2011 Newcastle Gold Cup Nominations & Weight

September 12th, 2011

The 2011 Newcastle Cup nominations show that a huge list of 30 horses are still vying for a spot in the final field of the race with only 16 spots up for grabs.

The Newcastle Cup is a 2300m contest rated at Group 3 level and it’s been pinpointed by a host of top quality trainers as one to target in the beginning of cup’s campaign.

Whether that campaign extends to the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne or if it stays at the provincial level all comes down to the horse however there’s no doubting the Newcastle Cup is a perfect gateway to either path.

That’s probably why so many people are going after it with the final field to be revealed amid a wave of expectations tomorrow morning.

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Even at this early stage there are a couple of horses worth a look should they be accepted for in the Newcastle Cup.

Chris Waller has a string of entries including top weight Stand To Gain as well as Bellagio Wynn and The Verminator.

Gerald Ryan has Ironstein who proved his worth during the Brisbane winter carnival while Ben Ahrens has the well regarded Spechenka.

Viking Legend is another with big promise while Fantastic Blue is enjoying a great run of form up in Brisbane over the last few weeks.

Others to watch out for include Raeburn, Warrior Within, Galizani, Frozone and Essence Of Success meaning there’s just so much talent in the Newcastle Cup nominations.

Check back tomorrow for the finals fields and later in the week for form guides and tips.

2011 Newcastle Cup Nominations & Weight

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller 1 58kg 103
2 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 2 57.5kg 102
3 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 3 57kg 98
4 BELLAGIO WYNN Chris Waller 4= 55kg 94
5 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens 4= 55kg 94
6 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller 4= 55kg 94
7 HUME (NZ) Brian Smith 10= 53.5kg 91
8 VIKING LEGEND Ross Simpson & Tracey Barnes 10= 53.5kg 91
9 AKINOSHIRABE (JPN) John P Thompson 24 53kg 76
10 BASE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 7= 53kg 93
11 ESSENCE OF SUCCESS Gai Waterhouse 10= 53kg 91
12 FANTASTIC BLUE Paul N Nolan 10= 53kg 91
13 FLAMING CIRCLE Dale Riley 27 53kg 71
14 FROZONE (NZ) Alan Bailey 9 53kg 92
15 GALIZANI John P Thompson 7= 53kg 93
16 GAZZA GURU Stephen Farley 19 53kg 81
17 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 14= 53kg 88
18 HIDDEN GEM David Vandyke 18 53kg 82
19 HOME ON A WING Anthony Cummings 23 53kg 77
20 KING OF THE NILE Joanna Methven 25 53kg 75
21 RAEBURN Brian Smith 17 53kg 84
22 RODEO PLAYBOY John B Scott 29 53kg 64
23 ROSKO DE LARGO Gwenda Markwell 30 53kg 56
24 SHAMARDASHING John P Thompson 20 53kg 80
25 SPLENDID HONOURS Paul Perry 28 53kg 67
26 TAMANU PARK Bart Cummings 26 53kg 74
27 TANBY Robert Hickmott 16 53kg 86
28 THEY WON’T LAST John P Thompson 21= 53kg 78
29 TIMETABLE (GB) Kris Lees 21= 53kg 78
30 WARRIOR WITHIN Bruce W Hill 14= 53kg 88