2014 Darwin Cup Nominations Released

July 30th, 2014

A talented field of 22 has been nominated for an appearance in Monday’s featured Darwin Cup (2000m), highlighted by several notable competitors over the 2014 racing calendar so-far.

Cantonese has been included in nominations for the 2014 Darwin Cup

Cantonese has been included in nominations for the 2014 Darwin Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

A particularly classy competitor, having secured several notable results over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, trainer Neil Dyer has nominated Cantonese for an appearance in the 2014 Darwin Cup.

Claiming a total of seven wins and eight minor places from 35 competitive starts to date, Cantonese began his racing career under the guidance of now-Darley trainer John O’Shea in the autumn of 2011, and was unlucky to be pipped on the line and second in his first ever appearance on course.

Transferring to the care of Bjorn Baker partway through the 2012 Spring Carnival, the rising seven-year-old continued to build in form and class on his way to arguably his best calendar to date through 2013; unlucky to finish just outside the places in all of the Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup (1600m), Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m) and Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) most notably.

Claiming two minor places from his two most recent appearances at Darwin’s Fannie Bay course, Dyer is confident the 2014 Darwin Cup poses the perfect conditions for a return to the winner’s circle for Cantonese next week.

A standout chance for success in the 2014 Darwin Cup, Gravitational is unlucky not to be aiming for a third consecutive race win in Monday’s feature, having won the Darwin Guineas (1600m) on July fifth before being unluckily blocked for a run and second in the final straight of the NT Derby (2000m) last time out on July 19th.

Securing three race wins and five minor places from 17 competitive starts, Gravitational travelled to Adelaide over late Autumn to contest Morphettville’s major racing events; finishing third in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2000m) before being caught up during the running of the Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m), finishing tenth.

Trainer Gary Clarke is set to be offered four times the chance of success in the 2014 Darwin Cup, having also nominated classy runners Lightinthenite, Storm Approach and Warrego Melody.

Also beginning his racing career under the guidance of trainer John O’Shea, Lightinthenite has extensive experience over featured Group level events and finished fourth in the 2012 edition of the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) most notably.

Claiming two wins and five places from just 14 starts so far, Storm Approach is yet to hit peak condition over six starts this time in, but has performed to a great standard since moving to Darwin in May.

A consistent performer in winning eight events and placing in a further nine over a total of 30, Warrego Melody is more than a chance of success should he be allocated a favourable draw.

A final field of 12 plus three emergencies and barrier draw for the 2014 Darwin Cup is due to be released on Thursday morning.

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# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 BOMBALATOMBA (NZ) Peter Stennett 70
2 CANTONESE Neil Dyer 87
3 CONSTANT FORCE Bill & Symon Wilde 90
4 DEFLECTION Alwyn Trengrove 65
5 DESIGN FOR LIFE Chris Nash 69
6 DIFFERING FORTUNES Greg Connor 86
7 GRAVITATIONAL Gary Clarke 77
8 IDATRICE Greg Connor 65
9 LETHAL ARROW Dick Leech 77
10 LIGHTINTHENITE Gary Clarke 97
11 PRETTY BLONDE Kym Healy 91
12 PULL NO PUNCHES David Bates 91
13 ROYAL REQUEST Neil Dyer 84
14 SATURDAY SORCERER Stuart Gower 68
15 SLEW LEFT Michael Templeton 54
16 SMARTY MAC Dick Leech 84
17 SPARTAN EAGLE Bob Richard 78
18 STORM APPROACH Gary Clarke 69
19 THE BIG STEEL Stephen Brown 77
20 THE RUFFIAN Sheila Arnold 87
21 WARREGO MELODY Gary Clarke 83
22 WHISTLE STOP Dick Leech 59