2015 Sydney Cup First Acceptances Feature Hartnell

March 10th, 2015

First acceptances for the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) closed on Monday afternoon, with 44 of the initial 91 nominated horses remaining in contention for the $1.6 million race.

Protectionist will carry the top weight of 58kg in the Group 1 Sydney Cup on April 11.

Protectionist will carry the top weight of 58kg in the Group 1 Sydney Cup on April 11. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

Unsurprisingly, Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) winner Protectionist headlines the field with a top weight of 58kg. It was a fantastic win for the German raider, putting a massive margin on his 22 rivals to win by four lengths.

The five-year-old horse enjoyed a winning barrier trial at his home base of Newcastle on February 2 before resuming in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m), which was his first start for new trainer Kris Lees.

It was always a longshot that the proven stayer would excel over 1800 metres but with two mile races few and far between, he needed to kick start his campaign somewhere. Jockey Craig Williams reported Protectionist was not suited to the Caulfield circuit, finishing four lengths off winner Mourinho in sixth place.

Red Cadeaux and Who Shot Thebarman remain in contention for the 2015 Sydney Cup, rounding out the Melbourne Cup first three home. Nine-year-old Red Cadeaux is set to get his first Australian start outside of the race that stops the nation this Saturday in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington before travelling to Sydney.

Chris Waller’s Who Shot Thebarman resumed in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on February 28, finishing one and a half lengths off winner Contributer in fifth place.

Speaking of the Chipping Norton Stakes, runner-up Hartnell features in the first acceptances as well as in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on the same day.

The British import had his first Australian start at Warwick Farm on February 28, finishing half a length behind Contributer. The gelding was second last in the field to the 600 metres before steering between runners rounding the home turn and getting a split at the 200 metres. He got to third place passing the 100 metres and battled on gamely.

Hartnell has placed in 10 of his 14 career starts, including over two miles in the Listed Queen’s Vase (3219m) at Royal Ascot last June. He is set to carry the minimum weight of 52kg.

Other talented stayers that feature in the 2015 Sydney Cup first acceptances include the Hong Kong-based Dominant, Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) runner-up Rising Romance, Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) winner and Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) third Renew, and Gai Waterhouse’s Greatwood.

The Sydney Cup is one of eight Group One races that make up The Championships series, running at Royal Randwick Racecourse on April 4 and 11. Check out the full list of first acceptances for the race below.

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2015 Sydney Cup First Acceptances

Royal Randwick Racecourse – 11/04/2015

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 PROTECTIONIST (GER) Kris Lees 1 58kg 115
2 DOMINANT (IRE) John Moore 2 56.5kg 112
3 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 3 56.5kg 112
4 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) Donna Logan 4 53.5kg 110
5 BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller 5 55kg 107
6 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller 6 54.5kg 108
7 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 7 54.5kg 107
8 AU REVOIR (IRE) Peter G Moody 8 54kg 107
9 ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE) John Sadler 9 54kg 107
10 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 10 52.5kg 104
11 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea 11 52kg 109
12 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea 12 52kg 104
13 AKZAR (IRE) Darren Weir 13 52kg 104
14 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy 14 52kg 103
15 EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent 15 52kg 103
16 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride 16 52kg 102
17 GREATWOOD (GB) Gai Waterhouse 17 52kg 101
18 BAGMAN Chris Waller 18 52kg 101
19 SONNTAG Henry Dwyer 19 52kg 100
20 QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse 20 52kg 99
21 MAYGROVE Murray Baker 21 52kg 97
22 DISCLAIMER (GB) Peter & Paul Snowden 22 52kg 97
23 WISH COME TRUE (IRE) Peter G Moody 23 52kg 96
24 LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys 24 52kg 95
25 RENEW (IRE) Archie Alexander 25 52kg 95
26 OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB) Chris Waller 26 52kg 95
27 SABOR A TRIUNFO (CHI) Peter & Paul Snowden 27 52kg 92
28 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 28 52kg 92
29 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) Peter G Moody 29 52kg 92
30 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller 30 52kg 92
31 SHOW THE WORLD (NZ) Murray Baker 31 52kg 89
32 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller 32 52kg 87
33 TUPAC AMARU John O’Shea 33 52kg 83
34 MARTINVAST (IRE) Archie Alexander 34 52kg 81
35 RAWNAQ David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 35 52kg 80
36 ONLY A PLEASURE (IRE) Archie Alexander 36 52kg 79
37 ARTIBAI (GB) Kris Lees 37 52kg 75
38 BOOGIE SHOES (GB) John Sargent 38 52kg 74
39 DON DOREMO (NZ) Robbie Laing 39 52kg 72
40 DOUKHAN (IRE) Kris Lees 40 52kg 72
41 FELIX BAY Kevin Moses 41 52kg 70
42 TAMPERE Shaun Dwyer 42 52kg 68
43 MIDAS (NZ) Bart & James Cummings 43 52kg 66
44 KARATA Nigel Blackiston 44 52kg 53