2016 Darwin Cup Nominations Released

July 20th, 2016

Nineteen runners have been included in nominations for the 2016 Darwin Cup (2000m); to be run at Fanny Bay Racecourse on Monday, August 1st.

Lightinthenite has been included in 2016 Darwin Cup nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Lightinthenite has been included in 2016 Darwin Cup nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Local trainer Gary Clarke is poised to launch a typically smart attack on the 2016 Darwin Cup after confirming a total of four runners in nominations, including Finke and Lightinthenite.

Finke is undoubtedly the formed horse of Northern Territory racing at current, and has not tasted anything but success through eight starts in 2016 so far.

Returning for a freshen-up for success in the Darwin Guineas (1600m) on July 2nd, the Turffontein gelding repeated the dose in the Northern Territory Derby (2000m) on July 16th and is subsequently offered a rare opportunity to claim the Triple Crown with a win in the Darwin Cup.

A proven performer at the course, distance and class, Lightinthenite is the reigning Darwin Cup champion and is a leading chance of defending his crown in 2016.

Trialling well in the lead-up to his racing return, the Galileo gelding ran a smart fourth in the Chief Minister’s Cup (1600m) first-up on July 9th and is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from the run.

Lloyd Kennewell has been pleased with the form and class displayed by Abu Dhabi this time, and has included the talented gelding in 2016 Darwin Cup nominations.

Posting three wins and a further six minors through fifteen career starts so far, Abu Dhabi returned from a freshen-up for fourth in the Australian Made Handicap (1300m) on the Morphettville Parks circuit on May 28th.

Running second in the RSL Trobis Handicap (1300m) in his first appearance in Darwin on June 16th, the I Am Invincible gelding has since run second to Finke in each of the Darwin Guineas and Northern Territory Derby.

Victorian galloper Canny Ballad has been held on the country circuit this year and should carry benefit into the Darwin Cup.

Claiming five wins and a further eleven minors through thirty-seven career starts, the Dream Ballad gelding placed fourth in an Oakbank minor over 1400m first-up on March 26th; progressing to seventh in the McAlister Painters BM80 (1400m) at Murray Bridge.

Having placed fifth in the Chief Minister’s Cup upon arriving in Darwin, Canny Ballad ran sixth in the Million Dollar Fish Buntine (1900m) on July 16th.

The 2016 Darwin Cup field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, July 28th 2016.

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2016 Darwin Cup Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 1425134222 ABU DHABI G 4 Lloyd Kennewell 73
2 x371668x16 ADJUSTER G 7 Ken Rogerson 76
3 1770×11230 BIG MAN G 6 Gary Clarke 81
4 5860x4x756 CANNY BALLAD G 7 Michael Hickmott 77
5 1218122142 CELEBRAKTI G 7 Gary Clarke 70
6 7111111×11 FINKE G 4 Gary Clarke 82
7 475×813315 FLYING TORMENTA M 5 John Peacock 73
8 1143639288 KAYNO G 6 Kerry Petrick 80
9 27809x11x4 LIGHTINTHENITE G 9 Gary Clarke 100
10 4801314142 MONTALTO M 7 Angela Forster 90
11 1637234663 MOON DEVIL G 8 Angela Forster 81
12 0223651745 MOONLIGHT HUSSLER G 5 Danny Penna 61
13 x27357x527 ORION (NZ) G 6 Kerry Petrick 78
14 3523393511 OUR VALDIVIA (NZ) G 6 Lisa Lefoe 77
15 x005627x34 PRETTY BLONDE M 8 Kym Healy 75
16 x9045x6591 ROYAL REQUEST G 6 Neil Dyer 83
17 4693110×22 SATURDAY SORCERER G 7 Jason Manning 82
18 1890×48370 SPARTAN EAGLE G 9 Bob Richard 78
19 x065755541 WHISTLE STOP G 6 Dick Leech 85