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Nominations close for autumn Group 1 features at Flemington

The Melbourne autumn races are drawing close with nominations for three Group 1 features to be run at Flemington closing on Monday and the TAB opening early betting on the races. 

Strong nominations were received for the $1 million Australian Guineas (1600m) on February 27, followed by the $1.5 million Australian Cup and the $1.25 million Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on Super Saturday, March 6. 

Caulfield Guineas winner Ole Kirk headlines the Australian Guineas list of 122 nominations which also includes North Pacific, VRC Oaks winner Personal and her Lindsay Park-trained stablemates Aysar and Crosshaven along with last year’s Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa. 

First run in 1863, the Australian Cup is one of Australia’s oldest races, being first run in 1863. 

This year’s weight-for-age contest has attracted 61 nominations, including Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet, Mackinnon Stakes winner Arcadia Queen and her stablemate, last year’s All Star mile winner Regal Power, as well as last year’s Australian Cup winner Fifty Stars. 

A total of 56 sprinters have been entered for the Newmarket Handicap, highlighted by last year’s winner Bivouac, the Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained Hey Doc, along with Chris Waller’s straight-track specialists Nature Strip and September Run. 

Victoria Racing Club chief executive Steve Rosich said the club was thrilled with the nominations for the three Group 1 races. 

“We expect all three Group 1 races to feature proven horses plus the rising stars of our sport and it will be an interesting battle to see what horses add their name to the honour roll for three of our most prestigious races,” Rosich said. 

TAB opened their markets on Tuesday with Ole Kirk the $6 top elect for the Australian Guineas, ahead of Aegon and North Pacific at $8 with Aysar and Young Werther on the next line at $11. 

Arcadia Queen and Sir Dragonet share top billing at $6 for the Australian Cup ahead of Caulfield Cup winner Verry Elleegant at $8 and Regal Power and Young Werther at $11. 

In the Newmarket Handicap, September Run leads the market at $6 from Bivouc at $8 with Nature Strip, Wild River and Written Beauty all $11 chances. 

TAB also is offering pre-nomination markets on other Melbourne autumn Group 1 races including the C F Orr Stakes at Caulfield, the Lightning Stakes at Flemington, and the Oakleigh Plate and Futurity Stakes at Caulfield.

Link to Australian Guineas nominations

Link to Australian Cup and Newmarket Handicap nominations

TAB ODDS

Australian Guineas on February 27 (All In)

$6           Ole Kirk
$8           Aegon
                North Pacific
$11         Aysar
                Young Werther
$15         Away Game
                Brando
                Cambourne
                Crosshaven
                Mo’unga
                Personal
                Tagaloa
$26         Aim
                Amish Boy
                Cherry Tortoni
                Doubtland
                Grandslam
                I’m Thunderstruck
                Jet Propulsion
                Khoekhoe
                Prague
                Prime Star
                The Elanora
                Victoria Quay
$51+      Others Quoted

TAB Australian Cup on March 6 (All In)

$6           Arcadia Queen
                Sir Dragonet
$8           Verry Elleegant
$11         Regal Power
                Young Werther
$15         Colette
                Fifty Stars
                Finche
                Funstar
                Humidor
                Kolding
                Master Of Wine
                Warning
$26         Avilius
                Chapada
                Grandslam
                Le Don De Vie
                Miami Bound
                Mirage Dancer
                Neufbosc
                Nonconformist
                San Huberto
                Shared Ambition
                Sound
                Southern France
                Steel Prince
                Toffee Tongue
$51+      Others Quoted

Newmarket Handicap on March 6 (All In)

$6           September Run
$8           Bivouac
$11         Nature Strip
                Wild Ruler
                Written Beauty
$15         Away Game
                Haut Brion Her
                Savatiano
                Swats That
                Tagaloa
                Zoutori
$26         Anders
                Aysar
                Bella Vella
                Brooklyn Hustle
                Celebrity Queen
                Dame Giselle
                Dirty Work
                Doubtland
                Elite Street
                Flit
                Hanseatic
                Hey Doc
                Lyre
                Masked Crusader
                Roheryn
                Sirius Suspect
$51+      Others Quoted

C.F. Orr Stakes on February 6 (Pre Nominations)

$4.50     Behemoth
$6           Ole Kirk
$8           Glenfiddich
                Probabeel
$10         Melody Belle
                Mystic Journey
                Sir Dragonet
$15         Aegon
                Buffalo River
                Fierce Impact
                Funstar
                Mr Quickie
                Mugatoo
                Tagaloa
$21         Age Of Chivalry
                Begood Toya Mother
                Cascadian
                Dollar For Dollar
                Hungry Heart
                Vassilator
                Verry Elleegant
$26+      Others Quoted

Black Caviar Lightning on February 13 (Pre Nominations)

$3.50     Bivouac
$4.50     Nature Strip
$6           September Run
$8           North Pacific
$11         Libertini
                Ole Kirk
$15         Anders
                Eduardo
                Fabergino
                Farnan
                Haut Brion Her
                Pippie
                Swats That
                Wild Ruler
                Written Beauty
$26         Ancestry
                Bella Vella
                Dirty Work
                Doubtland
                Elite Street
                Hanseatic
                Hey Doc
                Standout
$51+      Others Quoted

Oakleigh Plate on February 20 (Pre Nominations)

$6           North Pacific
$8           Ole Kirk
$11         Anders
                Farnan
                September Run
                Swats That
                Wild Ruler
                Written Beauty
$15         Ancestry
                Dirty Work
                Doubtland
                Eduardo
                Elite Street
                Hanseatic
                Haut Brion Her
                Hey Doc
                Libertini
                Pippie
$26         Bella Nipotina
                Bold Star
                Brooklyn Hustle
                California Zimbol
                Deprive
                Fabergino
                Garner
                Ranting
                Standout
$51+      Others Quoted

Futurity Stakes on February 20 (Pre Nominations)

$6           Arcadia Queen
                Behemoth
                Ole Kirk
$8           Probabeel
$10         Glenfiddich
$15         Aegon
                Fierce Impact
                Funstar
                Melody Belle
                Mugatoo
                Sir Dragonet
                The Harrovian
                Verry Elleegant
$21         Buffalo River
                Hungry Heart
                Mr Quickie
                Mystic Journey
                Tagaloa
$26         Age Of Chivalry
                Begood Toya Mother
                Cascadian
                Dollar For Dollar
$34+      Others Quoted



 

 

 

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