Aussie stars add intrigue to NZ Cup nominations
Group 1-winning stars Lochinvar Art and Majestic Cruiser headline a quartet of Australians that have been nominated for the IRT New Zealand Cup at Addington on Tuesday, November 8.
Lochinvar Art, one of Australia's most decorated pacers, has already won seven Group Ones including the Hunter and Victoria Cups but has never raced on this side of the Tasman while Majestic Cruiser proved he's up with the best in Australasia by taking out of the Group 1 Messenger at Alexandra Park in April, after finishing second to 2020 New Zealand Cup champion Self Assured in The Race at Cambridge.
Joining Majestic Cruiser in the nominations, which closed this week, are fellow Australian-based pacers Rock N Roll Doo and Cast No Shadow.
Both Kiwi bred, Rock N Roll Doo has been in a rich vein of form of late for Mick Stanley with two wins in his last four starts at Melton, while the former Paul Court and Bob Butt-trained Cast No Shadow has won 17 races, dead heating in his last start victory at Albion Park.
Numbers-wise Robert and Jenna Dunn have the biggest representation with five nominations - Classie Brigade, Smiffy's Terror, Sam's Town, Heisenberg and Steel The Show, while Steve and Amanda Telfer have three with B D Joe, Alta Wiseguy and Allamericanlover.
Defending champion Copy That, who's currently racing in Australia, is nominated too, as is Self Assured and fellow All Stars guns Spankem and Akuta. Emerging star Old Town Road is also there, having furnished a fine record of seven wins from ten starts for northern trainer John Dickie.
The full list of nominations (40) for the IRT New Zealand Cup is :
B D Joe
Cast No Shadow
Got You Covered
Hot And Treacherous
Last Tango In Heaven
Old Town Road
Rock N Roll Doo
South Coast Arden
Steel The Show
The Dominion :
Trotting's great race the Dominion, on Friday November 11, features 27 nominations including two-time champion and record holder Sundees Son. He won in both 2020 and 2021, with his victory last year being in a scintillating 3:56.6.
The reigning Horse of the Year is one of three nominations for Team Dunn, along with Aardiebythehill and Mataderos.
Sundees Son's greatest rivals in recent times - Bolt For Brilliance and Muscle Mountain - are also nominated.
Muscle Mountain is one of three nominations from the Greg and Nina Hope barn along with Enghien and Midnight Dash.
Regan Todd also has two nominations, with Oscar Bonavena and the recently-acquired Andy Hall, as does Paul Nairn with Matua Tana and 2019 Dominion winner Habibi Inta.
The full list of nominations (27) for The Dominion is :
Bolt For Brilliance
Chief Of Staff
Five Wise Men
One Over Da Stars
Over The Love
Son Of Patrick
Nominations for the Graphite Developments Futurity will remain open till next Wednesday.