) Tony McEvoy 71
47 3196x5321x LE ROI (GER) Tony McEvoy N/A
48 145x867x6x LESS IS MORE (FR) David Vandyke N/A
49 470x51362x LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys N/A
50 371132431x LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY Tony McEvoy N/A
51 073625353x MARTINVAST (IRE) Archie Alexander N/A
52 35031x134x MARY LOU Anthony Cummings 73
53 521712121x MAYGROVE Murray Baker N/A
54 4x4213x MIDAS (NZ) Bart & James Cummings 65
55 57x7253x MY DANCING DUEL (NZ) Robbie Laing N/A
56 x90x06x07x ONLY A PLEASURE (IRE) Archie Alexander N/A
57 62x050160x OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 104
58 11x9380x9x OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB) Chris Waller N/A
59 71621x846x PELICANO Tony McEvoy 100
60 375750x12x PERFECT START (NZ) Wayne Hillis N/A
61 549x35742x PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller 97
62 841531012x POP ’N’ SCOTCH Liam Birchley N/A
63 0x6116x07x PROJECTILE Gai Waterhouse 79
64 31x221141x PROTECTIONIST (GER) Kris Lees N/A
65 123x35150x QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse 101
66 30x5177x0x RAWNAQ David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
67 4x60x4726x RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop N/A
68 x630021x0x RENEW (IRE) Archie Alexander N/A
69 241x47226x RISING ROMANCE (NZ) Donna Logan 108
70 23113x644x ROCK DIVA (NZ) Tony Pike N/A
71 7x7192142x RODWAY Peter G Moody N/A
72 51x20x260x ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE) John Sadler N/A
73 1x78x2170x SABOR A TRIUNFO (CHI) Peter & Paul Snowden 92
74 14532x086x SCRATCHY BOTTOM Michael Kent N/A
75 x2x25x5x4x SESENTUM (GB) Gai Waterhouse 65
76 13x3x SHE’S INSATIABLE (NZ) Terrill Charles N/A
77 21x0077x3x SHOW THE WORLD (NZ) Murray Baker N/A
78 68x610127x SINGING FLAME Kevin Moses 89
79 7x9x676x0x SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) Peter G Moody N/A
80 x31211x18x SONNTAG Henry Dwyer N/A
81 251217x80x SPACE Michael Moroney N/A
82 254134084x SURPASS (NZ) Michael Moroney 85
83 504212237x TAMPERE Shaun Dwyer N/A
84 3x32x12x1x THE TIDY EXPRESS (NZ) Roger James N/A
85 x86320x44x TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 94
86 26x0900x0x TUPAC AMARU John O’Shea N/A
87 7987x9523x VATUVEI Peter G Moody 90
88 19x071103x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller N/A
89 712x43054x WISH COME TRUE (IRE) Peter G Moody N/A
90 3x6123x31x ZADON Robbie Griffiths N/A
91 x253210x1x ZIMBALI (FR) Peter G Moody N/A