An impressive list of 84 three-year-olds have been nominated for an appearance in this year’s featured Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), to be run at Flemington Racecourse on November 1st.
Stamping his claims as a serious black type contender when taking out the Group 3 Newcastle Spring Stakes (1600m) last time out on September 17th, Godolphin have nominated Sweynesse for the 2014 Victoria Derby.
Debuting with an exceptional turn of foot to win the Blue Gum Forest Plate (1400m) by two lengths on debut on May 10th, the Lonhro colt has returned to racing in slick form this time in; taking out the TAB Early Quaddie 3.y.o (1400m) in his only other start prior to the Spring Stakes.
Included in nominations for all of the Caulfield Guineas, Cox Plate and Spring Champion Stakes through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, trainer John O’Shea is confident Sweynesse will find his best form over extended distances.
Godolphin is poised to be offered several good chances of success in the 2014 Victoria Derby, having also nominated the likes of Kumaon and Gouldian.
Securing one win and four minors from his seven competitive starts so far, Kumaon immediately stamped his claims as one to watch from two starts in his maiden campaign; winning the Schweppes Golden Gift (1100m) first-up before finishing third to Fighting Sun and Boomwaa in the 2014 ATC Membership On Sale Plate (1100m) on January 4th.
Returning in great form over autumn, the son of Lonhro finished second in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) first-up before placing a credible sixth in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on April 12th; returning to the paddock after running on for third in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m).
Finishing second in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) first-up on August 30th, Kumaon was unable to match the late pace of eventual winner Hallowed Crown, finishing tenth.
Increasing in form and class with every step-up in distance over three starts in autumn, Gouldian ran on for fourth amongst classy competition on the Testa Rossa @ Vinery Handicap (1400m) on September 10th.
Having also finished third behind Veuvelicious and Careless in the Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) most notably on April 19th, O’Shea is expecting big things from the Street Cry colt this time in.
Stamping his claims as one to watch with several impressive black type performances over autumn, Zululand has secured only one win and two places from his nine competitive starts, but has clearly been searching for extra distance since returning this time in.
Winning the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), finishing fifth in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce and second in the Champagne Stakes most notably, the Fastnet Rock colt has only managed mid-pack finishes in three starts through spring but will relish a step-up to 2500m.
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2014 Victoria Derby Nominations
|1||ARMADA||Peter G Moody|
|2||ATMOSPHERE (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|3||AWARD OF MERIT||Tony McEvoy|
|4||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|6||BERNING DESIRE||Robert Smerdon|
|10||CADUCEUS (NZ)||Paul & Kris Shailer|
|12||CORAM||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|13||CUBAN FIGHTER||Robbie Laing|
|14||DIVAN (NZ)||Robert Hickmott|
|15||DOWNTOWN CHICAGO (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|16||DRUM ROLL||David Vandyke|
|17||DUCK DYNASTY (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|18||EASTERN CAPE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|19||ESPRIT DE SOL||Mark Riley|
|20||FIREHOUSE ROCK||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|21||FRANK HEAVENS||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas|
|22||GO ZEUS||Chris Hyland|
|24||HAMPTON COURT||Gai Waterhouse|
|26||HIGH ’N’ HANDSOME (NZ)||Jason Warren|
|27||HOME RUN HERO||Matt Laurie|
|28||IT’S THYME (NZ)||Chris Hyland|
|29||JIM’S JOURNEY||Peter F Blanch|
|30||JUSTAWAY (NZ)||Steve Richards|
|32||KIWI DREAMER (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|33||KODINHI (NZ)||Anthony Freedman|
|36||LIGHT UP MANHATTAN||Ciaron Maher|
|37||LONDON FOG||Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington|
|38||LORD BECKWORTH||Paul Perry|
|39||LOTION||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|41||MAN CAVE||Gary Portelli|
|42||MANHATTAN AVENUE||Mick Price|
|43||MASTER RESET||Matt Laurie|
|44||MERION (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|45||MIHANY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|46||MIRACLE THE SECOND||Daniel Clarken|
|49||MUNJIZ||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|50||NIMBOSTRATUS (NZ)||Symon Wilde|
|52||OUR SHANAKEE||David Noonan|
|53||PANZER DIVISION||Paul Messara|
|54||PELIRROJO||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|56||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|58||PURPLE PRIDE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|59||RANDAROCK||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|60||ROAD TO SHANGRI LA (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|61||ROYAL STANDING||Brent Stanley|
|62||SAN PADRE||Michael Kent|
|63||SCRATCH ME LUCKY||Paul Perry|
|64||SILVER EAGLE||Peter G Moody|
|65||SIMPLY EXPLOSIVE (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|66||STITCH ME UP||Shane Nichols|
|67||STRADA DELLA MODA||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|68||STRATUM STAR||Darren Weir|
|69||SUBMARINE||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas|
|71||TASHBEEH||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|72||THE BRIGHTONIAN||Matt Laurie|
|73||THE MIGHTY JROD (NZ)||Robbie Laing|
|74||THE SPITFIRE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|76||TRIPLE GOLD||Peter G Moody|
|77||TURBO STREET||Tony McEvoy|
|79||VERREAUX (NZ)||Mark Kavanagh|
|80||VOLLEY OF FIRE||Anthony Cummings|
|81||WAR POINT||Mick Price|
|82||ZIMBABWE (NZ)||Mark Kavanagh|
|83||ZULULAND||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|