Today the nominations for the elite line-up of races scheduled to take place Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday during Caulfield Cup Day were released, including the entries for the $125,000 Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m).
The 2010 David Jones Cup, formerly the Coongy Handicap, has drawn 37 nominees competing for a spot in the 16-horse final field, including a number of gallopers that will contest the race if they miss out on a run in the Caulfield Cup.
The Luca Cumani-trained Becqu Adoree, the Lloyd Williams-owned trio of C’est La Guerre, Muir and Mourayan, as well as Bart Cummings’ Empires Choice and Ciaron Maher’s Moudre are the Caulfield Cup hopefuls that will use the David Jones Cup as a back-up plan for Saturday.
Last start winner of the Craven Plate, C’est La Guerre broke his previous 31-month winning drought in the Randwick race and should start one of the favourites in the David Jones odds at Ladbrokes.com.au if accepted.
Other notable entries for the David Jones Cup include Peter Snowden’s Craven Plate runner-up Purple, Zabeel gelding Rainbow Styling who was the upset winner of the Naturalism Stakes before finishing second to Precedence in the JRA Cup at Moonee Valley last month and Trusting.
John Thompson’s four-year-old Trusting has shown terrific improvement in Sydney this season, twice finishing second at Group 1 level in the George Main Stakes and Epsom Handicap and has real claims here.
The other runner to watch is another from the Lloyd Williams’ contingent, nine-year-old Danehill gelding Zipping who showed he was still capable of great success with a stunning win in the Turnbull Stakes last-start.
The 2010 David Jones final field will be released later in the week along with the betting odds and we will publish both so stay tuned.
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2010 David Jones Nominations
|1||BECQU ADOREE (FR)||Luca Cumani||82|
|2||BUFFETT (NZ)||Jarrod McLean||82|
|3||C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||108|
|4||CROCODILE CANYON (NZ)||Howard Mathews||82|
|5||DEALER PRINCIPAL||Anthony Cummings||103|
|6||DREAM PEDLAR||Troy Blacker||93|
|7||EMBLEM OF LIBERTY (SAF)||Darren Weir||95|
|8||EMPIRES CHOICE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||104|
|9||GINGA DUDE (NZ)||Graeme Boyd||101|
|10||GOLDEN CHARMER||Dan O’Sullivan||82|
|11||GOTTA KEEP COOL||Darren Weir||86|
|12||I’M IMPOSING (GB)||Robert Hickmott||82|
|13||LA ROCKET||Dale Sutton||104|
|14||LARISTAN (FR)||David Hayes||89|
|16||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||107|
|17||MUIR (GB)||Robert Hickmott||86|
|20||PHAZE ACTION||Robbie Laing||85|
|21||PLAYWRIGHT (NZ)||Steve Richards||100|
|23||RAINBOW STYLING (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||103|
|24||RED BUTTONS||Michael Kent||89|
|25||RED RULER (NZ)||John Sargent||107|
|26||ROCK KINGDOM||Gai Waterhouse||106|
|29||SEA GALLEON||Colin & Cindy Alderson||68|
|30||STANSTILL (IRE)||Michael Kent||89|
|31||SYNDROME (NZ)||Michael Moroney||87|
|32||THE FUZZ (NZ)||David Hayes||102|
|33||TOKEN OF HONOUR||David Hayes||82|
|34||TRUSTING||John P Thompson||107|
|37||ZOOMIN (NZ)||Michael Kent||97|