A talented list of nineteen runners have been included in 2015 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) nominations, highlighted by the pending appearance of some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting racing prospects.
The Offer has returned to racing in typically competitive form this time and has been included by trainer Gai Waterhouse in 2015 Newcastle Gold Cup nominations.
Beginning his racing career under the guidance of leading Irish trainer Aiden O’Brien, The Offer made an immediate impact on Australian racing upon debuting in 2013; highlighted by success in the Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m).
Undoubtedly finding career-best form to date through the 2014 Autumn Carnival, the Montjeu entire finished third in the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) before taking out each of the Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m), Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) and Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m).
Clearly needing the run when eighth in the Listed Southbank Insurance Brokers Quality (1800m) first-up on June 20th, The Offer has since won the Listed Rowley Mile (1600m) and finished a luckless fifth when blocked for a run in the Listed Wyong Cup (2080m).
John Thompson previously trained out of Newcastle when head of the Patinack Farm operation and has included Tremec and Orbec in 2015 Newcastle Cup nominations.
Tremec continues to produce strong efforts for Thompson through each of his racing preparations to date, and highlighted his recent Autumn Carnival campaign with success in the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m).
Having failed to beat a single runner home in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) first-up, the Zabeel gelding is sure to relish and step-up to 2300m for the Newcastle Cup.
Arguably Thompson’s best chance of success in the Newcastle Cup, Orbec has found great form in his first Australian preparation and is primed for success on Friday.
A standout in his native France, the Le Havre entire debuted in Australia for second in a talent-rich minor over 1800m before running on for third in the Wyong Cup last start.
The 2015 Newcastle Cup final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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2015 Newcastle Gold Cup Nominations
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2x3131x031||GLORIOUS SINNDAR (FR)||G||5||Kris Lees||1||54kg||75|
|2||x5960x8x15||THE OFFER (IRE)||G||7||Gai Waterhouse||2||60kg||108|
|3||1×18821141||BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE)||G||6||Chris Waller||3||58kg||104|
|4||0x40831516||JETSET LAD (NZ)||G||8||Brian Smith||4||57kg||102|
|5||4x078160x0||TREMEC (NZ)||G||7||John P Thompson||5||54.5kg||97|
|6||13955×1431||MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE)||G||6||John O’Shea||6=||54kg||95|
|7||24211x7x23||ORBEC (FR)||H||5||John P Thompson||6=||54kg||95|
|8||00755×9960||DISCLAIMER (GB)||G||6||Peter & Paul Snowden||8||54kg||92|
|9||9235748×76||ORIENTAL LADY (GER)||M||6||Kris Lees||9||54kg||87|
|10||4111×41191||ASTRONOMOS (GB)||H||5||David Vandyke||10||54kg||85|
|11||x063373622||JUST AS COSMIC||M||6||Jason Coyle||11=||54kg||84|
|12||x71150x7x0||WEXFORD TOWN (IRE)||G||5||Robert Hickmott||11=||54kg||84|
|14||6×05478714||GHOST PROTOCOL (IRE)||G||7||Paul Perry||14||54kg||78|
|15||02611×8037||RIO PERDIDO (FR)||G||7||Kris Lees||15||54kg||75|
|16||52x6105x42||ZEE ZEELY (GB)||G||5||Gai Waterhouse||16||54kg||72|
|18||21×2710223||NAPOLEON (GER)||G||6||Jarrod Austin||18||54kg||68|
|19||x308164462||MORE THAN AHOLIDAY||G||5||Mick Dwyer||19||54kg||66|